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Best GeForce GTX 1660 Ti To Buy? – GTX 1660 Ti Compared

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The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti series is NVIDIA’s first Turing based graphics card that doesn’t come with any Tensor Cores and RT Cores. Basically it can’t do any real time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling feature is not available as well. However, NVIDIA just recently announced that they will be extending DirectX Raytracing (DXR) support to several GeForce GTX GPUs including the GTX 1660 Ti. But honestly, just don’t do it since the performance is very poor. Just leave the ray tracing stuff to RTX graphics cards. The GTX 1660 Ti on the other hand is a very efficient GPU and it is an ideal card for 1080p and 1440p gaming. It’s a decent pair for a 1080p high refresh rate monitor, but not so with a 1440p 144Hz monitor. There is no Founders Edition for the 1660 (Ti) series and the starting retail price is $279. There’s not much variants either; unlike with the higher-end RTX 20 series graphics cards. So choosing the best GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for your system isn’t quite confusing compared to RTX graphics cards with a lot of variants to choose from. In this article, we’ll show you a list of the released GTX 1660 Ti graphics card in the market and help you decide which one is the best for you. So if you are in the market looking for a GTX 1660 Ti check out the list and recommendations below.

Whats The Best GTX 1660 Ti - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Comparison

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Specs Comparison – What’s the Best GTX 1660 Ti Available?

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PhotoModelBoost (MHz)Cooler TypeCooling TechFan StopPCI SlotsSizeLEDAvailability
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual1770Dual FanIP5X dust fansNo221.5" x 12.1" x 4.4"NoneAmazon.com
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual OC1800Dual FanIP5X dust fansNo221.5" x 12.1" x 4.4"NoneAmazon.com
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix1770Single FanDual-ball bearingNo26.85" x 4.76" x 1.54"NoneAmazon.com
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix OC1785Single FanDual-ball bearingNo26.85" x 4.76" x 1.54"NoneAmazon.com
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Strix Gaming1770Triple FanAxial-tech fansYes2.511.9" x 5.2" x 1.97"RGB
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Strix Advanced1800Triple FanAxial-tech fansYes2.511.9" x 5.2" x 1.97"RGBAmazon.com
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Strix OC1860Triple FanAxial-tech fansYes2.511.9" x 5.2" x 1.97"RGBAmazon.com
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti TUF1770Dual FanDual-ball bearingNo28.1" x 4.8" x 1.8"None
Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti TUF OC1815Dual FanDual-ball bearingNo28.1" x 4.8" x 1.8"None
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black Gaming1770Single FanHydro Dynamic Bearing fansNo37.48" x 4.38"NoneAmazon.com
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming1845Single FanHydro Dynamic Bearing fansNo37.48" x 4.38"NoneAmazon.com
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra Gaming1860Dual FanHydro Dynamic Bearing fansNo210.55" x 4.38"NoneAmazon.com
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti MINI ITX OC1785Single Fan90mm Unique FanYes2170mm x 121.3mm x 36.4mmNoneAmazon.com
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC1800Dual FanDual 90mm Fans (Alternate Spin)Yes2225.65mm x 122mm x 40.5mmNoneAmazon.com
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC1845Dual FanWindorce 2x 100mm (Alternate Spi)Yes2264.9mm x 120.58mm x 40.41mmNoneAmazon.com
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC1860Triple FanWindorce 3x 80mm (Alternate Spi)Yes2280mm x 116.7mm x 40.4mmRGB (Logo only)Amazon.com
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti1890Triple FanWindorce 3x 80mm (Alternate Spi)Yes2280mm x 120mm x 40.5mmRGBAmazon.com
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Aero ITX1770Single FanNo2178mm x 126mm x 41mmNone
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Aero ITX OC1830Single FanNo2178mm x 126mm x 41mmNone
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor1800Dual FanTorx Fan 2.0Yes2243mm x 129mm x 42mmNone
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor OC1860Dual FanTorx Fan 2.0Yes2243mm x 129mm x 42mmNoneAmazon.com
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS1770Dual FanTorx Fan 2.0No2204mm x 128mm x 42mmNone
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS OC1830Dual FanTorx Fan 2.0No2204mm x 128mm x 42mmNoneAmazon.com
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X1875Dual FanTwin Frozr 7 + Torx Fan 3.0Yes2247mm x 127mm x 46mmRGBAmazon.com
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming1860Dual FanWide curved fan bladesNo28.3" x 4.7" x 1.61"None
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP1770Dual FanIceStorm 2.0 (2x 90mm)No26.83" x 4.38" x 1.39"NoneAmazon.com

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti uses the new TU116 GPU chip. It doesn’t have any RT cores and Tensors cores that are needed for real-time ray tracing and DLSS respectively. But it does come with the new Turing Shader innovation offering improved performance and efficiency. The GTX 1660 Ti features 1536 CUDA cores with 24 SMs or Streaming Multiprocessors. The reference model has a base clock speed of 1500MHz with a boost clock speed of 1770MHz. It is also built with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, similar to the RTX 2060’s memory capacity. However, the memory has a clock speed of 12 Gbps only, a bandwidth of 288.1 GB/s and 192-bit memory interface.

You can check out our MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G review to learn more about the GTX 1660 Ti in general.

But if you don’t have the time to browse and read the full review; in summary the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti offers performance similar to a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. The GTX 1660 Ti would be a nice upgrade if you are coming from a GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 960 or a much older card.

If you have read our review, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a good graphics card for 1080p gaming. It’s probably the best for 1080p gaming in terms of performance and value. It’s able to push well above 60 fps in 1080p resolution, making it a great pair for high refresh rate 1080p monitors as well. You can also pair the GTX 1660 Ti with a 1440p monitor. However, I wouldn’t recommend this to be paired with a 1440p 144Hz monitor in general, especially for AAA or graphics intensive games. But for eSports title or easy to drive games, it may be “good enough”. As for 4K UHD gaming, it is definitely out of this graphics card’s league. I would leave that to the RTX 2080 Ti or at least an RTX 2080.

Luckily, all GeForce GTX 1660 Ti are built with the same GPU chip inside and other core specifications. They will basically perform similar, regardless of brand, model or size. However graphics cards with beefier cooler has the advantage of having higher (sustained) boost clock speeds. Below are some frequently asked questions to help you decide which GTX 1660 Ti is the best for you or your system.

FAQ: What GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has the best cooler and has great cooling performance?
The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a very efficient graphics card. It doesn’t run (very) hot at all. And it can be passively cooled with a decent-sized heatsink when in idle to light load situations. Generally speaking, the beefier the cooler on the graphics card, the cooler it runs. A dual fan with a “regular-sized” heat sink is very much enough to cool the GTX 1660 Ti. I think tri-fan cooler design, like the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or the Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Strix Gaming, is somewhat overkill already (unless you are after the looks or aesthetics). But they are usually more expensive compared to dual fan solution; with a price tag usually nearing a price of a reference RTX 2060. If that’s the case, better get the faster RTX 2060 instead.

Here’s an article comparing the GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060, in case you are torn between two graphic cards.

FAQ: What GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the fastest out of the box?
Based on the specs sheet above, the fastest GTX 1660 Ti out of the box would be the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti followed by the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X. MSI’s GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X is a really good graphics card, both in performance and in aesthetics.

FAQ: Is it worth it to buy an expensive GeForce GTX 1660 Ti?
Short answer, NO! From the list of GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards above, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Strix OC Edition is currently the most expensive. It has a retail price of $330 USD at the time this article was published; also it’s the initial price when the card was released in the market. It’s not going to be significantly faster than the other GTX 1660 Ti listed above. It doesn’t even have the highest factory overclocked speeds. Just add $20 more and you can get a reference RTX 2060 already, at $350 USD. The only reason I can think of why you would opt for the Strix OC is for the brand and aesthetics. Price/performance wise, it’s not worth it.

FAQ: So what’s the best GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for my Gaming PC?
Since all of the GTX 1660 Ti will perform similarly at the end of the day, better pick the one that: 1. fits your budget, 2. compatible with your case / chassis, 3. you like how it looks. Take note that EVGA’s GTX 1660 Ti has a tri-slot design despite being a small form factor card. If your casing or chassis has only two PCI slots available then it would not fit. We recommend the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X overall due to its performance and aesthetics. Though, it’s a little bit pricier compared to a reference GTX 1660 Ti.

There you have it guys, let us know on the comment section below what GTX 1660 Ti graphics card captures your attention. I hope this article helped you in one way or another in choosing which GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the best for you. Please don’t forget to share this article with your friends if you find it useful or helpful.

Also check out our GeForce RTX 2060 Compared and GeForce RTX 2070 Compared. If you are gaming at 4K UHD or you simply want the fastest gaming graphics card currently available; then there is only one answer for that -> GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hi. Im looking to buy a 1660ti card. My setup: asus z170 pro gaming, i7 6700, Evga 1000GQ, corsair vengance lpx 8gb, be quiet dark rock3 i have a very old case so i will change it dont even know the brand(13 years old) which brand do u recommend for this setup? Need only for lightroom and 4k movies, internet browser. No gaming at all. Thx
    Levente

    • What case are you planning to buy?
      There are several 1660 Ti that are good. The one from EVGA, MSI (Gaming X), Gigabyte, etc.
      Depends on your budget too. Just don’t spend too much on a 1660 Ti, or a 1660 Ti that is priced close to an RTX 2060.

      By the way, there’s also the new GTX 1660 Super, a bit cheaper than the 1660 Ti but performance is very close.
      It was recently released, so not sure if it’s already available in your area.

  2. Hi, I am looking at two GPU:
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card VS MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB Gaming X.

    You recommended MSI Gaming X, but I would like to know how much better it performs than EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB XC ULTRA GAMING? Right now EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB XC ULTRA GAMING is priced at 270 in Newegg, while MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB Gaming X is around 300 across websites. I can wait until Christmas to see if the price will drop, but I do want to know which one is better, and what price I should expect to be a good deal.

    Btw my case is Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case if it matters.

    • Hi Oliver, generally speaking both cards are the same GTX 1660 Ti. Both are factory overclocked as well. You won’t see or feel any significant difference between the two.
      They’ll basically perform similarly. Go with the one that you prefer in terms of looks and the one you are comfortable with the price.
      Also, not sure what’s the GPU clearance for your casing, you might want to check it as well. But I don’t think it would be a problem since that case can support full-sized graphics cards, at least based on the photos I see from Cooler Master’s site.

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