So, NVIDIA released a new “Super” card, this time it is the GeForce GTX 1660 Super. It sits right in between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti. NVIDIA will also be releasing a GTX 1650 Super on November, making all of the GTX and RTX cards super; except for the RTX 2080 Ti. Like previous GTX 16 Series card, there is no Founders Edition variant and all the 1660 Super cards are from the board partners. The GTX 1660 Super starts at $229 USD and will compete with AMD’s upcoming RX 5500 series graphics cards. Check out more details below.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics Card
What does the new GeForce GTX 1660 Super offer? Well, it offers a bit more performance from the much older GTX 1060 6GB according to NVIDIA, about 1.5 times. Its specs are very similar with the GTX 1660 except for the memory. Has fewer CUDA cores than the GTX 1660 Ti, but performance is surprisingly similar or close.
The GeForce GTX 1660 Super features 1408 CUDA cores, 22 streaming multiprocessors, a base clock of 1530MHz and boost clock of 1785MHz. However, instead of a 6GB GDDR5, its memory has been upgraded to 6GB GDDR6. And not only that, the GDDR6 memory is faster than the GDDR6 configuration on the GTX 1660 Ti. Its memory clock rate is 14000MHz with a memory bandwidth of 336 GB/s.
Basically speaking, the GTX 1660 Super is like the non-super but with a much faster memory; even faster than the GTX 1660 Ti’s memory. However, the GTX 1660 Ti still has the advantage when it comes to number of CUDA cores, SMs, Texture units, Texel fill-rate and cache size.
We previously reviewed the MSI GTX 1660 Ti Super Gaming X. And it’s a very good graphics card for 1080p gaming. It can also play games at 1440p with decent frame rates; or tone down graphics quality for a much higher frame rate.
Our review of the MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X is just around the corner. But right now, we can see that the GTX 1660 Super performs very close to a GTX 1660 Ti. Upon checking the current retail prices, we see that most GTX 1660 Ti cards are priced usually above $275 USD. If performance is very close, this makes the GTX 1660 Super a (slightly) better choice if the retail price is just around $229~$250.
This also makes it a bit confusing for the consumers. For those who are not updated with tech news or are not keen to read/watch reviews, people may not be able to distinguish which one is the faster or better card – GTX 1660 Super or GTX 1660 Ti. Both sounds faster than a non-Super or non-Ti GTX 1660.
Not to mention, there are several SKUs to choose from with overlapping retail prices. This makes it more confusing. The 1080p graphics card market has just become more saturated and it will become even more saturated when AMD releases their RX 5500 series.
Our advice is to carefully watch the prices, compare them and check the reviews before finalizing any sale if ever you are planning to buy a graphics card for 1080p gaming. Our review will go live soon, stay tune for that.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1660 Super vs GTX 1660 Specs
|GPU||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti |
|GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER |
|GeForce GTX 1660
|Base Clock||1500 MHz||1530 MHz||1530 MHz|
|GPU Boost Clock||1770 MHz||1785 MHz||1785 MHz|
|FLOPS||11 TOPS (5.5 TFLOPS FP32 / 5.5 TOPS INT32)||10 TOPS (5 TFLOPS FP32 / 5 TOPS INT32)||10 TOPS (5 TFLOPS FP32 / 5 TOPS INT32)|
|FP16 FLOPS||11 TFLOPS||10 TFLOPS||10 TFLOPS|
|Texel fill-rate||169.9 Gigatexels/sec||157.1 Gigatexels/sec||157.1 Gigatexels/sec|
|Memory Clock (Data Rate)||12,000 MHz||14,000 MHz||8,000 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||288.1 GB/sec||336 GB/sec||192.1 GB/sec|
|Memory Size & Type||6 GB GDDR6||6 GB GDDR6||6 GB GDDR5|
|Max L1 Cache Size||1536 KB||1408 KB||1408 KB|
|TDP||120 Watts||125 Watts||120 Watts|
|Transistors||6.6 billion||6.6 billion||6.6 billion|
|Die Size||284 mm²||284 mm²||284 mm²|
|Manufacturing Process||12 nm FFN||12 nm FFN||12 nm FFN|
NVIDIA New Features – ReShade, Ultra Low Latency and More
In addition to the new GTX 1660 Super and GTX 1650 Super, NVIDIa has also introduced several new features to their GeForce Experience. Below are the new features:
ReShade Filters Come to GeForce Experience
With over three million downloads last year, ReShade benefits from a vibrant modding community that creates amazing post-processing shaders for PC gaming. With the latest Game Ready Driver and GeForce Experience update, GeForce gamers can tap into hundreds of ReShade filters and easily apply them in their favourite games using NVIDIA Freestyle or Ansel.
Ultra Low Latency Mode for G-SYNC Displays: Responsive, Smooth, Tear-Free Gaming
The NVIDIA Ultra Low Latency (NULL) mode has been enhanced with support for G-SYNC variable rate technology support, so gamers can enjoy the tear-free visuals provided by G-SYNC, along with the benefit of quick response time that lower latency provides in games.
Enhanced Customizable Image Sharpening For Hundreds of Games
NVIDIA has also integrated an improved image-sharpening filter in the NVIDIA Control Panel for even faster performance and support for all DirectX 9, 11 and 12 games. It has adjustable sharpening sliders and offers a per-game profile, so gamers can custom tailor the level of sharpness for each of their favorite games.
Turing Encoder Built for Gaming and Broadcasting
Designed for gamers who like to stream on platforms like Twitch and Mixer, the new GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and 1650 SUPER GPUs feature the latest Turing Encoder (NVENC), which enables professional-level image quality and maximum game performance. With support from top streaming applications like Open Broadcaster Software and XSplit, GeForce users can benefit from new and improved NVENC integrations, making it easier than ever to start streaming their gameplay.