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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G Review – Best Graphics Card for 1080p Gaming?

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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X – Pricing and Availability

The MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X is now available in the US and UK. It comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $309 USD at launch. Meanwhile, a reference GTX 1660 Ti comes with a retail price starting at $279; meaning there is a $30 premium for the Gaming X variant. Prices do change and you can always check out the latest pricing and availability of the MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X via the links below.

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G latest pricing and availability:
For US: It’s available on Amazon.com here
For UK: Check it on Amazon UK here

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X Review – Conclusion

Honestly, I find the name “1660 Ti” to be somewhat odd. It’s like a graphics card from the previous generation – NVIDIA Pascal. Despite the naming scheme, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a graphics card based on the latest NVIDIA Turing architecture; but without any RT cores or Tensor cores for real-time ray tracing and DLSS respectively, thus the “GTX”. Nevertheless, I am quite impressed with its performance. At $279 USD (starting price), you are getting GTX 1070-like performance which is not bad at all. If you can remember, the GTX 1070 was a very popular graphics card and it was selling like hot cakes. This would be a nice upgrade if you are coming from a GTX 1050 Ti or a GTX 960, as you will experience significant performance increase coming from those cards.

Since there is no Founders Edition variant, it is up to the board partners to impress us with their GTX 1660 Ti, and I like the MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X both in terms of performance and looks. Aesthetically speaking, it’s a bit aggressive with RGB lighting and a solid metal back plate. It feels solid and premium on hand and the RGB lighting doesn’t look obnoxious at all. If you don’t like rainbow colors, you can set it to one color or completely turn it off.

The MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X is also extremely silent, dead silent thanks to its Zero Frozr technology –  a marketing term for “fans won’t turn on during idle to light load situations”. Even on full load, the fans on the graphics card is still very silent, especially if you are using a closed case setup. By the way, there’s also a GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS OC and Armor OC variant. They don’t have RGB lighting but will probably cost less compared to the Gaming X variant. But I’d still personally choose the Gaming X since it looks better (at least in my opinion).

Based on the benchmark results I got, looks like 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 use the GTX 1660 Ti for 1440p gaming resolution, but I wouldn’t recommend this to be paired with 1440p high refresh rate monitors in general. 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.

Finally, looks like NVIDIA is offering another good value graphics card in the form of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; just like the RTX 2060 FE but without the real-time ray tracing and DLSS features. I think most gamers playing at 1080p would be happy with a GTX 1660 Ti. And if you want some bling on your GTX 1660 Ti, consider the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X on the top of your list.

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