MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X – Test Setup
Just like in my recent graphics card reviews, I am using an MSI MEG Z390 ACE motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor overclocked to 4.9GHz to test and benchmark the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G graphics card. Below are the rest of the specs of the system used:
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB Platinum
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB DDR4-3000MHz
Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X
Storage Drives: WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W Prime Titanium
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P5
When I tested the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X Graphics Card, I was using the GeForce driver version 419.17 for Windows 10 64bit. All games are tested in three resolutions, namely: 1920×1080 or full HD, 2560×1440 or WQHD and 3840×2160 or 4K ultra HD. For the synthetic benchmarks, I used the benchmark tools from 3DMark and Unigine 2. I also used the following games to test the graphics card: Battlefield 1, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Final Fantasy XV, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Middle Earth Shadow of War, Monster Hunter World, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars Battlefront II and The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt.
Below are GPUz and GPGPU screenshots of the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X:
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X – Noise and Temperature
The MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X features Zero Frozr technology, meaning that both fans will stop during idle to low load situations. This basically means that the graphics card will not produce any noise, just dead silent. Even at full load, the fans on this graphics card will speed up to only 51% or around 1750 RPM. At those speeds, I can barely hear the fans or any noise coming from the graphics card itself. However, once you manually bump up the fan speed to 60%, you’ll start hearing some noise but it’s still very silent. Around 80% and up, the fans gets noticeably louder but like a soft humming sound. I don’t think you’ll need to increase the fan speed to 80% or above, not unless you manually overclock the graphics card.
As you can see from the screenshot above, during idle to light load situations, the fans do not turn at all. The graphics card’s temperature is just hovering at around 49° Celsius. Even at 50% GPU load, there is no fan activity. The only time I see the fans start to spin is when I start playing some games. That’s when the GPU load goes up to 100% already. Pretty impressive if you ask me; and I don’t think a GTX 1660 Ti needs a big and bulky cooler to keep its temperature under control.
On full load, the temperature on the GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X went up to around 68° Celsius only. The fan speed also went up to around 1750 RPM or around 51%. I’m impressed on the cooling performance of the Twin Frozr 7, and also impressed that the GTX 1660 Ti’s GPU isn’t that hot when running in full load.
Let’s proceed to the next page and see the scores that we got with the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G graphics card.