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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 vs. GTX 1060 vs. GTX 960

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 March 2019, 14:01

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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Test Methodology

GPU Comparisons

 
GPU
Memory
Miscellaneous
Cores
Base
(MHz)
Boost
(MHz)
Type
Size
(MB)
Clock
(MHz)
Bus
(bits)
Power Config
Driver
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC
1,408
1,530
1,830
GDDR5
6,144
8,008
192
8
419.35
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition
1,280
1,506
1,683
GDDR5
6,144
8,008
192
6
418.91
Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream
1,024
1,279
1,342
GDDR5
2,048
7,200
128
6
418.91

HEXUS Graphics Test Bench

Hardware Components Product Page
Processor Intel Core i7-8700K (overclocked to 4.8GHz) intel.com
CPU Cooler Fractal Design Celsius S24 fractal-design.com
Motherboard Asus ROG Maximus X Hero asus.com
Memory G.Skill Trident Z 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-3200 gskill.com
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1,000W bequiet.com
Primary Storage 256GB WD Black PCIe SSD wdc.com
Secondary Storage 1TB Crucial MX300 SATA SSD crucial.com
Chassis be quiet! Dark Base 700 bequiet.com
Monitor iiyama ProLite XUB3490WQSU iiyama.com
Operating system Windows 10 Pro microsoft.com

Benchmark Suite

Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark Time Spy Test
Gaming Benchmarks and Settings
Battlefield V DX12, Ultra Quality
Civilization VI DX12, 8xMSAA, High Quality
Far Cry 5 DX11, TAA, Ultra Quality
Forza Horizon 4 DX12, 4xMSAA, Ultra Quality
Gears of War 4 DX12, TAA, Ultra Quality
Metro Exodus DX12, TAA, Ultra Quality
Middle-earth: Shadow of War DX11, TAA, Ultra Quality
Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX12, TAA, Highest Quality
World of Tanks enCore DX11, TSSAA HQ, Ultra Quality

Notes

Taking stock, we're hoping to see a massive improvement over the GTX 960 at all resolutions. What's key to recent GeForce buyers is whether the 1060 6GB card, released in July 2016 from $249, can remain close to a $219 card that's almost three years newer. Identifying that the backend of those two GPUs is very similar, it's actually a Turing vs. Pascal shootout.

This tri-card generational evaluation takes in more games than our regular suite, so let's saddle up and let the benchmarks commence.