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Review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming OC

by Parm Mann on 29 October 2019, 13:01

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

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Conclusion

...a key competitor in the sub-£250 space, rendering the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti tougher sells to the well-informed gamer.

There are now a dozen GeForce graphics cards based upon Nvidia's latest-generation Turing architecture. Spread across the 16 Series and 20 Series product lines, with either GTX or RTX branding, the range has grown into an increasingly complex portfolio that covers a wide spectrum of price points.

At the lower end of the scale, the new GeForce GTX 1660 Super effectively takes the GTX 1660 foundation and adds faster GDDR6 memory to deliver GTX 1660 Ti-like performance. Couldn't Nvidia just have cut the price of the existing Ti card? Possibly, but a new GPU sounds better than a price cut, and we don't imagine GTX 1660 Super required many hours of R&D.

For consumers, the upshot is that GTX 1660 Ti levels of performance are now available at a lower starting $229 price point, and though that's small comfort to anyone who recently purchased a 16 Series, the 1660 Super now serves as a useful destination for gamers looking to upgrade from ageing hardware.

Gigabyte, as expected, gives the Super GPU a familiar triple-fan makeover, resulting in top-notch cooling, albeit in a form factor that's larger than necessary for this class of card. Keep a close eye on UK pricing in the weeks following launch, as we anticipate the GTX 1660 Super Gaming OC being a key competitor in the sub-£250 space, rendering the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti tougher sells to the well-informed gamer.

The Good
 
The Bad
Cheaper than 1660 Ti and almost as quick
Well-suited to high-quality FHD gaming
Good cooling performance
 
No bundled games
Large for this class of GPU



Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming OC 6G

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Difficult to assess its exact value until the radio silence on RX 5500 ends. So far no availability, no review, nothing. I'm hoping for reviews before black Friday as I'm in the market.
This will be complete once we have new Radeon 55xx series.

Knowing that memory prices are going down, that GDDR6 is probably at the price point the GDDR5 was when 1660 was presented.
So, they are actually making more money on the same chip.
spacein_vader
Difficult to assess its exact value until the radio silence on RX 5500 ends. So far no availability, no review, nothing. I'm hoping for reviews before black Friday as I'm in the market.

In the market? is a 480 4g not suitable
PC-LAD
In the market? is a 480 4g not suitable

At 1440 I'm starting to hit the limit with VRAM (wish I'd spent the extra £30 to get a 8GB model now,) so I'm looking for a cheapish solution to that problem around Black Friday. I'm hoping RX5500 will either be a compelling purchase or at least put some steep discounts on RX 580/590 8GB cards to clear inventory.
A okay looking card, and good thermals and noise.
Now that it is out AMD need to release their 5500 card ASAP, not least if it is able to steal the thunder of this one.