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Review: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming X

by Parm Mann on 11 November 2019, 14:01

Tags: MSI, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Conclusion

...though a no-frills alternative will deliver similar performance, we view the ultra-low noise levels of the Gaming X as a star attraction.

MSI has joined the GTX 1660 Super party with half-a-dozen models that repurpose existing cooler designs to fit Nvidia's latest mid-range Turing GPU.

At the top of the pile sits the £250 Gaming X. Offering solid build quality, eye-catching aesthetics and a decent factory overclock, the card is more than a match for most competitors in its class and sets itself apart through a cooler that is silent when idle and barely audible under load.

Performance is excellent at 1080p with maxed-out quality settings, but the congested nature of Nvidia's product stack leaves would-be buyers facing a bit of a dilemma. In the circa-£250 space, do you prefer a cheap and cheerful GTX 1660 Ti, or a top-drawer GTX 1660 Super? It is a case of personal preference, and though a no-frills alternative will deliver similar performance, we view the ultra-low noise levels of the Gaming X as a star attraction.

Bottom line: it could do with being £10 cheaper, but if you want a high-quality GTX 1660 Super, the MSI Gaming X delivers.

The Good
 
The Bad
Solid build quality
Keeps very quiet at all times
Excellent cooling performance
Almost as quick as GTX 1660 Ti
Well suited to high-quality FHD gaming
 
Priced awfully close to GTX 1660 Ti
No bundled games



MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming X

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They could have released the entire non RTX with GDDR6 and still does a good job than the 10 series.
I'm not really sure if the RGB lighting and the 1815MHz vs 1830MHz boost sway me over the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER VENTUS XS OC which is around £30 less. Unless of course I'm missing something else here. That boost difference isn't that huge in reality?

Both have fan stop and the Ventus Torx fans are touted as ‘for silent gaming’. I'd be interested in a comparison on the noise levels for the 1600 Super Ventus model. I'll go see if I can find a non-Super comparison to see if that scales maybe?
Disappointing really, Hexus does 3 reviews of basically the same card, but just one 5700 review.. No, I'm not saying they are the same level, 5700 is obviously a higher group, but the point is the 5700 never received the exposure Nvidia gets here. For example Could have done the Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING OC to balance out the amount of Nvidia cards on your graphs. After all you are selling it.