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[38 Gaming tests and videos] NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q vs GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q – the smaller is 6% faster on average

If you still remember, in one of our previous articles regarding the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, we note that in a lot of games, this GPU is faster compared to the GeForce RTX 2060 (80W). The latter is equipped with tensor cores, more CUDA units, and it has the same TGP as the GTX 1660 Ti which leads to a significant decrease in the turbo clock compared to the GTX video card.

So, we are about to inspect if we can observe the same phenomenon when we compared the Max-Q versions of these two GPUs – the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. This time the RTX product has a little advantage in terms of TGP so maybe the final score will be different?

Without further ado, let’s see the results.

See all configurations with GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q / GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q

Contents


Specs overview

The two video cards are Turing GPUs. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q is based on the TU106 chip and it has 1920 shader units, 48 ROPs, 6GB GDDR6 memory, a 192-bit memory bus, and 65W TGP. Frequency-wise, the Max-Q GPU can offer a 975 MHz base clock and an 1185 MHz boost clock while the memory frequency reaches 11000 MHz.

The GeForce GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q uses the TU116 chip. It’s equipped with 1536 CUDAs, 48 ROPs, 1140 MHz, and 1335 MHz base and boost clocks. In terms of memory, it’s clocked at (up to) 12000 MHz, its bus is 128-bit, and the VRAM is 6GB.

GPU comparison table

 GeForce RTX 2060 Max-QGeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
ArchitectureTuringTuring
GPU chipTU106TU116
Shader units1920 (+25%)1536
ROPs4848
Base Clock (MHz)9751140 (+17%)
Boost clock (MHz)11851335 (+13%)
Memory clock (MHz)11000up to 12000 (+9%)
Memory size (MB)61446144
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)192192
TGP (Total Graphics Power)65W (+8%)60W
DirectX version12.112.1
Technology12nm12nm
RTX capabilitiesYesNo
Release date01.201904.2019
Detailed specsLinkLink

 

Synthetic benchmarks


Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

cs-go-benchmarks

 

CS:GOFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q261 fps240 fps215 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q409 fps (+57%)344 fps (+43%)287 fps (+33%)




 

 

DOTA 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q164 fps145 fps139 fps123 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q206 fps (+26%)167 fps (+15%)161 fps (+16%)141 fps (+15%)




GTA-V-benchmarks

 

 

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q172 fps126 fps70 fps (+1%)45 fps (+7%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q184 fps (+7%)131 fps (+4%)69 fps42 fps




 

For HonorFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q128 fps (+11%)121 fps (+10%)93 fps (+10%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q115 fps110 fps84 fps




 

 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q225 fps184 fps174 fps161 fps (+6%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q284 fps (+26%)192 fps (+4%)174 fps152 fps




rise-of-the-tomb-raider

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)Full HD, Lowest (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q134 fps109 fps61 fps (+9%)41 fps (+14%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q174 fps (+30%)114 fps (+5%)56 fps36 fps




 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q83 fps75 fps66 fps43 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q85 fps (+2%)77 fps (+3%)68 fps (+3%)43 fps




 

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)Full HD, Lowest (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q106 fps79 fps (+4%)75 fps (+6%)48 fps (+7%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q122 fps (+15%)76 fps71 fps45 fps




 

Doom (2016)Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q176 fps (+5%)155 fps (+8%)148 fps (+8%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q168 fps143 fps137 fps




 

Doom EternalFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, U.Nightmare (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q126 fps118 fps109 fps (+4%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q133 fps (+6%)121 fps (+3%)105 fps




 

Red Dead Redemption 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q86 fps (+4%)53 fps (+4%)32 fps (+10%)14 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q83 fps51 fps29 fps




 

Metro ExodusFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q106 fps50 fps (+14%)23 fps (+15%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q106 fps44 fps20 fps




 

Gears 5Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q126 fps88 fps75 fps59 fps (+4%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q136 fps (+8%)91 fps (+4%)75 fps57 fps




 

Assassin’s Creed OdysseyFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q92 fps80 fps66 fps43 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q96 fps (+4%)84 fps (+5%)72 fps (+9%)47 fps (+9%)




 

HearthstoneFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q228 fps240 fps60 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q539 fps (+136%)520 fps (+117%)60 fps




 

 

MinecraftFull HD, Minimum (Check settings)Full HD, Maximum (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q436 fps65 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q1726 fps (+296%)108 fps (+66%)




League Of LegendsFull HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, V.High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q266 fps225 fps209 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti




 

Rocket LeagueFull HD, H.Performance (Check settings)Full HD, H.Quality (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q360 fps224 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q603 fps (+68%)260 fps (+16%)




 

OverwatchFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q237 fps185 fps (+2%)124 fps (+8%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q278 fps (+17%)182 fps115 fps







 

PUBGFull HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q165 fps130 fps (+10%)121 fps (+11%)102 fps (+13%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q169 fps (+2%)118 fps109 fps90 fps




 

Darksiders GenesisFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Mid (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q138 fps125 fps110 fps (+3%)98 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q188 fps (+36%)126 fps (+1%)107 fps101 fps (+3%)




 

Halo ReachFull HD, Performance (Check settings)Full HD, Original (Check settings)Full HD, Enhanced (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q202 fps186 fps143 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q300 fps (+49%)252 fps (+35%)208 fps (+45%)




 

Borderlands 3Full HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q105 fps84 fps59 fps (+7%)46 fps (+10%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q118 fps (+12%)85 fps (+1%)55 fps42 fps




 

Team Fortress 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q148 fps133 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q168 fps (+14%)158 fps (+19%)




 

eFootball PES 2020Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q203 fps148 fps (+9%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q222 fps (9%)136 fps




 

FIFA 20Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q186 fps171 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q268 fps (+44%)230 fps (+35%)




 

The Witcher 3Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q163 fps (+9%)123 fps (+11%)106 fps (+14%)71 fps (+18%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q150 fps111 fps93 fps60 fps




 

Need For Speed HeatFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q92 fps77 fps69 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q98 fps (+7%)82 fps (+6%)72 fps (+4%)




 

Apex LegendsFull HD, Min. (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q193 fps151 fps (+1%)106 fps (+5%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q200 fps (+4%)149 fps101 fps




 

Battlefield VFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q139 fps107 fps98 fps90 fps (+1%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q156 fps (+12%)116 fps (+8%)98 fps89 fps




 

 

Call Of Duty Modern WarfareFull HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q100 fps (+2%)89 fps (+5%)68 fps (+6%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q98 fps85 fps64 fps




 

ARK: Survival EvolvedFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q147 fps (+5%)68 fps (+11%)57 fps (+16%)37 fps (+16%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q140 fps61 fps49 fps32 fps




 

Total War Three KingdomsFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q150 fps100 fps (+6%)65 fps (+14%)49 fps(+17%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q170 fps (+13%)94 fps57 fps42 fps




 

 

 

WarframeFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q265 fps157 fps (+3%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q324 fps (+22%)153 fps




 

 

World Of Tanks EncoreFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q678 fps237 fps117 fps




 

Resident Evil 2Full HD, Performance (Check settings)Full HD, Balanced (Check settings)Full HD, Graphics P. (Check settings)Full HD, Max (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q147 fps123 fps106 fps90 fps




 

Far Cry New DawnFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q103 fps85 fps77 fps





Performance summary (gaming tests)

GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q vs GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-QFull HD, LowFull HD, MediumFull HD, HighFull HD, UltraAverage difference %
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q+1%
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q+15%+2%+6%

Verdict

Interestingly enough, the status quo from the previous two articles about the GeForce RTX 2060 (80W) and GTX 1660 Ti (80W) has been maintained. Especially on Low, the GTX video card is clearly faster – probably because it doesn’t hit its TGP limit too hard. On Medium and High, the overall score is very close, and we have a tie result for Ultra quality.

In the end, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is 6% faster on average. This means that if you don’t need the fancy ray-tracing visuals you can save some money. On the other hand, if you want to enable the RT effects alongside DLSS in games, the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q and its full-blown variant is the cheapest way to enjoy these features.

All laptops equipped with the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q

All laptops equipped with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q