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[38 Gaming tests + videos] NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti – the worst nightmare of the RTX 2060 80W

The current mid-range class is pretty populated with a lot of video cards to choose from – starting with the GTX 1650 and you can go all the way up to RTX 2060 with its three TGP versions. These are a lot of GPUs in this price category and maybe it’s a bit messy for the regular user which one is the best choice. There is one particular video card that sometimes is staying in the shadows because of its bigger sibling (RTX 2060) – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

The reason why we are saying that is because of the fact that the non-RTX chip isn’t too far away from the performance levels of the bigger one. To be more specific, we are talking about the GTX 1660 Ti versus the 80W version of the RTX 2060. The tensor cores of the latter are additional “weight” that needs more power, and when you add more CUDA core in the mix sometimes 80W TGP isn’t enough and in moments like this, the GTX 1660 Ti takes the lead. But we will discuss that a bit later on.

Meanwhile, you can check out all available laptops with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti here:

Contents

Specs overview

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a Turing GPU that has 1536 CUDAs, 48 ROPs, 80W TGP, and a 192-bit memory bus. We have a 1455 MHz base clock and a 1590 MHz boost clock. As for the memory, its frequency is 12000 MHz.

GPU comparison table

 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
ArchitectureTuring
GPU chipTU116
Shader units1536
ROPs48
Base Clock (MHz)1455
Boost clock (MHz)1590
Memory clock (MHz)12000
Memory size (MB) 6GB
Memory typeGDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)192
TGP (Total Graphics Power)80W
DirectX version12.1
Technology12nm
RTX capabilitiesYes
Release date01.2019
Detailed specsLink

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 GTX 1660 Ti345 fps313 fps277 fps

 

DOTA 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti180 fps160 fps144 fps122 fps

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 GTX 1660 Ti173 fps134 fps73 fps46 fps

For HonorFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2060 (80W)136 fps128 fps97 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 GTX 1660 Ti291 fps213 fps197 fps174 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 GTX 1660 Ti163 fps127 fps65 fps43 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 GTX 1660 Ti93 fps85 fps74 fps48 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 GTX 1660 Ti89 fps78 fps75 fps53 fps

Doom (2016)Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti186 fps158 fps155 fps

Doom EternalFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, U.Nightmare (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti141 fps131 fps125 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 GTX 1660 Ti95 fps61 fps34 fps17 fps

Metro ExodusFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti115 fps52 fps24 fps

Gears 5Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti137 fps101 fps81 fps65 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 GTX 1660 Ti87 fps81 fps70 fps50 fps

HearthstoneFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti264 fps351 fps57 fps

 

MinecraftFull HD, Minimum (Check settings)Full HD, Maximum (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti703 fps48 fps

League Of LegendsFull HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, V.High (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti242 fps251 fps235 fps

Rocket LeagueFull HD, H.Performance (Check settings)Full HD, H.Quality (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti580 fps294 fps

OverwatchFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti250 fps212 fps135 fps

 

PUBGFull HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti165 fps135 fps132 fps109 fps

Darksiders GenesisFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Mid (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti161 fps141 fps124 fps105 fps

Halo ReachFull HD, Performance (Check settings)Full HD, Original (Check settings)Full HD, Enhanced (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti242 fps192 fps165 fps

Borderlands 3Full HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti113 fps92 fps63 fps49 fps

Team Fortress 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti160 fps151 fps

eFootball PES 2020Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti202 fps165 fps

FIFA 20Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti220 fps209 fps

The Witcher 3Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti180 fps132 fps110 fps72 fps

Need For Speed HeatFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti82 fps71 fps65 fps

Apex LegendsFull HD, Min. (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti219 fps166 fps116 fps

Battlefield VFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti155 fps119 fps104 fps98 fps

Call Of Duty Modern WarfareFull HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti109 fps98 fps76 fps

ARK: Survival EvolvedFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti136 fps66 fps54 fps34 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 GTX 1660 Ti180 fps110 fps69 fps48 fps

 

WarframeFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti260 fps238 fps

 

World Of Tanks EncoreFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti589 fps262 fps137 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 GTX 1660 Ti166 fps143 fps125 fps106 fps

 

Path Of ExileFull HD, Minimum (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti406 fps142 fps60 fps


Verdict

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a great video card. It offers almost the same (if not equal) performance when compared to RTX 2060. The receipt for this is that the GTX 1660 Ti lacks tensor cores that probably are eating some amount of the TGP of the RTX 2060 80W. For the tests of GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060, we were using two almost identical Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54), both with Intel Core i7-9750H, both have the same cooling solution, but the GTX 1660 Ti was boosting 200 MHz or even 220 MHz+ higher than the other video card.

Probably in some other configurations the RTX 2060 80W could take the lead but based on our experience with these two GPUs on different laptops, we are pretty sure that both are always close to each other. We’re not saying that the RTX 2060 is a bad video card but if you don’t need the RTX capabilities there is no point to spend extra money on it. The 90W version is a bit faster and maybe it’s a bit better choice but still, the GTX 1660 Ti is the best bang for its money when it comes to price/performance ratio.

All laptops equipped with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti