EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Xc Ultra Gaming 1080p & 1440p Gaming Performance

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Xc Ultra Gaming
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by Rob Williams on February 22, 2019 in Graphics & Displays

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti becomes the fifth card based on Turing to be released, but unlike the RTX cards we’ve seen up to this point, the 1660 Ti foregoes Tensors and RT cores in favor of delivering a more competitively-priced product, and an all-around enticing competitor. Let’s see how it stacks up against NVIDIA’s own lineup, and AMD’s competition.

Gaming: Battlefield V, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, F1 2018 & Far Cry 5

Battlefield V

Battlefield V
Battlefield V (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
Battlefield V (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

Battlefield V starts us off with a 1660 Ti that’s very competitive with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56. Given the $279 pricing of the 1660 Ti, it’s easy to assume it’d perform similarly to the $279 RX 590, but there’s a decent 11 FPS average gap at 1440p, a lead that grows to 14 FPS at 1080p.

It seems strange that this $279 card keeps up to the Vega 56, but it’s not something that’s a surprise to AMD. Last night, we were shot over an email from the company talking of a $279 Vega 56 over at Newegg, which of course was sold out by the time anyone clicked through. There’s no telling if that kind of pricing is going to become static, but if it does, the RX 590 would then need a drop to reflect the gap in performance at the same price point. We’ll see what happens.

In case anyone asks, there are in fact a few models missing from the 1440p chart that could be included. That includes the GTX 1080, and possibly the 1070 Ti. The results seen above were merged from both our RTX 2060 and Radeon VII reviews, and certain cards, like the 1080, were not tested for either of those. We received our 1660 Ti less than 24 hours before embargo, and didn’t realize when the embargo lift even was, so there was no time to get other cards tested in time.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex Mankind Divided
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

In Battlefield V, the 1660 Ti pulled a fair bit ahead of the RX 590, while almost matching the RX Vega 56. In Deus Ex, the battle of the $279 cards becomes closer, but NVIDIA still ekes about 5 FPS more on average.

Meanwhile, the Vega 56 outperforms the 1660 Ti by a fair margin here, which makes you realize if that model did become available regularly for $279, it’d offer a ton of value. That’s not something we can count on, though, especially since the least-expensive Vega 56 we can find as of the time of writing on Newegg is $400 ($350 if you want to go refurbished).

F1 2018

F1 2018
F1 2018 (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
F1 2018 (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

AMD might be the company with its logo on Formula 1 cars, but it’s NVIDIA that dominates in F1 2018. Here, the 1660 Ti outperformed the Vega 56 at 1440p, and matched it at 1080p. Thanks to this, the gain on 1660 Ti over RX 590 is significant – about 15 FPS at 1440p, and 22 FPS at 1080p.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
Far Cry 5 (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

It feels like AMD is a big part of this review even though its focus is on an NVIDIA card, because we continue to see the 1660 Ti give the RX 590 a hard time, and remember, that card only released in November. NVIDIA really didn’t give AMD much time to enjoy the $279 price point before charging in with this oddly-named GTX. The RX 590 already felt like a good value, so by default, the 1660 Ti feels like a good value by this point – but, we still have more tests to conquer.

FC5 is an example of a game that happens to work better on hardware opposite of the game sponsor. Far Cry 5 was heavily promoted as being best played on Radeon, yet here we are, with NVIDIA exhibiting some notable leads.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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