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: Forza Horizon 4, Monster Hunter, SotTR & Ghost Recon Wildlands

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
Forza Horizon 4 (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

AMD typically performs very well in Forza games, having promoted both Forza 7 and Horizon 4 for benchmarking to some extent, but sadly, the #BetterRed team falls far behind NVIDIA here. The RX Vega 56 is somehow 4 FPS slower than the 1660 Ti at 1440p, a gap that widens to 9 FPS at 1080p. Naturally, edging out Vega 56 means that the 1660 Ti really outperforms the RX 590 here.

Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
Monster Hunter World (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

We’ve come to yet another title that shows very strong performance on the 1660 Ti against Vega 56, with the lowbie NVIDIA card once again beating that competition out at 1080p. At 1440p, the going gets a little more tough, and the RX Vega 56 begins to strut its stuff, placing 2 FPS ahead. Still, that leaves the 1660 Ti well ahead of the RX 590, which is its actual competition at the $279 price point.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

Yet again, we’re seeing super strong performance from the 1660 Ti in its battle with the Vega 56 – a battle we were not even considering when testing. To us, the competition has been the RX 590, yet that card is falling behind a fairly significant margin often. Granted, we’re only testing with eight game titles here, but there’s an even spread between vendor-favoring titles between them, and yet NVIDIA is still coming ahead of the RX 590 each and every time.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (1080p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (1440p) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Performance

We wrap up our testing with another example of the 1660 Ti outperforming the RX 590 competition which only released in November. NVIDIA clearly has an answer for anything AMD wants to put out, which puts the red team in an awkward position. Given this performance, it’s going to be hard to sell an RX 590 for $279 when NVIDIA’s $279 option regularly goes toe-to-toe with the even higher-end RX Vega 56.

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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