A SUPER Sweet Spot? NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Review

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660
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by Rob Williams on November 28, 2019 in Graphics & Displays

NVIDIA’s SUPER series of GeForce cards has reached a total of five, thanks to the recent introduction of two GTX variants. We’re taking a look at the 1660 SUPER here, with a focus on 1080p for the bulk of our testing, and up to 4K for high-FPS esports titles. Let’s see how the extra memory bandwidth is put to use!

Page 1 – A Look At GeForce 1660 SUPER & Our Test Suite

When NVIDIA launched its Turing architecture last fall, who could have foreseen how SUPER it’d become? In the summer, we saw the original GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 get replaced with faster SUPER upgrades, while the original RTX 2060 gained a SUPER complement, rather than replacement – one that commands a fifty dollar premium.

Since then, we’ve seen NVIDIA spread the SUPER butter around even more, landing on the 1650, as well as the focus of this article, the 1660. Based on the previous SUPER models, it would’ve been safe to assume that these GTX variants would add some cores to their counts, but in actuality, that only applies to one of them: GTX 1650 SUPER.

The GTX 1660 SUPER is a bit of an oddball, because it doesn’t increase the cores, or even its peak frequencies. What’s upgraded boils down to the memory, seeing a bump from GDDR5 to GDDR6, or in other words, a bandwidth boost from 192 GB/s to 336 GB/s.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and GTX 1660
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 & GTX 1660 SUPER

Before we dive in further, here’s NVIDIA’s full GeForce lineup, for easier comparisons:

NVIDIA’s GeForce Gaming GPU Lineup
CoresBase MHzPeak FP32MemoryBandwidthTDPSRP
TITAN RTX4608177016.3 TFLOPS24GB 1672 GB/s280W$1,199
RTX 2080 Ti4352135013.4 TFLOPS11GB 1616 GB/s250W$999
RTX 2080S3072165011.1 TFLOPS8GB 1496 GB/s250W$699
RTX 2070S256016059.1 TFLOPS8GB 1448 GB/s215W$499
RTX 2060S217614707.2 TFLOPS8GB 1448 GB/s175W$399
RTX 2060192016806.4 TFLOPS6GB 1336 GB/s160W$349
GTX 1660 Ti153615005.5 TFLOPS6GB 1288 GB/s120W$279
GTX 1660S140815305.0 TFLOPS6GB 1336 GB/s125W$229
GTX 1660140815305.0 TFLOPS6GB 3192 GB/s120W$219
GTX 1650S128015304.4 TFLOPS4GB 1128 GB/s75W$???
GTX 165089614853.0 TFLOPS4GB 1128 GB/s75W$149
Notes1 GDDR6; 2 GDDR5X; 3 GDDR5; 4 HBM2
Architecture: GTX & TITAN = Pascal; RTX = Turing

It’s not too often we see a release like this, where only the memory has been upgraded, but it’s definitely happened before. It does make you wonder exactly how memory-dependent, or rather, memory-starved, games at the intended detail levels and resolutions will be – so this is a fun one to test. To make the move from a regular 1660 to SUPER is $10, or $229 SRP.

As with all of NVIDIA’s GeForce cards, this GTX 1660 SUPER supports the mainstay GeForce features, such as GeForce Experience, ShadowPlay, GameStream, Ansel, FreeStyle, and so on. What the card doesn’t support is the RTX technologies, as its GTX name would imply. That means that accelerated ray tracing is missing, something that’d require a step up to at least the RTX 2060 to rectify.

There’s really not too much else worth mentioning, as this is a pretty standard fare launch. Interestingly, the model we received from NVIDIA is of GIGABYTE’s, a simply named (and stock-clocked) card that is identical to the original 1660 we have, in terms of the PCB, clocks, and cooler solution. So, this really will be a good apples-to-apples test.

A Look At Test Methodology

Techgage Gaming GPU Test PC
ProcessorIntel Core i9-9900KS (4.0GHz Base, 5.0GHz Turbo, 8C/16T)
MotherboardASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING
CPU tested with BIOS 1302 (September 20, 2019)
MemoryG.SKILL TridentZ Royal (F4-3600C16-8GTRG) 8GB x 2
Operates at DDR4-3600 16-16-16 (1.35V)
AMD GraphicsAMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8GB; Adrenaline 19.11.3)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8GB; Adrenaline 19.11.3)
AMD Radeon RX 590 (8GB; Adrenaline 19.11.3)
NVIDIA GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (8GB; GeForce 441.34)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB; GeForce 441.34)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1660 Ti (6GB; GeForce 441.34)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1660 SUPER (6GB; GeForce 441.34)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1660 (6GB; GeForce 441.34)
StorageGeForce: WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB (SATA 6Gbps)
Radeon: Kingston SSDNow V310 960GB (SATA 6Gbps)
Power SupplyCorsair RM650x (650W)
ChassisNZXT S340 Elite Mid-tower
CoolingCorsair Hydro H100i V2 AIO Liquid Cooler (240mm)
Et ceteraWindows 10 Pro (64-bit; 1909)

All of the GPUs have been tested with current (as of the time the round of testing began) drivers, and with an up-to-date Windows 10 (1909). Our operating system is kept clean and optimized to reduce benchmark interference, ensuring accurate results. V-Sync, G-SYNC, and FreeSync are disabled at the monitor and driver level. Both Intel’s chipset driver and Management Engine (ME) are updated to the latest versions.

Games Tested & Vendor Neutrality

A total of ten games are included in our current test suite. These include Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for some super-high FPS eSports testing, as well as Far Cry 5, F1 2019, Monster Hunter: WorldMetro ExodusShadow of the Tomb Raider, The Division 2, and Total War: Three Kingdoms.

We passed over Battlefield V for this round, since we had stuttery performance on the first GPU we tested (not the 1660 SUPER), so in the interest of time, we just chalked it up as a loss, and moved on. In addition to our game suite, the end of the review is augmented with some synthetic benchmarks.

Here’s the full list of games tested, and developer allegiances:

  • Battlefield V
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • F1 2019
  • Far Cry 5AMD partner
  • Metro ExodusNVIDIA partner
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Shadow of the Tomb RaiderNVIDIA partner
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege NVIDIA partner
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2AMD partner
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • UL 3DMark & VRMark
  • Unigine Superposition
Intel Core i7-6700K (CPU-Z & GPU-Z) Intel Core i7-6700K (CPU-Z & GPU-Z)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Tested Settings (1)
Intel Core i7-6700K (CPU-Z & GPU-Z)
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Tested Settings (2)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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F1 2019 - Tested Settings (1)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
F1 2019 - Tested Settings (2)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
dBpoweramp - Convert FLAC to MP3 dBpoweramp - Convert FLAC to MP3
Far Cry 5 - Tested Settings (1)
dBpoweramp - Convert FLAC to MP3
Intel Core i7-6700K (CPU-Z & GPU-Z) Intel Core i7-6700K (CPU-Z & GPU-Z)
Far Cry 5 - Tested Settings (2)
Intel Core i7-6700K (CPU-Z & GPU-Z)
CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Keyboard Switches CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Keyboard Switches
Far Cry 5 - Tested Settings (3)
CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Keyboard Switches
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
Monster Hunter: World - Tested Settings (1)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Monster Hunter: World - Tested Settings (2)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Tested Settings (1)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Tested Settings (2)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Tested Settings (1)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Tested Settings (2)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Tested Settings (3)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Tested Settings (1)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Tested Settings (2)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Tested Settings (3)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Tested Settings (4)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Tested Settings (5)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Tested Settings (6)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Total War: Three Kingdoms - Tested Settings (1)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View
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Total War: Three Kingdoms - Tested Settings (2)
Sony Ps4 Pro Angled View

Note: You can download all of the tested setting images at once here (ZIP, 7MB).

Because our time has been dominated by all sorts of benchmarking, we’ve skipped percentile tests for this review because they add a lot of extra hands-on time to get right. That said, we have lots of results in general to share, focused around 1080p resolution. We’ve also tossed 1440p and 4K performance for CS: GO and Siege to see how the 1660 SUPER fares in high-FPS esports gaming.

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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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