We've all read the rumors of NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti graphics card coming, a new Turing-based card that won't have real-time ray tracing abilities.
We have seen teases of both an MSI and GIGABYTE family of GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards, but after speaking with an AIB source of mine, it's confirmed: the GTX 1660 Ti is coming, and it isn't far away. I would dare say that NVIDIA will launch the new cards in the not too distant future, as it'll have to better compete with AMD's upcoming Navi-based graphics cards that should fall between $299-$599 in various SKUs.
To add to this news, VideoCardz is reporting that new listings have turned up for GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards on Russian retail websites with MSI and Palit custom GTX 1660 Ti cards teased. We are to expect the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to be launched on February 15 (which is right around the corner) and then the GTX 1660 in 'early March' for prices of $279, and $229 respectively.
The big difference between the GeForce GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti is that the GTX 1660 will roll out with 1280 CUDA cores while the beefier GTX 1660 Ti will pack 1536 CUDA cores, both based on the Turing GPU architecture. They'll both have a 192-bit memory bus, with the GTX 1660 arriving with 3GB/6GB GDDR5 options and the GTX 1660 Ti rolling out with 6GB of much faster GDDR6 memory.
Palit's new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Storm X OC graphics card will roll out with its TU116 GPU clocked at 1815MHz, which is reportedly 45MHz over reference specs. These cards are listed for $400 or so, $50 more than the presumably faster GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition.