Seriously, NVIDIA is offering some seriously good performance here with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and MSI is taking advantage of its cooling technology and custom card goodness with the GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X where it can offer huge performance that easily beats AMD's Radeon RX 590 in 1080p and 1440p.
1080p - MSI's new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X is quite the card for high FPS gaming at 1080p, with new releases like Apex Legends pushing over 100FPS average on Ultra graphics (minus AA) and even better performance in a better looking game like Battlefield V. The MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X is capable of a damn good 116FPS average at 1080p in Battlefield V on Ultra (again, with AA disabled). This is just 9FPS away from the RTX 2070, 6FPS off of the Radeon RX Vega 64, and neck and neck with the RX Vega 56.
In my favorite game, Overwatch, the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X pumps out a rather impressive 164FPS average which beats out the RX Vega 64 (by a single 1FPS). There's a larger 30FPS gap between the GTX 1660 Ti and the GTX 1070 Ti and RTX 2060, and even larger 40-60FPS leap to the GTX 1080 and RTX 2070. Still, if you've got a 1080p monitor with a faster 120/144/165Hz refresh rate, the new MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X would be a perfect card for Overwatch.
Rainbow Six Siege is another huge favorite amongst gamers, with the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X capable of 175FPS average at 1080p. This hands down beats the GTX 1080, and RX Vega 64.
Metro Exodus continues to punish our cards since we have it on the Extreme setting, I think I'll have to re-run the entire suite at High or Ultra because it's simply too harsh on the cards. Still, the new MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X is capable of just 33FPS average, losing by 1FPS to the GTX 1070, and by 4FPS by the Radeon RX Vega 56.
Far Cry New Dawn is another new game, with the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X just 1FPS shy of 100FPS at 1080p, beating out the GTX 1070 but losing to the Radeon RX Vega 56. Another good result from NVIDIA here, even in new games like Far Cry New Dawn at 1080p.
1440p - NVIDIA might be aiming at 1080p with its new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti but that doesn't mean you can't get a good sub $300 graphics card for 1440p gaming, right?
Starting with Apex Legends we have 81FPS on the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X, a great result if you are gaming on a 1440p 60Hz monitor. You could drop the in-game visual detail to low/medium to reach 100-120FPS average, which is what plenty of gamers do. Hell, I do it on my 4K 144Hz panel in order to get close to 120-144FPS average and that's on an overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.
We're getting the same 80FPS+ performance in Battlefield V at 1440p, beating the GTX 1070 and losing to the RX Vega 56. Overwatch runs like a dream at 1440p on the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X with 105FPS average, so again dropping details down a bit you'll hit 120-144FPS easily so 1440p 120/144Hz monitor owners will be at home with the GTX 1660 Ti in Overwatch.
Rainbow Six Siege cranks along at 113FPS average, while Far Cry New Dawn hits 75FPS average. 1440p 60Hz monitor owners in single player games like Far Cry New Dawn will be fine, as well as Shadow of the Tomb Raider which sees 62FPS average on the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X. 1440p 60FPS for AAA titles, and 1440p 120-144FPS+ for esports games. Awesome.
We're looking at running brand new games like Apex Legends at 1080p on the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X at over 100FPS average on Ultra graphics (AA disabled as always). That means the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is taking swings at not just the similarly-priced Radeon RX 590 but the higher-end Radeon RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 graphics cards that at the time of writing, were on Amazon for $400-$500 for the RX Vega 56 to $500-$650 for the RX Vega 64.
Not too damn bad for a card that sells for less than $300... able to beat the best that AMD can offer in the $400-$650 markets, as AMD has nothing else that can fight the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti until you get to $699 with the just-released Radeon VII. Even in games like Apex Legends, Battlefield and Overwatch you'll be hitting some seriously high FPS numbers on the GTX 1660 Ti.
What I want to see now is the reaction from AMD. All they have is the Radeon RX 590 which is sold for $279, the same price as the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti VENTUS XS which performs better than the RX 590. The overclocked GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X is a much better buy at $299 as you don't just get a superior graphics card, but you get the NVIDIA gaming ecosystem with things like GeForce Experience, ShadowPlay, Ansel, and other NVIDIA technologies and features.
The gamers buying a $150-$300 card find those things worth swaying to another brand for. GeForce Experience is a one-stop-shop for all things gaming, and ShadowPlay is a huge part of capturing those intense and memorable gaming moments. AMD might have similar features on the Team Red side of things, but we all know NVIDIA is vastly ahead of the game there.
AMD Radeon graphics card owners do however get the world of cheaper FreeSync-based monitors, but with nothing between the Radeon RX 590 and Radeon RX Vega 56, the money you save on a faster GeForce GTX 1660 Ti can be spent on a G-Sync compatible screen. But yet again NVIDIA is there waiting, as they recently announced support for various FreeSync gaming monitors on GeForce graphics cards, which is going to keep gamers or get new ones, to join Team Green.
All-in-all, the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a great release for a great price, and MSI once again nails it with its custom take in the form of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X. For just $279 you're getting some damn good performance, without all of the unnecessary RTX bloat.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||95%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||90%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||90%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: NVIDIA nails the $279-$299 segment with the RTX-less GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, offering oodles more performance over the GTX 1060 and thrashing the Radeon RX 590 which sells for the same price. MSI's new GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X and VENTUS XS are perfect custom cards for under $300.
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