NVIDIA continues to utterly dominate with GeForce graphics card releases and the new GeForce GTX 1660 is yet another winner. AMD has nothing to compete with this constant barrage of releases until it gets Navi out the gate, but NVIDIA will easily drop its prices and compete on even better footing in a few months time.
As for performance, we're looking at a great card at 1080p for even games like Battlefield V where we're seeing 103FPS average, not far away from the RTX 2060 and it beats the RX 590 easily.
Overwatch runs like a champion on the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING X with a mighty 141FPS average, so gamers with 1080p 144Hz displays that play Overwatch will be right at home. Other esports titles like Rainbow Six Siege see similar performance with a huge 149FPS average, so again 1080p 144Hz monitor owners that need an upgrade over their older GTX 960/970/980 will be right at home here.
NVIDIA is filling out its GeForce range of graphics cards in a manner that at every $50-$100-$150 price point there is something for everyone. We now have the GeForce GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti that fall below the RTX 2060. From the RTX 2060 we have the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti. There's literally something for everyone from NVIDIA right now, at all price points.
The advancements that Turing delivers alongside the use of the 12nm node mean that NVIDIA has a price/performance beast, as you can see from our benchmark charts, but also a power-sipping beast that doesn't jump out and use 300W of power, either.
MSI continues leading the charge with a great custom GeForce GTX 1660 in its new GAMING X and VENTUS XS offerings, with our cards performing at just above 60C which means the cards are only just getting hot enough for the fans to spin. MSI's GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING X sports the company's awesome TWIN FROZR 7 cooling technology with great use of RGB lighting and higher out of the box GPU clocks, with plenty of room to move for OC while doing it in style.
The smaller VENTUS XS performs close to the same as the GAMING X variant, but does so in a much smaller package so for mini-ITX rigs it would be a perfect upgrade that brings you up to a 2019 GPU with performance that matches.
In finishing, if you're a 1080p or 1440p gamer you will want to take a look at the GeForce GTX 1660, especially if you don't have the money to go up to the GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060. AMD's current flock of Radeon RX graphics cards are still using constantly refined Polaris GPU architectures and don't match up to NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 16 series cards unless you find them ridiculously cheap.
MSI's new GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING X is the perfect card for esports games, with Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, and Apex Legends all performing beyond expectations on the TU116. You won't be disappointed with the price, the performance, or the power consumption numbers here whatsoever.
The next step from here? NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1650 that is right around the corner.
Performance (overclocking, power) 95%
Quality (build, design, cooling) 90%
General Features (display outputs, etc) 90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software 85%
The Bottom Line
NVIDIA is slowly filling out its GeForce GTX 16 series cards ahead of AMD's new mid-range Navi GPUs arrive. MSI once again solidifies itself with the GTX 1660 GAMING X and GTX 1660 VENTUS XS graphics cards.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specs: TU116 vs GP106]
- Page 3 [Specs: MSI GTX 1660 GAMING X/VENTUS XS]
- Page 4 [Detailed Look]
- Page 5 [Test System Specs]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 10 [Thermals, Power, Noise]
- Page 12 [Performance Thoughts & Final Thoughts]