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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X Review (Page 12)

By Anthony Garreffa from Oct 29, 2019 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSIModel: GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X 6G

Final Thoughts

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is now here... but should you buy it? That is the $229 question. There's lots of new stuff here with NULL, ReShade filters and all that -- but what about from a hardware and performance perspective? Well, that depends on you.

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What we have here is the same performance, very similar, or in cases more performance than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. The new GTX 1660 SUPER flexes between being a little better, the same, and worse than the GTX 1660 Ti depending on the specs. It has the same 6GB of GDDR6 on-board but the GTX 1660 SUPER sees its clocks at 14Gbps up from 12Gbps on the regular GTX 1660 Ti.

This means in some games that are memory bandwidth intensive, the GTX 1660 SUPER can shine. The Turing GPU isn't changed all that much, but there are some important changes that NVIDIA did to differentiate it from the GTX 1660 Ti. The GPU is slightly chopped down with 2 less SMs, and CUDA cores count drop from 1536 CUDA cores on the GTX 1660 Ti to 1408 CUDA cores on the new GTX 1660 SUPER.

But it's the GeForce GTX 1660 that the new GTX 1660 SUPER really is the big upgrade over, with the older (and still Turing-based) GeForce GTX 1660 shipping with 6GB of VRAM. The 6GB of VRAM on the GTX 1660 however is GDDR5, clocked at just 8Gbps compared to the 14Gbps on the new GTX 1660 SUPER. This means we're looking at 192.1GB/sec memory bandwidth versus a huge 336GB/sec on the GTX 1660 SUPER. That's a massive 75% increase in memory bandwidth alone.

There's enough changes here with the GTX 1660 SUPER for MSI to confidently release its custom GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X, which offers some damn good performance at 1080p and 1440p. It's a new card that will eventually fight that lower-end Navi-based Radeon RX 5500 series from AMD which isn't too far away.

If you're a 1080p or 1440p gamer with an older GeForce GTX 900-series graphics card (or older, maybe a 700-series card) then the new MSI GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X would be a huge upgrade. If you're using an older-generation AMD Radeon series graphics card past the Radeon RX 400 series, then you'll also have a big uplift in performance with the GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X.

Performance (overclocking, power) 90%

Quality (build, design, cooling) 90%

General Features (display outputs, etc) 90%

Bundle, Packaging & Software 90%

The Bottom Line

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is super-close to the GTX 1660 Ti, with MSI making the custom GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X nice and cool, and quiet. A great card for 1080p and 1440p gaming.

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