As we expected, we follow our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti test with an even more comprehensive 33-game benchmark test. The first look back looked at a dozen of the recently released games like Resident Evil 2, Metro Exodus, Apex Legends, and many others.
We were excited to see how the 1660 Ti would stack up in a much wider selection of games, so let's do it today. The "Performance Summary and Breakdown" section contains the 12 games we've already watched and the new 21 titles. We will analyze and comment on the results for 12 of these 21 titles below.
We performed all tests on the same test bench, which consists of a Core i9-9900K with 5 GHz and 32 GB DDR4-3200 memory. For the drivers we used Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 for the Radeon GPUs and Game Ready 418.91 WHQL for the GeForce GPUs.
First we have Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and although it's an AMD sponsored title, it prefers Nvidia hardware and we see that the GTX 1660 Ti can keep up with Vega 64 here. It was also 42% faster than the RX 590. Compared to other GeForce parts, it corresponded to the GTX 1070 and was only 11% slower than the RTX 2060.
Next up is Strange Brigade, another title sponsored by AMD. This time it plays well with AMD hardware, which makes more sense. Interestingly, the RTX 2070 is somewhat faster than the GTX 1080, but the GTX 1660 Ti is somewhat slower than the GTX 1070. Nevertheless, the overall performance was good at 1440p and the new, affordable Turing GPU also displaced the RX 590.
In Star Wars Battlefront II, the GTX 1660 Ti shows that it is significantly ahead of the GTX 1060 6GB and the RX 590 and offers over 40% more performance. In this title we look at a GTX 1070 or Vega 56-like performance with an average of 68 fps.
DiRT 4 with CMAA is an AMD special, but the GTX 1660 Ti could still keep up with the RX 590 and offered the same experience. The 1660 Ti was similar to the GTX 1070 Ti and was only 5% slower than the GTX 1080.
Next up is For Honor, here we see the GTX 1660 Ti sneak in just behind the GTX 1070, which meant that it was also a few frames less than the Vega 56. Nevertheless, it was still almost 30% faster than the RX 590 and GTX 1060 6 GB.
Sniper Elite 4 is one of the few games that supports DirectX 12 and actually runs better with DX12. Nevertheless, the GTX 1660 Ti has left the GTX 1070 a bit behind in this case. It was also 12% slower than Vega 56. Although it was not a bad result, it was also not the best result on the card.
In The Witcher 3, the 1660 Ti corresponds to the GTX 1070 as often. The GPU also suited Vega 56 and was 26% faster than the Radeon RX 590, but most importantly, the visual settings of the game were almost exhausted and an average of 1440p delivered very good playable 54 fps. This allowed for a much better experience than the RX 590 or 6 GB GTX 1060.
F1 fans will appreciate what the GTX 1660 Ti has to offer for less than $ 300. You are looking for a performance between a GTX 1070 and 1070 Ti. The Radeon GPUs also do very well in this title, but the 1660 Ti still dusted the RX 590 by 23%.
When testing with Warhammer Vermintide 2, the GTX 1660 Ti complies with Vega 56. Note that we use the DirectX 11 API for testing. Some Vega users have complained that we prefer Nvidia through the use of DX11. This is not the intention, but last we checked whether DX11 offers better frame time performance. We plan to retest these GPUs with DX12 to be sure. In the event that these Vega owners haven't received the memo, Turing is now pretty handy in DX12 and Vulkan titles anyway.
The performance in Prey is slightly below what you would expect from the GTX 1660 Ti, although with an average of 86 fps it was still far ahead of the RX 590 and the GTX 1060 6 GB. The low 1% result was also very solid, although it lagged behind the 1070 with a 9% margin, which was a little surprising.
At Kingdom Come Deliverance, the 1660 Ti sits between 1070 and 1070 Ti, making this new mid-range GPU ~ 14-15% slower than the more expensive RTX 2060 and Vega 56. It wasn't much faster than the RX 590 … well , it was 22% faster, but since we saw it 40% at times, a margin of 22% looks modest in this case.
We have already seen how Warframe works better with Pascal GPUs. For example, the GTX 1080 is 8% faster than the RTX 2070. Here, the GTX 1070 was 16% faster than the 1660 Ti, in fact the new budget Turing offer was only 9% faster than the GTX 1060 6 GB, so pretty disappointing Result for fans of Warframe.
GTX 1660 Ti against GTX 1060
In our first test, the GTX 1660 Ti was on average 40% faster than the GTX 1060 6 GB with 1440p. This number has dropped significantly compared to 33 games, now the 1660 Ti is only 34% faster, although it still has a decent lead.
The reason for this is the limited choice of games, which by chance was cheaper for the Turing GPU. The focus was on new titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Apex Legends, Resident Evil 2 and Hitman 2, all of which strongly favored the 1660 Ti.
Now, however, we've added games like Warframe, Shadow of War, and half a dozen other titles where the 1660 Ti beat the 1060 by less than 30%, cut that average, and made the GTX 1660 Ti 34% faster than the average GTX 1060 6G, which in itself is not a bad result as it only costs 12% more.
GTX 1660 Ti against GTX 1070
In our first day coverage, the 1660 Ti was ~ 2% faster on average than the GTX 1070, and that's why we found that overall performance is essentially the same. In our 33-game test, the 1660 Ti came out exactly at the level of the 1070. This graphic gives us a good idea of where Turing is more efficient than Pascal and where Turing is of course faster in all conditions. It is just that in this case we are placing a 1920 CUDA core Pascal part against a 1536 CUDA core Turing part.
GTX 1660 Ti against RTX 2060
For the RTX 2060 comparison, we see margins similar to our original test. The 1660 Ti used to be 12% slower, now with 33 games the margin has increased slightly to 14%. We need to test Forza Horizon 4 again to find out what's going on there. Other than that, Warframe, Metro Exodus, and World of Tanks are the only other major outliers.
GTX 1660 Ti against Radeon RX 590
The performance range remains the same when compared to the Radeon RX 590.
The 1660 Ti is 24% faster here.
GTX 1660 Ti against Vega 56
Compared to the Radeon Vega 56, the GTX 1660 Ti is 8% slower on average, although with more titles we see some examples where the GTX 1660 Ti was significantly slower: Warframe, Strange Brigade, Battlefield V, DiRT 4 and Resident Evil 2 zum Example. In the meantime, the GTX 1660 Ti was a little faster or a match for Vega 56 in Assassins Creed Odyssey, Fortnite, Vermintide 2 and Apex Legends.
Cost per frame and final thoughts
A quick update of our cost per frame graphic. If you read our GTX 1660 Ti test from days before, the change here is mostly very small with ~ 2-4 fps. Only the Radeon VII saw a significant change in the 33-game sample, and here it stacks much better than in the previous 12-game comparison. For the purpose of this article, however, we are not interested in Radeon VII, but Vega 56, RX 590 and RX 580 play a more important role in this comparison.
Overall, little has changed … The GTX 1660 Ti is only 9% more expensive than the RX 580 per frame, but 12% cheaper than the RX 590 and 22% cheaper than the Vega 56 at the typical price of $ 400. Compared to the RTX 2060, the cost per frame of the 1660 Ti is improved by 7%, which is a solid result for the new GTX graphics card.
In this way, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti can be used in a variety of games. It was interesting to see where it offers great advantages over GPUs like the GTX 1060 6GB and others where the gains were less impressive.
Although the GTX 1660 Ti seems less attractive to owners of GTX 1060 6 GB in this massive benchmark comparison, an average performance increase of 34% is still nothing to make fun of. If we are currently playing with a GTX 1060 and looking for a bit more power, upgrading to a GTX 1660 Ti is worth considering. The new GPU offers next level performance at a low price premium. If you have something faster than a GTX 1060 or RX 580 like Vega 56 or the GTX 1070, there is of course still no worthwhile upgrade option if you want the best value for money.
For those who come from much older mid-range GPUs, either the GTX 1660 Ti or the Vega 56 are the first choice. The RX 590 is just not fast enough for the price, although we are finally seeing some changes on some models as low as $ 240, which brings the cost per frame closer. You are usually better off with this level of performance with the Radeon RX 580. We don't expect any real GTX 1660 Ti competitors from AMD until Navi falls.
There are currently 1660 Ti graphics cards available for $ 280.
Zotac with its gaming model, MSI has the Zentus, EVGA has the XC Black, Gigabyte offers an OC card of the basic model and a mini-ITX version. So it doesn't seem to be a problem to get a decent model for the EIA. We really like the look of the MSI Ventus and we will try to get our hands on one very soon. As of today, the GTX 1660 Ti has no competition for the best value and the overall package for the price.