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GTX 16 series: How good is the GTX 1660 Ti?


Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti was launched on February 22, 2019. The launch surprised us with the Turing architecture introduced on the 1660 Ti. Nvidia Turing introduces real-time ray tracing, AI(Artificial Intelligence) enhanced graphics, upgraded shading technologies, more cores and higher clocks making it a breakthrough in the gaming industry.

GTX 1060 vs GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060

  GTX 1060 GTX 1660 Ti RTX 2060
Architecture Pascal Turing Turing
Cuda Cores 1280 1536 1920
Base Clock(Mhz) 1506 1500 1365
Boost Clock(Mhz) 1708 1770 1680
Memory Speed 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory Config 6 GB GDDR5/X 6 GB GDDR6 6 GB GDDR6
Real-Time Ray Tracing No No Yes

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GTX 1060 was a great affordable graphics card in the previous years but with the introduction of GTX 16 series and RTX 2060 it falls behind. Afterall, RTX 2060 series are the successors of the GTX 1060. The key differences between 2060 and 1060 are architecture, memory and speed, cuda cores,ray tracing and clock speeds. 2060 is better in all aspects compared to 1060 and it comes with a price tag to justify the difference. 

However, when compared with 1660 Ti, it is like the in between bridge without ray tracing but with the latest architecture and memory configurations. The price is also in between the other two cards. We could say that the 1660 Ti is the 1060 equipped with the latest technology. 

Let’s see these beasts fps(frames per second) head to head for the latest games.

FPS Comparison

  GTX 1060 GTX 1660 Ti RTX 2060
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 58 80 95
Metro Exodus 60 80 100
The Witcher 3 50 70 85
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50 70 75
Far Cry New Dawn 75 95 110
GTA V 80 100 110
Battlefield V 60 90 105
Forza Horizon 4 72 100 110

RTX 2060 is indeed the best in these three. GTX 1060 shows that it is aging as the fps drop when playing demanding games. It still can hold its own though. GTX 1660 Ti is closer to the specs of RTX 2060 with a difference of around 10-15fps. 10-15 fps is not necessarily felt while playing for the average customer. 

Therefore, the deal steal is the 1660 Ti. The only reason to buy the 2060 is its ray tracing ability in games to give better details at a lower fps but with the lack of games support for ray tracing, it is not convenient. It’s just a question of whether you want to pay the extra bucks to play a few games with 10-15 fps more and ray tracing feature. 

Why buy GTX 1060?

You should buy the GTX 1060 if you are lacking the funds. It isn’t completely unusable, it’s just that there are better ones out this year. It will still give you solid fps ranging from 50-70 on different games which is usually enough as long as you are not playing competitively.

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Why buy RTX 2060?

It is the latest graphics card with the latest technology which gives a significant boost to your gameplay as it can handle more than its predecessors. It might be a little costly but it is still cheap if you compare it to other RTX graphics card. It is the bang for the buck for the RTX graphics card.

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Why buy GTX 1660 Ti?

You should buy the GTX 1660 Ti if you can not afford the RTX 2060. It contains the latest technology possessed by RTX 2060 except for ray tracing which is not important if you see the amount of games available. It will have the same Nvidia support as RTX 2060 unlike the aging GTX 1060. The frame rates are also more than enough to play any games at 1080p range for the next few years. 

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All graphics card have their uses in different scenarios. GTX 1660 Ti is one of the best budget friendly graphics card introduced this year. It gives good frames per second for current triple AAA title games which means it should last a solid 2-3 years before it is unable to handle anymore. Overall, GTX 1660 Ti is a steal of a buy.

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