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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Reportedly Features Turing GPU With 1408 CUDA Cores, 6 GB VRAM, $220 US Price

Mar 9, 2019
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NVIDIA is soon going to introduce their latest GeForce 1660 graphics card which aims the sub $250 US price range. There have been various rumors and leaks surrounding this card but looks like we finally know what the specifications are going to look like.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 With Turing GPU Offers 1408 CUDA Cores and 6 GB VRAM at $220 US

The latest report from Videocardz mentions that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card will feature the Turing TU116-300 GPU. The TU116 GPU has been featured on the GTX 1660 Ti which launched last month. The new SKU would be a rather cut down version but not as much as we had expected.

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The specifications for the GeForce GTX 1660 include 1408 CUDA cores (11 SM compared to 12 SM on the GTX 1660 Ti), 88 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The card would feature a base clock of 1530 MHz and boost clocks of 1785 MHz. Factory overclocked variants would run at higher speeds but those that come with prices around MSRP would stick closer to the reference clocks. The card would also get 6 GB of memory but it would be GDDR5 based instead of GDDR6. That’s one of the key differences between the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1660.

The 6 GB GDDR5 memory would still operate along a 192-bit bus interface but since it has lower clock speeds (8 Gbps vs 12 Gbps), the bandwidth would be 192 GB/s. The card would require an 8-pin power connector to boot and the TDP could be around the same figures as the GTX 1660 Ti or slightly lower. The pricing would be set at $220 US which makes it $30 US cheaper than the GTX 1060’s launch price (non-founders edition) while offering performance on par with the GTX 1660 Ti / GTX 1070 which are a good bit ahead of the GTX 1060.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX/GTX "Turing" Family:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
GPU ArchitectureTuring GPU (TU117)Turing GPU (TU116)Turing GPU (TU116)Turing GPU (TU106)Turing GPU (TU106)Turing GPU (TU104)Turing GPU (TU102)
Process12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN
Die Size200mm2284mm2284mm2445mm2445mm2545mm2754mm2
Transistors4.7 Billion6.6 Billion6.6 Billion10.6 Billion10.6 Billion13.6 Billion18.6 Billion
CUDA Cores896 Cores1408 Cores1536 Cores1920 Cores2304 Cores2944 Cores4352 Cores
TMUs/ROPs56/3288/4896/48120/48144/64192/64288/96
GigaRaysN/AN/AN/A5 Giga Rays/s6 Giga Rays/s8 Giga Rays/s10 Giga Rays/s
Cache1.5 MB L2 Cache1.5 MB L2 Cache1.5 MB L2 Cache4 MB L2 Cache4 MB L2 Cache4 MB L2 Cache6 MB L2 Cache
Base Clock1485 MHz1530 MHz1500 MHz1365 MHz1410 MHz1515 MHz1350 MHz
Boost Clock1665 MHz1785 MHz1770 MHz1680 MHz1620 MHz
1710 MHz OC
1710 MHz
1800 MHz OC
1545 MHz
1635 MHz OC
Compute3.0 TFLOPs5.0 TFLOPs5.5 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs7.5 TFLOPs10.1 TFLOPs13.4 TFLOPs
MemoryUp To 4 GB GDDR5Up To 6 GB GDDR5Up To 6 GB GDDR6Up To 6 GB GDDR6Up To 8 GB GDDR6Up To 8 GB GDDR6Up To 11 GB GDDR6
Memory Speed8.00 Gbps8.00 Gbps12.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps14.00 Gbps
Memory Interface128-bit192-bit192-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit352-bit
Memory Bandwidth128 GB/s192 GB/s288 GB/s336 GB/s448 GB/s448 GB/s616 GB/s
Power ConnectorsN/A8 Pin8 Pin8 Pin8 Pin8+8 Pin8+8 Pin
TDP75W120W120W160W185W (Founders)
175W (Reference)
225W (Founders)
215W (Reference)
260W (Founders)
250W (Reference)
Starting Price$149 US$219 US$279 US$349 US$499 US$699 US$999 US
Price (Founders Edition)$149 US$219 US$279 US$349 US$599 US$799 US$1,199 US
LaunchApril 2019March 2019February 2019January 2019October 2018September 2018September 2018

Given the performance of this part, I think its main competitor would be the Radeon RX 590 which is priced at $279 US. Here, we could see the GeForce GTX 1660 offers higher performance at high power efficiency and much lower price point. The key selling point of the GeForce 16 series parts is that NVIDIA is aiming them at the budget segment which has always been considered a gaming mass market. NVIDIA already caught a massive chunk of market share even in dire times like the previous quarter but looks like this current quarter would only give them much-awaited positive results from the Turing family.

The card would hit retail next week on 14th March so stay tuned for more updates on the GTX 1660 and also the GeForce GTX 1650 which arrives in April of this year.

Do you think NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Turing cards could become more popular than GeForce RTX cards in mainstream market?

Products mentioned in this post

GTX 1060
GTX 1060
USD 390
GTX 1070
GTX 1070
USD 550
GTX 1650
GTX 1650
USD 150

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