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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

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 Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
GPU Architecture Turing GPU (TU117) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU104) Turing GPU (TU102)
Process 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN
Die Size 200mm2 284mm2 284mm2 445mm2 445mm2 545mm2 754mm2
Transistors 4.7 Billion 6.6 Billion 6.6 Billion 10.6 Billion 10.6 Billion 13.6 Billion 18.6 Billion
CUDA Cores 896 Cores 1408 Cores 1536 Cores 1920 Cores 2304 Cores 2944 Cores 4352 Cores
TMUs/ROPs 56/32 88/48 96/48 120/48 144/64 192/64 288/96
GigaRays N/A N/A N/A 5 Giga Rays/s 6 Giga Rays/s 8 Giga Rays/s 10 Giga Rays/s
Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 6 MB L2 Cache
Base Clock 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz 1365 MHz 1410 MHz 1515 MHz 1350 MHz
Boost Clock 1665 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz 1680 MHz 1620 MHz
1710 MHz OC
1710 MHz
1800 MHz OC
1545 MHz
1635 MHz OC
Compute 3.0 TFLOPs 5.0 TFLOPs 5.5 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 7.5 TFLOPs 10.1 TFLOPs 13.4 TFLOPs
Memory Up To 4 GB GDDR5 Up To 6 GB GDDR5 Up To 6 GB GDDR6 Up To 6 GB GDDR6 Up To 8 GB GDDR6 Up To 8 GB GDDR6 Up To 11 GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 8.00 Gbps 8.00 Gbps 12.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps
Memory Interface 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit
Memory Bandwidth 128 GB/s 192 GB/s 288 GB/s 336 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 616 GB/s
Power Connectors N/A 8 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin
TDP 75W 120W 120W 160W 185W (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
Launch April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 October 2018 September 2018 September 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?

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