NVIDIA Readies GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER With GDDR6 Memory – Rumored To Feature 14 Gbps Dies, TU116 GPU
If the latest rumors are to be believed, NVIDIA is preparing not one but two GeForce GTX 16 series cards. We already heard about the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti which should fall somewhere around the $150 US price range but there are reports that NVIDIA is also preparing a GeForce SUPER variant of their GTX 1660 graphics card.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Rumored To Be In The Works - Would Feature 14 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM
The rumor comes from MyDrivers who have revealed that NVIDIA is working on a GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER graphics card. The GeForce SUPER lineup has only been available on the RTX variants but looks like NVIDIA may be expanding it to the Turing based GTX lineup too. The graphics card would obviously be better in performance than the GeForce GTX 1660 but would cost a bit extra.
In terms of specifications, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER would utilize the TU116-300 die, same as the existing GeForce GTX 1660. It would feature the same core config of 1408 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. The clock speeds are not mentioned but those can get a slight bump. The major change to the graphics card would be the memory design.
While the GeForce GTX 1660 features 6 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8 Gbps, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER would feature 6 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14 Gbps. This memory is faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti which features 12 Gbps dies. The memory would be featured along a 192-bit bus interface and deliver a total bandwidth of 336 GB/s.
What's interesting here is that these specifications might put the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER right next to the GTX 1660 Ti in terms of performance. Also, the pricing of the card might have to fall in between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti so we might be looking at a $250 US MSRP for the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER. With that said, the source suggests that NVIDIA wouldn't replace the GTX 1660 with the SUPER variant but both would exist in the market. This would make an upgrade to 1660 SUPER only $20 US more and same can be said for an upgrade to the Ti variant $20 more than the SUPER variant. The GTX 1660 Ti itself is about 10% faster than the GTX 1660 and the SUPER variant would further decrease its lead which would make the SUPER variant a more compelling option than the Ti, killing its sales.
NVIDIA GeForce 16 Series Preliminary Specifications
|GeForce RTX 2060 FE||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB||GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB||GeForce GTX 1660 6GB||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4 GB||GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB|
|Tensor Cores||240||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A|
|RT cores||30||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A|
|Base Clock||1365 MHz||1500 MHz||1530 MHz||1530 MHz||TBD||1485 MHz|
|GPU Boost||1680 MHz||1770 MHz||1785 MHz||1785 MHz||TBD||1665 MHz|
|Memory||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clocks||14 Gbps||12 Gbps||14 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps|
|L2 cache||3 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB|
|Transistors||10.8 billion||6.6 billion||6.6 billion||6.6 billion||4.7 billion||4.7 billion|
|Die Size||445 mm²||284mm2||284mm2||284mm2||200mm2||200mm2|
It is likely that this card will be pushed with such aggressive pricing against the rumored Navi 14 based parts which would soon be powering the lower-end Radeon RX series graphics cards. The early performance results we have seen put the Navi 14 GPUs as fast as RX 570 and RX 580 series cards and if they end up priced below $200 US, we might see some heated competition in the budget market space. We can't say for sure when the card launches but the GTX 1650 TI was suggested to launch around October so we can possibly see the two Turing based GeForce GTX 16 series launches close to one another.