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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER & GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Graphics Cards Official – Supercharged Turing For Mainstream Masses

Oct 29, 2019
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NVIDIA has finally announced the new mainstream Turing graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER. The cards are specifically designed to offer better GPU performance to users who've been waiting to switch their older graphics cards and NVIDIA's GTX supercharged lineup gives them more reason to upgrade now!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 SUPER Lineup Official - GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Available Now, GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Available on 22nd November

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 SUPER variants would be launching in two flavors, the sub $250 US GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and the sub $200 US GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER. Both cards are aimed well against AMD's Radeon RX 5500 series lineup which is also supposed to debut next month in November.

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Variants Pictured – ASRock & GIGABYTE

The GeForce 1660 series retain a competitive position against AMD's Radeon RX 500 series cards, offering much better performance and efficiency while the GeForce GTX 1650, although being a great card in terms of efficiency, wasn't priced competitive enough to take on the Radeon RX 570 series cards which retailed for around the same money.

Soon, the GeForce GTX 1650 would be going against AMD's latest rDNA based Radeon RX 5500 which is expected to be priced at around $150 US and offer better performance than the Radeon RX 570. Based on the specifications NVIDIA has released, the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER sounds like a much bigger SUPER upgrade than the GTX 1660 SUPER which should allow it to compete against the RX 5500 with reasonable performance.

NVIDIA talks about some good reasons as to why you should be upgrading to the new SUPER line of GeForce GTX cards. There's the obvious performance advantage but in addition to that, budget gamers can utilize Turing's encoder for better performance and image quality while streaming the AAA gaming titles. Also, NVIDIA's CUDA architecture is optimized for creator-aimed applications which include the entire Adobe suite.

NVIDIA GeForce 16 Series Specifications

 GeForce RTX 2060 FEGeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB
GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GBGeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
Architecture (GPU)
TU106TU116-400TU116-300TU116-300TU116TU117
CUDA Cores
19201536 140814081280896
Tensor Cores
240N / AN / AN / AN / AN / A
RT cores
30N / AN / AN / AN / AN / A
Texture Units
120 96 88888056
ROPs
484848483232
Base Clock
1365 MHz1500 MHz1530 MHz1530 MHzTBD1485 MHz
GPU Boost
1680 MHz1770 MHz1785 MHz1785 MHzTBD1665 MHz
Memory
6GB GDDR66GB GDDR66GB GDDR66GB GDDR54GB GDDR54GB GDDR5
Memory Bus
192-bit192-bit192-bit192-bit128-bit128-bit
Memory Clocks
14 Gbps12 Gbps14 Gbps8 Gbps12 Gbps8 Gbps
L2 cache
3 MB1.5 MB1.5 MB1.5 MB1.5 MB1.5 MB
TDP
160 W120W125W120W100W75W
Transistors
10.8 billion6.6 billion6.6 billion6.6 billion6.6 billion4.7 billion
Die Size
445 mm²284mm2284mm2284mm2284mm2200mm2
Price
$349$279$229$229$159$149

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Specifications

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Talking about the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, the card would rock TU-116-300-A1 GPU with 1408 CUDA cores, 88 Texture Mapping Units, and 48 raster operation units. The clock speeds of the card would be maintained at 1530 MHz base and 1785 MHz boost. In terms of memory, the card would receive a big upgrade in the form of GDDR6 which was missing on the existing GTX 1660. The GTX 1660 SUPER with 6 GB GDDR6 memory would feature 14 Gbps dies running across a 192-bit bus interface to deliver a total bandwidth of 336 GB/s.

One of the key features of Turing has been its performance per watt and just like the other cards, it would feature a TDP of 125W. Now here's how NVIDIA rounds their TDP up for all of their GeForce cards. The TDP consists of total power draw from the board which includes the GPU too. AMD's RX 5500 which are based on a 7nm process node and aimed as replacements for the Polaris based RX 580/590 lineup have a TDP of 150W.

I mentioned before that the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER would fall in a higher performance category than the RX 5500 series and it would do so while sipping a lot lower power. But at the same time, the pricing of the GTX 1660 SUPER would be much higher too at $229 US which is almost the same price as the GeForce GTX 1660 which means either the former would get a price cut or simply be replaced by the better card.

You can also purchase the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER through the following links:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Specifications

The GeForce GTX 1650 would also feature the TU116 GPU unlike the TU117 GPU on the GTX 1650, rocking 1280 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 80 TMUs. The card would feature a 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM running across a 128-bit bus at the same 12000 MHz effective clock speeds, delivering bandwidth of 192 GB/s. Even the core clocks of the GPU have gone up to 1530 MHz base and 1725 MHz boost which is quite impressive.

Just going by the specifications alone, it looks like the card would be a bigger SUPER upgrade than we anticipated. Now the TDP on the GTX 1650 is set at 75W while the SUPER variant would feature a TDP of 100W. This would mean that adding an extra 6-pin connector would be a necessity.

The performance of this card could potentially match or exceed the Radeon RX 5500 given these specs and the only thing that could make it an even better offering would be if NVIDIA can manage to sell it at the same price point as the existing GTX 1650 at $149 US since that would give much-needed boost in terms of share in the budget market too. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER would be launching on 22nd November.

Which NVIDIA GeForce SUPER series cards do you think is overall better in terms of performance and price?

Products mentioned in this post

GTX 1650
GTX 1650
USD 149.99
GTX 1660
GTX 1660
USD 229.99
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
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