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NVIDIA Reportedly Preparing 3 GB Models of Their Upcoming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Card – First Turing TU116 Die Shot Leaks Out

Feb 14, 2019

NVIDIA seems to be preparing more models than expected for the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The graphics card which is expected to release next week would be aiming a price point of around $279 US but if this rumor is true, then we can expect an even cheaper variant but not with a few sacrifices.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 3 GB Models May Be In The Pipeline – First Look at Turing TU116 GPU Die

So we have two interesting things to cover in this story, first, of course, the 3 GB models. It looks like NVIDIA or at least their AIBs will be offering the upcoming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card with 3 GB of VRAM. The reference model which we know of right now features 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM but there might also be a 3 GB GDDR6 VRAM variant as listed on the EEC website. The models that will feature 3 GB of VRAM include the following as compiled by Videocardz:

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  • ASUS DUAL-GTX1660Ti-3G
  • ASUS EX-GTX1660Ti-O3G
  • ASUS PH-GTX1660Ti-3G
  • ASUS PH-GTX1660Ti-O3G

All of these models are from ASUS and the same models also exist in 6 GB flavors. The 6 GB lineup from ASUS additionally features the ROG STRIX Advanced and ROG STRIX OC edition graphics card which are the best custom models that ASUS has to offer. The interesting thing here would be the pricing as the GeForce GTX 1660 TI is expected to cost $279 US when it arrives on 22nd February.

If the AIBs manage to price the 3 GB models closer to the $229 US market, it will be an interesting option indeed but compared to the 6 GB model, we can see the major sacrifice be the VRAM which may lead to stutters on higher resolutions or high-res texture intensive gaming titles.

It is also not known whether this model would be limited to AIBs or will be sold by NVIDIA too. Right now, it looks like the models will be AIB only and will be available in select markets. The GeForce GTX 1660 is also expected to launch later in March with a price point close to $199 US. Honestly, it would have been better for NVIDIA to just name these cards, the GeForce GTX 2050 Ti and the GeForce GTX 2050 but considering the 20 series lineup is part of the RTX brand, the name change had to occur.

NVIDIA GeForce 16 Series Preliminary Specifications

  GeForce RTX 2060 FE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4 GB GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
Architecture (GPU)
TU106 TU116-400 TU116-300 TU117 TU117
CUDA Cores
1920 1536 1408 1024? 896
Tensor Cores
240 N / A N / A N / A N / A
RT cores
30 N / A N / A N / A N / A
Texture Units
120 96 80 64 56
48 48 48 32 32
Base Clock
1365 MHz 1500 MHz 1530 MHz TBD 1485 MHz
GPU Boost
1680 MHz 1770 MHz 1785 MHz TBD 1665 MHz
Memory Bus
192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Clocks
14 Gbps 12 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps
L2 cache
3 MB 1.5 MB 1.5 MB 1.5 MB 1.5 MB
160 W 120W 120W 75W 75W
10.8 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 4.7 billion 4.7 billion
Die Size
445 mm² 284mm2 284mm2 200mm2 200mm2
$349 $279 $229 $179? $149

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Finally, we have our first look at the GeForce GTX 1660 TI’s GPU or the Turing TU116-400-A1. This is our first look at the GPU which is posted by Videocardz. The chip is much smaller than the TU106 die featured on the GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2070. It means that the new die indeed removes the Tensor and RT cores featured on the RTX cards, hence saving on die space.

Talking specifically about shading performance which will be the main technology and architecture feature of the GeForce GTX cards, it looks like we are looking at an average 50% improved shading performance per core compared to Pascal. This is not the overall performance increase but rather the rate at which Turing improves upon its predecessor in shader performance. Some leaks earlier showed a 20-30% increase in performance over the GTX 1060, but we will have to wait for more info to see the final performance results.

It will be very interesting to see how this chip’s performance, thermals, clocks, and efficiency of this particular GPU will end up being like against the competition which is clearly the mid-range selection from AMD (RX 580 / RX 590).

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

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