NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review Ft. MSI Gaming X ($249) and Ventus XS ($219) – The Best Turing Card For Budget Gamers?
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X / MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus XSMarch, 2019
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X Package
The MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X graphics card comes within a standard cardboard based package. The front of both packages has a large “GeForce GTX” brand logo along with the “MSI” logo on the top left corner. A picture of the graphics card can be seen on the front which as I’ve said before, is a nice touch from MSI.
The packaging has put a large emphasis on the Turing Shaders, followed by GDDR5, DirectX 12 and Ansel support.
The back of the box is very typical, highlighting the main features and specifications of the cards. The three key aspects of MSI’s top tier custom cards are its Torx 3.0 fan design, the upgraded & much efficient Twin Frozr 7 heatsink design and support for the Mystic Light RGB implementation.
There’s also a focus towards GeForce.com on each AIB card through which users can download the latest drivers and GeForce Experience application which are a must for gamers to access all feature set of the new cards.
There’s a letter case within the box which is etched with the MSI logo. This box contains the card accessories and the graphics card itself is hidden behind it.
The card is nicely wrapped within an anti-static cover which is useful to prevent any unwanted static discharges on various surfaces that might harm the graphics card. The card accessories include a Molex power connector which isn’t of much use in high-end systems since the PSUs already have the required cables.
Useful manuals and installation guides are packed within an MSI labeled letter case. There is an MSI Quick Users Guide, a Support bracket installation guide, a sticker letter, the MSI DIY comic, and a single drivers disk. It’s best to ignore the driver disk and install the latest software and graphics drivers directly from the NVIDIA and MSI official web pages as the ones shipped in the disks could be older versions and not deliver optimal performance for your graphics cards.
Out of the package, the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 comes in a stylish black and grey color scheme which looks stunning. The shroud is an update to the previous Twin Frozr VI which we remember from the GeForce 10 series era.