NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB GDDR6 Graphics Card Review – Mainstream Turing Gets Supercharged!

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PRODUCT INFO

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Gaming X

October, 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $259 US

Conclusion - Supercharged Turing For Mainstream Users

Today, I got to test the third card within the Turing based GeForce 16 series family and also the first supercharged variant of the family. The GeForce RTX lineup has received their supercharged variants while the GeForce GTX lineup was left out until now!

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So what is the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, well essentially, it's a GeForce GTX 1660 packed with better memory. In fact, its memory is faster than the 1660 Ti which comes at 12 Gbps pin speeds while the SUPER variant has 14 Gbps dies, same as the ones used on the RTX cards. This boosts the performance of GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER from 192 GB/s to 336 GB/s. The rest of the card is the same as the GTX 1660 SUPER we tested before but MSI is using their own custom touch on the card, offering a stunning cooler, non-reference PCB and a factory overclock out of the box. While the reference pricing is suggested at $229 US, the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Gaming X being the flagship variant goes for around $259 US which is a $30 US premium for a better looking and better-performing graphics card.

Coming to the pricing, this is the second card under the $250 US price range. At $230 US (reference), this is one of the cheapest Turing graphics cards that you can buy right now and while it may not pack the bells and whistles of the higher-end cards (RTX), it does pack a lot of performance given its value. It's a well rounded 1080p card and can also play many AAA titles at 1440p resolution that is pretty decent for a card of this price point. eSports titles can clearly run past 100 FPS at 1080p that can be used alongside a G-Sync or G-Sync compatible display to deliver a buttery-smooth gaming experience.

For starters, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER takes head-on with the Radeon RX 590, delivering much better performance than AMD's mainstream part. The performance difference actually makes the GTX 1660 SUPER a better buy since the lead it has over the RX 590 clearly puts it ahead of in this specific price segment. Compared to the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB models, we see a huge lead with a performance that is faster than the GTX 1070.

Also, the card does feature some of the best efficiency for Turing GPUs that I have noticed. This is true for all GeForce 16 series cards (GTX 1660 Ti, GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and GeForce GTX 1660). At 125W, it does shine in the efficiency department and just shows that come the 7nm GPUs, NVIDIA may stir up some impressive numbers on smaller dies with more cores, more RTX and more raw power. The cooling and thermals were great too with both cards performing great and the TORX fans on both variants offering low noise levels.

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I think one of the strongest reasons to buy this graphics card is its price and performance which is clearly unbeatable at the moment. For $230 US, the GTX 1660 SUPER and custom models, especially the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus XS which retails at a slight premium of $260 US is one of the best budget options you can go for right now. If you are a streamer and want some rocking performance in multiple Battle Royale or eSports titles, look no further as the GTX 1660 has all the performance you'd need to become the king of the hill. The MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Gaming X on the other hand, offers better cooling and slightly better game performance with a fantastic design scheme that looks very nice in any PC build.

9.9

Forget about the GeForce GTX 1660 and the RX 590, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER offers much better performance at just $230 US which remains unchallenged. MSI's Gaming X makes it even better by offering a ground-tested custom design with a factory overclock out of the box and premium component choices that make it a deal worth it for mainstream users.

Performance9.9
Value9.8
Design & Aesthetics10
Features9.8

Pros

  • More performance for the same price
  • Almost as fast as the GTX 1660 Ti for less
  • Faster Than The GTX 1660 6 GB and Radeon RX 590 8 GB
  • Good upgrade from GTX 960 and GTX 1060 6 GB
  • Great performance for 1080p Gaming Titles
  • Great performance for eSports Gaming Titles
  • Great thermals on MSI Gaming X
  • Great design with a brushed metal backplate
  • Idle fan stop technology for lower noise
  • Good Noise levels on both custom cards
  • Power efficiency further increased
  • Support NVIDIA Adaptive Shading Technology
  • Good driver support for GeForce products, compatibility with DX11, DX12, Vulkan, OpenGL titles
  • Good Display Connectivity, support for VESA Adaptive-Sync

Cons

  • Custom model costs a bit extra
  • No RT Cores For Ray Tracing Support
  • No Tensor Cores For DLSS Support
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