Last modified on March 14, 2019 at 9:00 am, HW News - NVIDIA MSRP Allegedly Not Realistic, Ryzen 5000 Supply, PCIe 6.0 Spec, HW News - RTX 30 Inventory Details, New RTX GPU, Intel Rocket Lake, & MSI's eBay Cards, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review & GPU Benchmarks, HW News - AMD Zen 3 & RDNA2, RTX 3080 Binning, Liquid-Cooled Silicon, & Xbox Series X & S Specs, EVGA GTX 1660 Overclock Stepping | TimeSpy Extreme Stress Test | Why is AMD Radeon RX 590 better than Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti? Patrick ran the tests this time, then we just put the charts and script together from Dongguan, China. And as much as I love AMD I have to say that this is a tough question. Overclocking the GTX 1660 to a 160MHz offset pushed it to 104.3FPS AVG, which is the exact same performance we got out of the 1660 Ti XC. Even the lows are roughly identical. This overclocking showdown is the follow-up to BTR’s launch review of the EVGA GTX 1660 XC versus the PowerColor Red Devil RX 590. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. Often the company that makes the card, but sometimes us (see article). Intro The EVGA GTX 1660 XC Overclock Showdown vs. the Red Devil RX 590 using 41 games. Why is XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy better than MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus XS? Just wanted to share my Xbox 360 build. Although the RX 590 is sufficient for playing on a less demanding HMD like the Oculus Rift CV-1 or the original Vive, it struggles to give sufficient performance using the Vive Pro. Further, the 1660 has a 12% effective speed advantage over the ~$230 USD 6GB 1060 and a similar real world effective speed to AMD's $265 USD RX 590. Finally, for GTA V, performance at 1080p, the GTX 1660 ended up at 85FPS AVG, allowing the 1660 Ti a lead of about 10FPS or about 13%. The RX Vega 56 card, for reference, ended up at about 106FPS AVG, with the RX 590 card at about 89FPS AVG. Basically, GTX 1660 SUPER is just a GTX 1660 with super fast GDDR6 memory with a slight bump in price and makes a better value card compared to its major competitors. At 1440p, the GTX 1660 fell to 50FPS AVG, roughly tied with the RX 590’s 51FPS AVG. I have and always been a fan of the mid-range, price to move AMD cards. We retested the 1660 Ti in this game, but have not yet retested the other cards. This one is important for its relevance, but also because it is built atop a modified Source engine with DirectX 11 as the API, giving us a title that represents performance on much of the games market. AMD’s mid-range RX 590 is the latest refresh of their Polaris-based RX 580, which in turn was a refresh of the RX 480. Performance shows that. 7.12 TFLOPS vs 5.437 TFLOPS This massive headroom is what allowed for the tie-making performance, note however that the GTX 1660 we’re reviewing has power target increase of 23% available, whereas the 1660 Ti XC we reviewed remained capped at 130W TDP, or about 8% higher than the stock 120W TDP. Sniper Elite 4 is still our best example of good DirectX 12 implementations. Why is Gigabyte Radeon RX 590 Gaming better than MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X? The way GTA V is built tends to favor NVIDIA devices, which isn’t for any other reason aside from how much compute is used, and so the GTX 1660 does favorably here. We found that higher memory clocks gained significant performance over a slightly higher core overclock. The 1660 Ti ended up 14% ahead of the GTX 1660, within range of our previously plotted differences, while the 1660 OC pushed it up to 1660 Ti XC stock performance levels. This is done because 4K gives us the full range of performance without CPU bottlenecks at the top-end of the stack, so we can compare all cards to each other even if over the performance capabilities of those cards. 1.68 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance? The GTX 1660 is faster than all of them – including the fastest RX 590 – so AMD and its board partners will have little choice but to cut prices. The RX 590 does appear to have superiority in memory capacity and interface, though like the GTX 1070 it lags behind in the memory bandwidth to the GTX 1660 … Sniper is compute-intensive and allows AMD to leverage its architecture more than most other games do. Performance is about at the level of a GTX 1070 stock card when overclocked, better than a 1060 6GB, and not distant from an overclocked RX 590. This is often rare as a result of power limitation impositions restricting clocks as the frequency bounces off of the limit, but with no core offset applied and just power increased, the clock becomes consistent and holds steady. The RX 590 ended up about 70-120W higher than NVIDIA’s 16-series power consumption, depending on the test. Memory ended up at about 2480.5MHz. The two are within margin of error. Our platform is a recent installation of Windows 10 64-bit Home Edition, and we are using an i7-8700K which turbos all 6 cores to 4.7GHz, an EVGA Z370 FTW motherboard, and 16GB of HyperX DDR4 3333MHz. Our focus will be on games, with some additional thermal and power tests toward the end. Vega 56 hit 115FPS AVG when stock, for reference, with the RX 590 8GB card at 82FPS AVG when stock. Once again, overclocking ties things up between the OC 1660 and stock 1660 Ti. The 3GB variant of GTX 1060 comes with 1152 CUDA Cores, 6GB GTX 1060 has 1280 CUDA Cores and the newer GTX 1660 comes with 1408 CUDA Cores. However, the RX 590 sits in a lower performance class and it cannot be recommended for Vive Pro PC-VR since it is in a similar price range to the faster GTX 1660 SUPER. It was ugly. We test this one with both 1080p and 4K resolution, but please note that the 4K testing is meant to be treated as more of a synthetic representation of performance scaling from card-to-card. Thermal torture testing is up next. There will be some delay after submitting a comment. We’re still in China for our factory and lab tours, but we managed to coordinate with home base to get enough testing on the GTX 1660 done that a review became possible. The EVGA GTX 1660 is priced at $239 with a $10 mail-in-rebate and a 1-game bundle while the Red Devil RX 590 is priced at $239 with a 3-game bundle and a $20 mail-in-rebate. At 2070MHz, there’s not much to be mad at with this card. Overclocking the 1660 got it to 72FPS AVG, which is where the 1660 Ti OC landed. This remains true at 100MHz offset, where we’re still not hitting a power limitation. Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p placed 1660 stock performance at about 74FPS AVG, allowing the 1660 Ti XC a lead at about 85FPS AVG, or 15%. Overclocking pushed it to 70FPS AVG, or about the same as the 1660 Ti XC, once again, and about the same as the Vega 56 Red Dragon. The RX 590 needs to sell consistently at $200-$240 to make a dent in sales of the 1660, and Vega 56 needs to stay closer to the $280-$300 price-point of the 1660 Ti. This overclocking showdown is the follow-up to BTR’s launch review of the EVGA GTX 1660 XC versus the PowerColor Red Devil RX 590. We’ll get straight to the review today. The higher power target is the most interesting, as overclocking performance can stretch upwards toward a GTX 1660 Ti at the $280 price-point. It may be more of a concern with professional applications, although we doubt many people are using a 1660 with those. The system that I’m testing with has an Intel i5-9600K CPU in a Gigabyte Z390 Auros Xtreme motherboard running at stock … GTX 1060 is based on the Pascal GPU architecture, while GTX 1660 is built on the newer and advanced architecture, which is Turing. All rights reserved. Recent updates have improved performance on the 1660 Ti in Apex Legends. Sure, overclocking the 1660 Ti gets it another 5FPS AVG, but at some level, it may be better to step down to the 1660 and settle for Ti baseline performance. The RX 590 8GB is clocked up from the reference 1545MHz to its maximum boost speeds of 1576MHz. Under auto, stock conditions, the EVGA GTX 1660 tested kept a thermal target of about 60 degrees Celsius, illustrated by the thermal-over-time plot holding steady at 60. The RX 590 ended up far behind here, with Vega 56 also stuck at lower performance levels than in other titles. Editorial: Steve Burke Testing: Patrick Lathan Video: Andrew Coleman, Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. Our core overclock of the GTX 1660 seems to be well in line with what is expected from Turing GPUs. For that overclock we’ve been showing, Patrick stepped the card up to 123% power target and saw performance hold consistently at 1935MHz, with few dips between. That’s the same amount of power as our GTX 1660 Ti XC runs when stock or overclocked, as it doesn’t have any offset available, and so the differences largely boil down to chip quality and memory bandwidth. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'". The GTX 1660 SUPER is currently aimed at the RX 590 which can now be found below $200 with a single game bundle although most overclocked models are priced higher. Note, of course, that the $220 models won’t have as high of a power target, and so won’t be as strong in their upward punch toward higher-end SKUs. The 1660 was the closest to the 1660 Ti in Apex Legends, with most other games showing a 13-17% performance advantage stock-to-stock between the two. Intro The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti features core clock speeds of 1500 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM. The Asus Phoenix GTX 1660 Ti shows the strength of Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti, beating the RX 590 for only slightly more cash. NVIDIAs strategy of offering great value Turing products at all price tiers can only be good for competition and consumers. The 1660 is outperformed marginally by the RX 590, which held a lead of a few FPS AVG, and is not too dissimilar from the GTX 1060 6GB’s 37FPS AVG. This was my first time doing a small form factor build or custom build. Moving on to 1080p testing, the GTX 1660 pushed 110FPS AVG stock, allowing the 1660 Ti XC card a lead of about 14%. The 1660’s overclock planted it once again at Ti-level performance. 2.16 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance? He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. Overclocking, as the last several charts, got the 1660 to about the same performance as the 1660 Ti XC stock card. With the release of GeForce GTX 1660, AMD Radeon RX 590 has finally got a worthy opponent to defend its title among Mid-range GPU league. Switching over to the frequency chart, we see one of the most impressive frequency lines we’ve ever plotted for a stock card. Overclocking the 1660 to 160MHz offset got it to 45FPS AVG, matching the performance of the GTX 1660 Ti stock card, roughly matching the RX 590 Fatboy overclock results of 46FPS AVG, and allowing the 2060 stock card a lead of 24%. It also allowed the card to outperform the RX 590 overclock, but this is insignificant beyond declaring that the two can be made equal. rx 590 is 200€ and the gtx 1660s is about 240€ ... (Ryzen 1700 & GTX 1660) Hi all. The EVGA GTX 1660 XC 6GB is a factory overclocked card that is clocked 45MHz higher than the reference clocks boosting to around 1920MHz. The cheapest GTX 1660s will sell for about $220, but our $250 unit today has a higher power target allowance for overclocking and a better cooler. The cheapest RX 570 per PCPP is $150, and a 1650 Super is only $10 more. As always, you can continue the arms race and also overclock the 1660 Ti, but price becomes a limiter for people at some point. 580's are more expensive than the 1650 super and again is either on the same performance level or loses by 3-10% … Our 1660 Ti saw about the same power consumption, for reference, but keep in mind that partner model cards can change power target beyond the reference total board power provided by NVIDIA’s spec table. Power consumption testing is done at the wall, but uses a heavily controlled test bench for accurate tests run-to-run. It’s nearly perfectly flat in our 3DMark test, a result of the lower thermal target that kept the card under 60 degrees Celsius for the duration of the test. The details of our original overclocking may be found here. We also updated to the very latest drivers and have added Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 to our benchmarks. The GTX 1660 peaked at about 258W total system power consumption when stock, averaging closer to 200W total system power draw. BTR Reviews and News from the Tech Industry, The GTX 1660 41 game OC Shootout vs. the RX 590. This is consistent with other results. At 1080p, the GTX 1660 ran an 81FPS AVG, putting it as closest in performance to an overclocked RX 590 and allowing the 1660 Ti stock card a lead of about 13FPS AVG, or 16%. For reference, the 1660 Ti XC’s stock performance was about 99FPS AVG stock, or about 102FPS AVG when overclocked. The GTX 1660 is a GTX 1060 6GB replacement. That performance allowed the 1660 Ti XC a lead of about 13.7%. Vega 56 and the RX 590 ran tighter frametime consistency than NVIDIA does in this game, with Vega 56 advantaged to a point of low frametime performance averaging to about 60FPS 0.1%, whereas the 1660 Ti and 1660 both sit in the 30s. The games, settings, and hardware are identical except for the cards being compared. AMD RX 590 is the overclocked version of it two-year-old Sibling from Polaris family. For this one, tested first at 1080p, the GTX 1660 non-Ti ended up at 92FPS AVG, with lows at about 50FPS and 31FPS for 1% and 0.1% lows, respectively. Today we have optimized and maxed-out both individual overclocks with all performance options set to their highest limits to get the most performance from … 7.12 TFLOPS vs 5.76 TFLOPS You’ll sometimes see soft memory errors at this type of offset, but in the games we tested, those didn’t impact performance. We also need to revisit the other cards once we’re home from China. GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon RX 590. This illustrates good thermal performance of the cooler and that we’re not bouncing off of major power limits under stock conditions. We settled on a 2.5% overclock or an offset of +40MHz to the core for a 1615MHz boost, with memory clocks overclocked +175MHz to 2175MHz. The RX 590 needs to sell consistently at $200-$240 to make a dent in sales of the 1660, and Vega 56 needs to stay closer to the $280-$300 price-point of the 1660 Ti. Low performance is within margin of error of the RX 590. Overclocking the 1660 with a 160MHz offset allowed it to match the 1660 Ti stock card, which then climbed another couple FPS when it, too, was overclocked. If you wanted 1660 Ti stock performance, the 1660 could be purchased and overclocked for the same performance level. The 1660 OC performed about where a GTX 1070 is, with the stock GTX 1660 at about RX 590 performance, including lows that were roughly within margin of error. I spent a lot of time measuring and planning out where to put everything, but I was able to get everything to fit! 7.12 TFLOPS vs 5.027 TFLOPS This had the fan ramping to about 1800RPM against its maximum of 3500RPM. GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Radeon RX 590; GPU Name: TU116 (TU116-300-A1) vs: Polaris 30 (Polaris 30 XTX) Fab Process: 12 nm: vs: 12 nm: Die Size: 284 mm²: vs: 244 mm² Before we run our overclocked benchmarks, let’s check out the test configuration. We often stick closer to 400-500MHz for GDDR5, but did not see any performance decay in games with this 960MHz offset. We moderate comments on a ~24~48 hour cycle. We also added 900MHz to the GDDR5 memory overclock. The RX 590, for reference, plotted at about 325W peak p ower consumption and remained more consistent in its higher power draw, whereas the NVIDIA cards will power throttle more aggressively during testing. In the USA market both cards are in a similar price range. Starting with the more synthetic 4K workload, the GTX 1660 posted 39FPS AVG, with lows very close by at 34FPS 1% and 33FPS 0.1%. Warum ist AMD Radeon RX 590 besser als Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Super? Adjusting the voltage – undervolting or undervolting – made no practical difference, and we achieved stability in all of our 41 tested games by using overclocking brute force. In the games we tested, memory bandwidth didn’t matter as much as core speed (or was made-up for with the OC), and so an overclocked 1660 dual-fan model from EVGA rapidly becomes a price floor 1660 Ti XC model when stock. The rough 2FPS difference can’t really be called observably better, but can certainly show a minimum of equal performance. Apex Legends is still new to our charts and not as heavily populated with cards as our later games. is Owned, Operated, & Maintained by GamersNexus, LLC. But, while the diminutive cooler makes it great for a mini-ITX build, it does still hold that new Turing GPU back a little. We’re looking at total system power consumption in this test. 2.09 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance? Compare specifications, price, power, temperature, and CPU bottlenecks. Some settings reductions would be recommended to improve frametime consistency, although the card is overall capable of running GTA V at 1440p with these settings. 7.19 TFLOPS vs 5.027 TFLOPS At stock, the GTX 1660 won nearly all of the 41 games we tested over the Red Devil RX 590. The memory is good on the device we tested, and holds these higher clocks without issue. On the other hand, Radeon RX 590 is an AMD card and is built on Polaris GPU architecture. 1440p placed the 1660 stock card dead at 60FPS AVG, but its frametime performance became more variable and dropped to about 32FPS 0.1% lows. If these conditions are not met, the 1660 OC models are worthwhile as a means to cheapen the effective price of a stock 1660 Ti by just spending some time applying a basic overclock. Radeon RX 590 comes with 2304 Stream Processors, which are … We found our own final stable manual overclock was higher than Precision X1’s +109MHz scan recommendation. If I have to pick here, then I would certainly choose the newer GTX 1660 SUPER because it offers GTX 1660 Ti level of performance at a much lesser price, and has similar power consumption. We found that as long as the  the Power and Temperature limits are maximized, it will not throttle even with the Silent BIOS profile. Again, as a reminder, we’re doing this remotely, so we don’t have as many non-gaming charts as normally, but we still have a complete review. We’ll look into this more when back from China, as we’d expect a wider OC gap (since there is a wider one at 1440p). The GTX 1660 that we reviewed is an interesting study in shaving pennies off of a higher-end product while spending more on the next model down. performance: rx 590 vs gtx 1660 For the testing, I’m using the XFX RX 590 FATBOY 8GB and the MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X 6GB . The 590 does not have a … Skipping a few steps, we saw crashes at 175MHz offset on this card and so settled on 160MHz, with 15MHz being about the minimum stepping that can be applied to NVIDIA cards. RX 590 versus GTX 1660 performance comparison. It beats the GTX 1660 and RX 590 comfortably and is equipped with the faster GDDR6 memory, and that is clocked at a much higher speed. Comparatively, the GTX 1660 Ti XC under stock conditions posted 45FPS AVG, or a lead of about 16% over the GTX 1660. Compare graphics card gaming performance in 46 games and in 1080p, 1440p, and 4K at Ultra, High, Medium, and Low quality settings. At 1440p, the 1660 non-Ti operated at 70FPS AVG, giving the 1660 Ti a lead of about 10FPS AVG, or about 14%. F1 2018 is next. Tested at 1440p, the 1660 stock card still pulled about 61FPS AVG, although lows started dragging behind. Thermally, the GPU does well, and the fan RPM could be manually run at a less aggressive curve if lower noise were desired rather than lower thermals. NVidia GeForce GTX 1660 v/s AMD Radeon RX 590. Vega 56 maintained a strong lead over both the Ti and, obviously, non-Ti for this game, but pricing also structures the 56 and 1660 at much different price classes. Why is Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 Special Edition better than Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Super? At $240-$250, it’s notably more expensive than the price floor of ~$220, but also has a high power target of ~130W GPU power with the offset. Overclocking the 1660 got it to 126FPS AVG, marking it as equivalent to the stock GTX 1660 Ti XC and within margin of error. First world problems. Performance is reasonable and the game can be played at 1440p, it’s just that settings should be dropped slightly to better accommodate heavy combat areas and the initial drop-in. At 1440p, the 1660 stock card still managed to nearly hit the magical 60FPS mark, and is close enough that it could be said to work reasonably well at 1440p with some settings tweaks. We’ll use our multiplayer test course that we detailed heavily in previous content, tested first at 1080p. If the 1660 Ti XC also had a 23% cap, we could push it a little further. 7.12 TFLOPS vs 5.027 TFLOPS 2.09 TFLOPS höhere Gleitkomma-Performance? Once again, this lead is consistent with other titles and seems to be about the average percentage increase. Today we have optimized and maxed-out both individual overclocks with all performance options set to their highest limits to get the most performance from each card. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs. We did not see much performance scaling with the 1660 Ti’s overclock in Apex Legends; at least, we didn’t see as much as we did before the 1660 Ti driver update with Apex Legends game-ready support. First world problems, Steve. It functionally becomes a stock 1660 Ti at that point, and so can shave $30 off the effective price of a 1660 Ti. This gives the RX 590 a slight price edge over the GTX 1660… The 1660 Ti, for what it’s worth, was at about 68FPS AVG, posting a lead of around 11% over the 1660 non-Ti. 1.36 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance? For users who have wanted 1660 Ti baseline performance for a lower price, that can be had with one of the better 1660s (like the EVGA unit we reviewed) and 20 minutes of overclocking effort. The RX 590 Fatboy ended up at 120FPS AVG, pushing closer to the 1660 Ti than the 1660 in this title. If you are still ha… We test 41 games and 3 synthetic benchmarks at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440. The 1650 super uses less power and almost always outperforms the 570. This time, we will overclock our cards manually each as far as they will go to see where they stand in relation to each other overclocked and to see if anything changes. The card operated at about 1920MHz constantly when under stock conditions and with our 3DMark Firestrike Extreme fixed workload. 2070MHz is a strong frequency to hold for a mid-range video card. Far Cry 5 is next. At 56FPS AVG and 64FPS AVG when overclocked, the card nearly hit 1660 Ti performance even at the higher resolution. Copyright © 2020 GamersNexus, LLC. The 1660 is fully capable of playing F1 2018 at 1440p and could be made more consistent in frametimes with some settings tweaks. The 1660 Ti ends up about about 3% better than the RX 590, which is way outside of our 0.7FPS AVG deviation from the mean, but isn’t far from GPU silicon quality boosting range variance. The GTX 980 Ti was also roughly tied with the overclocked 1660, for reference, with the stock RX 590 ending up functionally tied with the stock GTX 1660. This test placed the GTX 1660 at 90FPS AVG with High settings (everything set to “high”), or 101FPS AVG when overclocked. This is a partner launch, so no NVIDIA direct sampling was done and, to our knowledge, no Founders Edition board will exist. Our review will look at the EVGA GTX 1660 dual-fan model, which has an MSRP of $250 and lands $30 cheaper than the baseline GTX 1660 Ti pricing. This iteration yields 10% higher clock speeds compared to the RX 580 which is fuelled by an increased power draw from 185W to 225W. Despite the XFX Radeon RX 590 retailing for $60 more than the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660, the GTX 1660 took it down (to a greater or lesser extent) on most of the tests above, save for a few outliers. Reference PCBs will exist, as always, but partners have control over most of the cooler design for this launch. Right now, you can purchase this EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 on Amazon for $230 and the Sapphire Radeon RX 590 for $203. We added 145MHz to the core to boost the clocks to above 2040MHz. We tested this a total of 3 separate times, including full driver wipes, for validation, and confirmed this performance. The 1660 Ti XC overclock permitted another 5% performance over stock, but the 1660 overclock permitted 15% performance uplift.

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