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ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC review: Budget price, not so budget performance

By Koh Wanzi - 22 Feb 2019

Test setup & gaming performance

Test Setup

The detailed specifications of our new graphics card testbed system is as follows:-

  • Intel Core i7-8086K (4.0GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • ASUS ROG Strix Maximus X Hero (Intel Z370)
  • 4 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3000 (Auto timings: CAS 15-15-15-35)
  • Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Acer Predator X27, 4K monitor

The full line-up of graphics cards and their driver versions are listed below:

  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC (ForceWare 418.91)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition (ForceWare 417.54)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (ForceWare 417.35)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition (ForceWare 417.35)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition (ForceWare 417.35)
  • PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 590 (Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.3)

Test cards compared
  ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 590
  ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 590
Launch SRP
  • From S$768
Latest Price
  • From S$541
Core Code
  • TU116
  • TU106
  • GP104-300
  • GP104
  • GP106
  • Polaris 30
GPU Transistor Count
  • 6.6 billion
  • 10.8 billion
  • 7.2 billion
  • 7.2 Billion
  • 4.4 Billion
  • 5.7 billion
Manufacturing Process
  • 12nm
  • 12nm FinFET
  • 16nm FinFET
  • 16nm
  • 16nm
  • 12nm
Core Clock
  • 1,500MHz
  • Core: 1,365MHz, Boost: 1,680MHz
  • Base: 1607MHz
  • Boost: 1683MHz
  • 1,506MHz (Boost: 1,683MHz)
  • 1,506MHz (Boost: 1,708MHz)
  • 1,576MHz
Stream Processors
  • 1,536
  • 1,920
  • 2432
  • 1,920
  • 1,280
  • 2,304
Stream Processor Clock
  • 1,500MHz
  • 1607MHz
  • 1,506MHz
  • 1,506MHz
  • 1,576MHz
Texture Mapping Units (TMUs)
  • 96
  • 120
  • 152
  • 120
  • 80
  • 144
Raster Operator units (ROP)
  • 48
  • 48
  • 64
  • 64
  • 48
  • 32
Memory Clock (DDR)
  • 12,000MHz
  • 6GB GDDR6 14,000MHz
  • 8000MHz DDR
  • 8,000MHz
  • 8,000MHz
  • 2,000MHz
Memory Bus width
  • 192-bit
  • 192-bit
  • 256 bit
  • 256-bit
  • 192-bit
  • 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth
  • 288.1GB/s
  • 336.1GB/s
  • 256GB/s
  • 256GB/s
  • 192GB/s
  • 256GB/s
PCI Express Interface
  • PCIe 3.0
  • 3.0
  • PCIe 3.0
  • 3.0
  • 3.0
  • 3.0
Power Connectors
  • 1x 8-pin
  • 1x 8-pin
  • 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
  • 1x 8-PIN PCIe
  • 1x 6-PIN PCIe
  • 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin
HDMI Outputs
  • 2
  • 1x
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0B
  • 1x
  • 1x
  • 1
DisplayPort Outputs
  • 2
  • 2x
  • 2 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 3x
  • 3x
  • 3
Multi GPU Technology
  • No
  • SLI
  • SLI
  • Yes
DVI Outputs
  • No
  • 1
  • 1x
  • 1x
  • 1
HDCP Output Support
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

 

Benchmarks

Next up, here's a list of all the benchmarks used:

  • 3DMark
  • VRMark
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Far Cry 5
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Tom Clancy's The Division

We used the Fire Strike Extreme benchmark and stress test in 3DMark for our temperature  and power consumption tests respectively.

 

3DMark 

The synthetic 3DMark benchmark tests graphics and computational performance at different resolutions, starting at 1080p and going all the way up to 4K. A series of two graphics test, one physics test, and then a combined test stress your hardware in turn to assess its performance.

Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti I tested performed slightly behind the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition.

In the 1080p Fire Strike benchmark, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti was just under 5 per cent slower than the GeForce GTX 1070. However, it was a good 26 per cent quicker than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, and also 8 per cent faster than the Radeon RX 590.

 

VRMark

Futuremark’s VRMark benchmark is designed to assess a PC’s ability to handle high-performance headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If a PC passes the Orange Room test, it is ready for the latter two systems. The second graph also shows how the cards fared against the benchmark's target of an average FPS of 109. 

Once again, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti performed very similarly to the GeForce GTX 1070. It was also around 30 per cent quicker than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. 

 

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity has long been the poster child for the performance benefits a low-level API like DirectX 12 can bring. It is based on the Nitrous engine and can be extremely punishing thanks to the huge number of onscreen units and the sheer level of detail accorded to each unit. However, the CPU does become the limiting factor at lower resolutions and settings. 

That said, there was a smaller performance differential between the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and the RTX 2060 here, although the former continued to shadow the GeForce GTX 1070. 

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Mankind Divided features just about every trick to make your game look pretty, including things like volumetric and dynamic lighting, screenspace reflections, and cloth physics. Even though it was released in 2016, the game is capable of bringing even the most powerful systems to their knees. 

Both the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1070 continued to show how similar they are in terms of performance, but the Turing card actually has a small advantage here, coming ahead in quite a few test settings. It also handily beat the Radeon RX 590 by around 20 per cent at 1080p. 

 

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is actually an AMD launch title, so it'll be interesting to see how the green camp fares here. As it turns out, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti did quite well here, beating out the Radeon RX 590 by 21 per cent at 1080p and High settings. 

 

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

In Shadow of War, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti managed to inch ahead of the GeForce GTX 1070. It also proved a decent bit faster than both the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and Radeon RX 590, coming ahead by 35 per cent and 21 per cent respectively. 

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

NVIDIA has mentioned Shadow of the Tomb Raider a lot lately, largely because it will be one of the first games to support its RTX technology through a post-release patch. At the time of writing however, the patch hasn't dropped yet, so the results still deal with conventional performance metrics. 

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti was just behind the RTX 2060 here, and it's pretty impressive that it was closer to the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti than it was to the GTX 1070. 

 

Tom Clancy's The Division

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti was again neck-and-neck with the GTX 1070 in The Division. However, it was also 8 per cent behind the GeForce RTX 2060, and 32 per cent ahead of the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. 

8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Great cooling performance
Will run any game at 1080p, usually at max settings
Attractive price
The Bad
No RT and Tensor cores