Skip to main content

Midrange Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics card may be 20 percent faster than GTX 1060

RTX 2080
Riley Young/Digital Trends

It has been rumored in the past month that Nvidia could soon debut a new GTX 1660Ti graphics card to entice gamers with midrange performance and lower price points. In what is now the freshest development, alleged leaked benchmarks are showing that the new offering could be as much as 20 percent faster when compared to the older GTX 1060.

AOTS – GTX 1660 Ti High (1080p) Score 7400 ( Laptop )
GTX 1060 High (1080p) Score 6200 ( Laptop )

— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) January 21, 2019

The leak comes from TUM_APISAK on Twitter, who discovered Ashes of the Singularity performance benchmarks in an online database. In the scoring, the yet to be announced GTX 1660 Ti netted 7,400 at 1080p high resolution, topping the GTX 1060 at 6,200. Adding up to roughly a 1,200-point (or 20-percent) difference, this hints that the GTX 1660 Ti could be as powerful as the GTX 1060. It also suggests that the graphics card could have been tested internally at Nvidia, and could be coming soon.

Pricing is not yet known on the GTX 1660 Ti, but if midrange pricing holds up to be true, Nvidia could win gamers scared by the $600 cost of the RTX 2070 and the newly announced $350 RTX 2060. A release date is also not yet known, but Videocardz reports that the GTX 1660 Ti could be coming in February alongside a non-Ti model with the much faster GDDR5X memory. Still, it is hard to truly judge the performance value without knowing the price.

Get your weekly teardown of the tech behind PC gaming
Check your inbox!

As for now, it could be an enticing upgrade, as the older GTX 1060 remains very popular, accounting for 15.39 percent of the overall share on Steam in December of 2018. Compared to the top-of-the-line RTX 2060, very early rumors have indicated that the GTX 1660 Ti could ship with a lesser powered TU116 Turning GPU but without support for ray tracing. It also was rumored to come with a total of 1,526 CUDA cores, 20 percent more than what is found onboard the GTX 1060. As for the video memory, that was noted at 6GB of GDDR6 memory, the same amount on the RTX 2060 series.

That is powerful enough for most midrange gaming and would nicely balance out Nvidia’s lineup, falling in between both the older GTX 1060 and ray tracing-enabled RTX 2060. And, with AMD just taking the wraps off the Vega VII, this newer and cheaper card would only spice up the graphics card competition, which is always better for the wallets of gamers who are on a budget.

Editors' Recommendations

Arif Bacchus
Arif Bacchus is a native New Yorker and a fan of all things technology. Arif works as a freelance writer at Digital Trends…
AMD’s GPUs had a bigger year in 2023 than you might realize
AMD's RX 7700 XT in a test bench.

It's safe to say that 2023 turned out to be a good year for the discrete graphics cards market. According to the latest data, both AMD and Nvidia saw an increase in add-in board (AIB) GPU shipments in the final quarter of 2023, and the year-to-year gains are also massive. While Nvidia still dominates the market, AMD's share is climbing steadily, and Intel remains in the shadows.

Today's round of market insights comes from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), and it's all about discrete GPUs. According to the analyst firm, discrete GPU shipments increased by 6.8% over the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the previous quarter. This is above the less-than-impressive 10-year average of -0.6%. The year-to-year gains are even more impressive, though, as JPR notes a 32% increase compared to the final quarter of 2022, with a total of 9.5 million GPUs shipped (as opposed to 8.9 million units at the end of 2022).

Read more
Nvidia is the ‘GPU cartel,’ says former AMD Radeon manager
A hand holding the RTX 4090 GPU.

AMD's former senior vice president and general manager of Radeon has come out with some strong words against Nvidia. Scott Herkelman called Nvidia "the GPU cartel" in response to a story from the Wall Street Journal in which Nvidia's customers claim that it delays GPU shipments in retaliation for those customers shopping with other suppliers.

The accusation in question comes from Jonathan Ross, CEO of AI chip startup Groq, who said, "a lot of people that we meet with say that if Nvidia were to hear that we were meeting, they would disavow it. The problem is you have to pay Nvidia a year in advance, and you may get your hardware in a year, or it may take longer, and it's, 'Aw shucks, you're buying from someone else, and I guess it's going to take a little longer.'"

Read more
Why I’m feeling hopeful about Nvidia’s RTX 50-series GPUs
The RTX 4070 Super on a pink background.

I won't lie -- I was pretty scared of Nvidia's RTX 50-series, and I stand by the opinion that those fears were valid. They didn't come out of thin air; they were fueled by Nvidia's approach to GPU pricing and value for the money.

However, the RTX 40 Super refresh is a step in the right direction, and it's one I never expected to happen. Nvidia's most recent choices show that it may have learned an important lesson, and that's good news for future generations of graphics cards.
The price of performance
Nvidia really didn't hold back in the RTX 40 series. It introduced some of the best graphics cards we've seen in a while, but raw performance isn't the only thing to consider when estimating the value of a GPU. The price is the second major factor and weighing it against performance can often tip the scales from "great" to "disappointing." That was the case with several GPUs in the Ada generation.

Read more