GTX 1660 Super – The Best Budget 1080p Gaming GPU

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Alright, to be completely honest this is just a glorified GTX 1660 with GDDR6 memory, but this makes big difference in its performance which I would go into later.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Super, launched in October 2019 and based on a 12nm process with the Turing architecture. Although, unlike the 1660 Ti, which uses the same GPU and has all 1536 shaders unlocked, Nvidia disabled some of the shading units to reach the targeted shader count of 1408. Now for the memory upgrade, the GTX 1660 went through a massive change, from GDDR5 with 192GB/s to GDDR6 with 336GB/s, before this card was launched, the only other card with this fast memory was the RTX 2060.

Source: Techspot

Now the average Joe might ask “What’s the difference between GDDR5 and GDDR6?” and “Is it worth shelling out the extra cash?”, the answer to latter is YES, the increase in the memory bandwidth means the card can draw frames faster and draw higher quality images faster, having a low memory bandwidth can mean the GPU is suddenly bottlenecked, as it’s waiting for the RAM to send it data, suddenly limiting the frames or FPS it can spit out.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Super retailes for around ₹21,000 (as of Q1 2020), while the GTX 1660 Ti is around ₹26,500 (as of Q1 2020), the 2%-3% increase in performance doesn’t exactly validate its extra ₹5,000.

If you are in the market for a 1080p gaming graphics card, I would recommend buying the GTX 1660 Super. The original GTX 1660 was already a very good entry level GPU, Nvidia made it better in every single way. The Nvidia Super series cards have been a bit of a hit and miss (I’m looking at you RTX 2080 Super), but I can’t recommend GTX 1660 Super enough.

At the end of the day, 1080p is the most popular gaming resolution in the PC section, and graphic cards of this price range is where people will end up spending their money.

Robin Sunny

Robin is a AMD fanboy and a techie who studies programming for a living, in that order.

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