If you’ve been holding out for a reasonably priced, non-ray tracing graphics card from Nvidia that delivers impressive 1440p gaming, the PNY GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 OC is the GPU for you.
- Impressive, silky-smooth 1440p gaming
- Major performance upgrade over GTX 1060
- Reasonably priced
- GDDR6 memory is limited to 12Gbps speeds
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti feels like a graphics card from a bizzaro alternate reality where RTX never happened and everyone got the GPU they wanted. It’s a GPU that’s built on Team Green’s cutting-edge Turing architecture, featuring generational leaps and the affordable prices we deserved.
The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC is an especially great version of Nvidia’s new mid-range graphics card thanks to its compact size and impressive performance. If you’ve been itching for an upgrade from your 10-series Pascal graphics card and couldn’t afford to buy into Nvidia’s ray-traced future, this is the GPU for you.
Pricing and availability
Nvidia says GeForce GTX 1660 Ti cards will start at $279 / £259 / AU$469 and thankfully PNY decided its XLR8 Gaming OC variant will cost the same amount.
Surprisingly, this new graphics card is even cheaper than the $299 / £249 / AU$499 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 it’s replacing. More importantly, the 1660 Ti is also significantly less expensive than Nvidia’s lowest-priced GeForce RTX card, the 2060, that runs for $349 / £329 / AU$599 if you were to buy the company’s own Founders Edition.
The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti’s pricing also puts it in direct competition with the $279 / £249 / AU$425 AMD Radeon RX 590, which has been happily lapping up the mid-range market by itself since its mid-November launch.
Specifications and features
One key distinction that separates the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 OC from the rest of the Nvidia’s Turing series is the fact that it’s not an RTX card. Rather, this GTX card doesn’t feature any RTX cores or tensor cores to power ray-traced lighting or DLSS-based anti-aliasing, respectively.
This graphics card, and all versions of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, also lose out on Virtual Link connector – otherwise known as the specialized USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port for virtual reality. Also forget about ever SLI-ing any of these GPUs together for a multi-card setup, as that feature is reserved for high-end parts like the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti.
Despite all these major features being cut, the TU116 GPU at the heart of this graphics card is still based on the Turing architecture. This means that this part is built upon Nvidia’s latest 12nm process, which is a noticeable die shrink since the company’s last 16nm Pascal architecture. The 1660 Ti also still features 6GB of GDDR6 video memory just like the RTX 2060 – albeit clocked at a slightly lower 12Gbps speed.
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