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MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X review

A couple of months ago, we were able to try out the NVIDIA GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti concluding that they were viable options for anyone who’s into esports and game streaming. Now, in this MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X review, we have a chance to see the big picture of what we’re dealing with when it comes to the GTX 16 series of graphics cards.

We didn’t expect that there was going to be a GTX 1660 Super adding on to the wide selection of graphics cards given that we already have other SKUs for the entry and mid-range market, but it’s good to have the option available in this price segment.

If you want to know more about the GTX 16 Series of graphics cards, we have a previous article about it talking about what makes it different from the RTX series, and more.

Specifications

GTX 1660 TiMSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming XGTX 1660 SuperGTX 1660
NVIDIA CUDA Cores1536140814081408
Boost Clock (MHz)1770183017851785
Base Clock (MHz)1500153015301530
Memory Speed12Gbps14Gbps14Gbps8Gbps
Memory Config6GB GDDR66GB GDDR66GB GDDR66GB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width192bit192-bit192-bit192bit
Memory Bandwith288Gb/s336GB/s336GB/s192Gb/s

MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X

As you can see the quick specifications, the only difference between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Super is the GDDR6 memory which has increased memory bandwidth compared to GDDR5 which allows for faster transfer speeds and lower latency which is rewarding to the overall performance of the graphics card in video games.

What’s in the box?

MSI’s box art remains the same highlighting the new Gaming X design which is very subtle and neutral compared to the black and red accents from the previous gen designs.

At the back, you have the usual presentation of the features such as MSI’s patented Twin Frozr 7 Thermal design, RGB lighting via Mystic Light, and other significant GeForce features.

Inside you will find the usual paperwork such as the quick installation guide, a thank you card, and the graphics card itself.

The MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X has a higher boost clock of 1830mhz, which is 30% higher than the vanilla GTX 1660 giving a few extra frames in our gaming test.

Given the first look, you can see that MSI has used their new Gaming X design in this card, but giving it a much shorter form factor than the higher-end RTX 2070 or the triple fan RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio.

It also uses the same metal back-plate design from the other Gaming X cards with the subtle inclusion of the new MSI Gaming logo.

On the side, you will see that this card requires a single 8-pin PCIe power connection for it to be able to work and given that this is using NVIDIA’s Turing GPU architecture, it’s power consumption is very efficient.

For outputs, you have the usual single DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI output, giving you a lot of options for connectivity.

Lit up

GPU Temperature

With it’s rated 125w TDP, the GTX 1660 Super provides efficiency across the board and in turn, keeping temperatures low in tandem with MSI’s implementation of the cooling system. With the Furmak GPU Stress test, the MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X peaked at 66°C in our open-case test system.

Gaming Performance

We put this graphics card to the test in 1080p gaming but unfortunately, we don’t have that many GPUs to compare it with because we are building a new benchmark database using an updated test system.

Here’s the list of hardware that we used for this test:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 9 3900x
  • Memory – 2×8 3400mhz DDR4 kit
  • Motherboard – Asus ROG Crosshair VI
  • Graphics cards:
    • Galax GTX 1660 Super
    • MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X
    • Palit GTX 1660 Ti Dual OC
    • Galax RTX 2070 Super Work The Frames

In our synthetic and gaming benchmarks, the MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X performed within the margin of the GTX 1660 Ti giving it a very good position among the stack. This kind of makes the value proposition of the GTX 1660 Ti questionable as the GTX 1660 Super is cheaper and is using GDDR6.

Final Thoughts

I am very surprised by the results of this MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X review. Given that this is a higher clocked GTX 1660 Super, the performance came close to a factory overclocked GTX 1660 Ti which makes it a good choice if you can get similar performance for less the price. It ticks all the right features that gamers are looking for nowadays: performance, RGB lighting, a stylish back plate, and excellent cooling.

Nonetheless, I feel that what NVIDIA is doing with the release of the GTX 1660 Super aside from preparing to undercut AMD’s Navi offerings in the value segment is that, they want gamers to have a wider selection of great performing graphics cards in accessible price segments.

To be honest, the GTX 1660 Super is a good graphics card and I see no reason to shrug it off. Though people will question its existence because of its almost-equal performance versus the GTX 1660 Ti, it’s nice to have an additional option open in the market at the convenience of gamers.

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