The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is taking over the mid-range GPU role for gamers ultimately replacing the last generation’s popular Pascal GPU, the GTX 1060 6GB. Not only does the Palit GTX 1660 Ti offer performance within the range of GTX 1070 and AMD RX Vega 56, it also offers what the latest NVIDIA Turing architecture has to offer, but without ray-tracing.
The GTX 1660 Ti is set to become the new favorite among budget gamers and streamers who are looking for enough horsepower for game streaming and to drive the latest AAA titles.
|GTX 1660 Ti||GTX 1660|
|NVIDIA CUDA Cores||1536||1408|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1770||1785|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1500||1530|
|Memory Config||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface Width||192bit||192bit|
As you can see on the specs sheet, the difference between the the GTX 1660 Ti and the vanilla GTX 1660 is that the GTX 1660 Ti ships with 1536 CUDA Cores and 6GB of GDDR6 memory. On the other hand, the GeForce GTX 1660 ships with 1408 CUDA and 6GB of GDDR5 memory.
Palit GTX 1660 Ti Dual OC
For testing Palit has sent over the Palit GTX 1660 Ti Dual OC which is a dual-slot GPU that features two fans and an extended heatsink with copper heatpipes.
Unfortunately they didn’t include a back plate for this GPU unlike one of other budget offerings in the market.
This graphics card is rated to have a 120w TDP and it requires a single 8-pin PCIe to power up. Here, you can also see the subtle GEFORCE GTX branding with a white LED lining.
For outputs, the Palit GTX 1660 Ti Dual has a single DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, and DVI output.
In our FurMark GPU stress test, the Palit GTX 1660 Ti DUAL OC shown a boost core clock of roughly 1875Mhz and 6000Mhz memory clock. In around 15 minutes of stress testing, the GPU temperature never went beyond 70°C. This test was done on an open-case test bench with ambient temperatures around 25°C.
We put this graphics card to the test with a wide variety of games in 1080p and compared to other cards within it’s expected performance level.
Here’s the list of hardware that we used for this test:
- Processor – AMD Ryzen 7 2700x @ 4.2GHz
- Memory – 2x8GB 3200mhz DDR4 kit
- Motherboard – Asus ROG Crosshair VI X370
- Graphics cards:
- MSI Ventus XS GTX 1660 6GB
- Zotac GTX 1060 6GB AMP! Edition
- PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 8GB
- MSI RX 570 Armor OC 8GB
- Palit GTX 1660 Ti DUAL OC
Looking at the benchmark charts below, the Palit GTX 1660 Ti Dual OC was able to get the highest frames in 1080p gaming among the stack of GPU’s that we’ve tested.
NVENC (new) streaming with OBS
On the image below you can find my NVENC (new) settings for Facebook streaming with Streamlabs OBS but NVIDIA also has their own guide for setting this up.
I highly recommend streaming in 720p60fps since majority of Facebook viewers only watch with their mobile phones and 720p is more than enough for data consumption.
Streams can get better quality with higher bitrate but Facebook live only allows for a max bitrate of 6000 in 1080p. You can take a look at the sample stream below as well. Other streaming services like Twitch allows for even higher than 10,000 bitrate.
There is no question here that the GTX 1660 Ti performs the best among the stack in terms of raw gaming power. Even with the lack of ray tracing support, this card shines through at what it does best: providing the raw GPU power needed to drive games above 100+FPS.
For competitive players and game streamers, this card is a good value for it offers high-end performance for the price. With the built-in Turing NVENC encoder, budget streamers can get away with gaming using a quad-core CPU and allowing the 1660 Ti’s hardware encoder do the streaming.
The GTX 1660 Ti on it’s own is a decent gaming graphics card and I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to get the best frames in 1080p on both gaming and streaming