REVIEW | Galax GTX 1660 Super: The DifferenceDecember 30, 2019
The Galax GTX 1660 Super is a defining card in the realm of Nvidia’s timeline. Expected to replace the 1660TI while sporting a ton of new improvements, does it really hold up to expectations?
Still having a lower GPU clock speeds compared to the GTX 1660 Ti, the GTX 1660 Super takes the advantage of it’s superior memory configuration which makes it perform well above the vanilla GTX 1660.
|GTX 1660 Ti||GTX 1660 Super||GTX 1660|
|NVIDIA CUDA Cores||1536||1408||1408|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1770||1785||1785|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1500||1530||1530|
|Memory Config||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface Width||192bit||192bit||192bit|
What’s in the Box?
The usual packaging of Galax persists – with the card and included manual and cables.
Build and Performance:
The Galax GTX 1660 Super is a straightforward design that enjoys being a piece of metal without any other RGB or flashy features. It does come with a stylish backplate making it a bit more pleasing aesthetically compared to other GPUs in the market with bare PCBs.
A refresh or a current gen 1070 as some may call it – The GTX 1660 Super is mostly known to take the place of the 1660TI. But the cost of such phasing out has some questions to be raised – Is the card better than the TI? Is it on par with the TI? and so much more.
- 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
Based on benchmarks alongside a 1660TI, we have a yes but actually no situation in our hands where both cards straddle along the lines of performance both in temperature and actual numbers through the benchmarks.
The huge heatsink of the the Galax GTX 1660 Super also is a great selling point for anyone wishing to upgrade from their past generation card alongside new and better VRAM and driver support!
One more selling point for not just the GTX 1660 Super but also the newer generation GTX cards in general is that it works well with the new NVENC streaming encoder as it gets similar patch support from Nvidia alongside the RTX cards!
The Galax GTX 1660 Super isn’t what you would expect to be the better card when comparing to the TI variant but it sure is on par with it. While everyone’s going for the RTX cards, there is no reason to not go for the GTX 1660 Super if the need arises!
Final Thoughts and Recommendations:
Overall, The GTX 1660 Super is the perfect purchase for people who are planning to upgrade their old generation GTX cards or if you’re planning to build a PC with a limited budget!
A refresh of the GTX 1070 – with better TDP, driver support, VRAMs, and just everything in general! This also is a good buy if you plan on streaming and you don’t have the budget to buy a new processor or board. Just use the new NVENC encoder and the new generation GTX cards will handle it well!
- Reasonable Refresh – A refresh of an old generation card but the amount of improvements and new features make it a worthwhile purchase.
- Gearing Up for the Future – As a new generation GTX card, it is entitled to future updates with Nvidia. Even if it doesn’t bare the name of the RTX big boys, it still holds the new updates.
- Not better than the TI – Even with a lot of expectations for the 1660 Super to overshadow the TI version by performance – It only straddles the same position with the TI. The only way the Super can overshadow the TI is if Nvidia phases out the TI completely.
Is it a smart buy? We won’t leave you hanging on an “It depends” situation -Rather we highly recommend the purchase of the Galax GTX 1660 Super especially if you’re planning on building an extra PC (e.g. Streaming PC) or if you plan to upgrade old generation GTX graphics cards. A balance between flashy RGB lighting and minimalist metal canvas design – The Galax GTX 1660 Super is the “Difference” between creating your next pc and leaving it with old hardware.