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MSI Gaming X Geforce GTX 1660 TI Review

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When Nvidia’s 10 series of graphics cards hit two years old, we all started to wonder when the next generation would finally be announced. When the Titan V launched, we had all expected the 11 series to follow shortly after that and be based on Nvidia’s Volta architecture. Then, the rumors started to circulate about the next generation being the 20 series. Many of us, myself included thought this was a joke and that they weren’t going to skip over 11-19. Then, that’s exactly what they did when Nvidia announce the all-new RTX 20 series of GPUs with the RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 ti and more recently, the 2060.

With the move to the RTX series with real-time Ray Tracing, many never expected to see the GTX label on a card again. We were recently thrown a curve ball with the announcement of the GTX 1660 ti. The GTX 1660 ti is still based on the same Turning architecture of the 20 series. However, it doesn’t have the benefit of real-time ray tracing, like the 20 series. Pleased just below the RTX 2060, the GTX 1660 TI is said to have performance that rivals that of the GTX 1070, which launched at a much higher price point.

Over the last several generations, I’ve personally grown partial to MSI graphics cards. Their coolers are big, beefy and keep the cards cool, even under load. So, when they asked us to take a look at their all new Gaming X 1660 ti, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. If the 1660 ti performs as well as they claim, this card could redefine budget gaming. We put the MSI Gaming X 1660 ti through our suite of benchmarks to see how it stacks up to other cards at a similar price point.

Review Sample Provided by: MSI
Product Name/Link to Website: Gaming X GTX 1660 TI
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Specifications and Features

MODEL NAME                                              GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti GAMING X 6G

GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT                    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti

INTERFACE                                                    PCI Express x16 3.0

CORES                                                            1536 Units

CORE CLOCKS                                               Boost: 1875 MHz

MEMORY SPEED                                           12 Gbps

MEMORY                                                       6GB GDDR6

MEMORY BUS                                               192-bit

OUTPUT                                                         DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI 2.0b x 1

HDCP SUPPORT                                            2.2

POWER CONSUMPTION                             130 Watts

POWER CONNECTORS                                8-pin x 1

RECOMMENDED PSU                                  450 Watt

CARD DIMENSION(MM)                             247 x 127 x 46 mm

WEIGHT (CARD / PACKAGE)                       869 g / 1511 g

AFTERBURNER OC                                       YES

DIRECTX VERSION SUPPORT                      12 API

OpenGL VERSION SUPPORT                      4.5

MAXIMUM DISPLAYS                                  4

VR READY                                                      YES

G-SYNC™ TECHNOLOGY                             YES

DIGITAL MAXIMUM RESOLUTION            7680 x 4320

Key Features

Twin Frozr 7 Thermal Design

TORX Fan 3.0

– Dispersion fan blade: Steep curved blade accelerating the airflow.

– Traditional fan blade: Provides steady airflow to massive heat sink below.

Mastery of Aerodynamics: The heatsink is optimized for efficient heat dissipation, keeping your temperatures low and performance high.

Zero Frozr technology: Stopping the fan in low-load situations, keeping a noise-free environment.

RGB Mystic Light

Customize colors and LED effects with exclusive MSI software and synchronize the look & feel with other components.

Dragon Center

A consolidated platform that offers all the software functionality for your MSI Gaming product.

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Paul Malfy

I started building computers in 1994. I studied journalism and computer science in college. I love gaming but hardware is my true passion. Especially video cards.

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