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Is the Gtx 1660 Ti Obsolete?

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The GTX 1660 Family

It really is a great time to be a gamer.

One of the most important things about a gamer's computer is the graphics card- the hardware that allows high FPS (frames per second) and high resolution gaming to exist. Today, you can get an excellent graphics card for relatively cheap due to the advancements made in computer hardware technology. There are graphics cards specifically made for those of us with a tight budget. The most well known and well trusted 'budget' graphics card series is the GTX 1660 graphics card family. There are three main variants of the GTX 1660: the 1660 (base), 1660 Super, and the 1660 TI.

The GTX 1660 TI graphics card is the big brother of all GTX 1660's- with better raw performance than both the 1660 Super and base 1660 graphics card. While the 1660 Super has a higher base and boost clock, the 1660 TI is better suited for Ultra-setting 60fps gameplay. The 1660 TI is certainly the most expensive 1660 variant, sitting at the $300-$400 dollar mark as of November 2020. But the 1660 TI might just be completely useless, because of another NVIDIA card on the market.

NVIDIA's RTX 2060 Founder's Edition

NVIDIA's RTX 2060 Founder's Edition

The RTX 2060 is the cheapest of the NVIDIA RTX series graphics cards, and it wipes the floor with the GTX 1660 TI. With 384 more cores than the 1660 TI the RTX 2060 outperforms the 1660 TI in almost every way. The RTX 2060 averages about 10 frames per second higher than the GTX 1660 TI in triple A games like Resident Evil 2. But the most shocking thing about this comparison is the prices.

On both Amazon and Newegg the GTX 1660 TI starts at around 270 dollars. The RTX 2060, on the other hand, starts at around 300. For 30 dollars, you could step up to 384 more cores and ray-tracing (NVIDIA's latest feature, allowing for hyper-realistic graphics)! Seems like the 1660 TI is doomed, right? Why would anyone buy a $270-300 relatively mediocre graphics card when they could buy a ~$300 dollar card with ray-tracing and more cores? Not so fast. The 1660 TI has some advantages that make it a great pick in certain circumstances.

The RTX 2060 performs significantly better than the 1660 TI.

The RTX 2060 performs significantly better than the 1660 TI.

Don't turn your back to the GTX 1660 TI yet!

The 1660 TI is generally easier to use in a custom PC build. The 1660 TI requires a less powerful CPU to avoid bottleneck (the restraint of another component's capabilities because of the lack of power in another component) and uses less power (40 watts less). You can pair a 1660 TI with some of the older Intel processors like the i7-3770 without a bottleneck. The lower wattage consumption means you can spend less money on a power supply, and use that money for better RAM or more storage. When you upgrade to a RTX 2060, you will most likely have to upgrade another part of your computer that might bottleneck your RTX 2060, like the CPU or power supply. However, if you are building a completely new PC, the RTX 2060 is a better pick unless you are planning on using a weaker CPU or other parts.

MSI's GTX 1660 TI.

MSI's GTX 1660 TI.

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Gtx 1660 Ti

Why is the RTX 2060 so cheap?

So why would a graphics card with ray-tracing be about the same price as a card without ray-tracing?

The main reason the RTX 2060 graphics card is so cheap is because it's being edged out of the competition by the newest RTX series cards like the new RTX 3000 series cards. This doesn't mean the RTX 2060 isn't good- it's just that people aren't buying as many as they used to, so the prices have lowered. The RTX 2060 is still a great pick if you want ray-tracing in your gaming PC. Prices for the RTX 2060 will go further down as more people flock to buy the newest graphics cards, so it's a good idea to grab a RTX 2060 now while they are still relatively cheap.

If we are comparing graphics cards around the $300 dollar mark, it's only fair that we include the GTX 1660 Super, since it also falls into the $300 dollar price range.

The GTX 1660 Super graphics card is a great choice if your budget cap is ~$300 dollars. Right now, they are slightly cheaper than the 1660 TI. As said before, the GTX 1660 Super has a higher boost clock among other advantages. The power consumption for both cards is about the same. The 1660 Super won't do as well as the TI model in demanding games, but it's still possible to achieve 60fps 1080p gaming. Most people who have the budget for a 300 dollar card should be able to afford a Ti as well, since the Ti is only maybe 20-30 dollars more expensive than the Super variant.

One thing to remember is that prices fluctuate- The price of a 1660 TI today might be completely different than a 1660 TI a month from now. So if you are disappointed that prices are just too high, just wait- they will probably lower soon. Using apps like Honey can help you save money, and setting price drop alerts on sites like Newegg will notify you when the price of a product you chose drops.

Prices fluctuate, so don't be discouraged if prices are high right now.

Prices fluctuate, so don't be discouraged if prices are high right now.


© 2020 Roman Luckett

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