Geforce gtx 1660 super gaming x


While its price is high compared lớn the new 5600 XT, this 1660 Super performs well.

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MSI’s GTX 1660 Super Gaming X is a capable 1080p và 1440p performer. But the recently released RX 5600 XT is a better option for most people, performing significantly better for just $10 more.

ForAchieves 60fps at 1080p ultra / 1440p medium on most titlesTwin Frozr 7 cooling is quiet and effectiveZero Frozr (tín đồ off) capability at idle / low loads
AgainstExpensive sầu compared lớn most other GTX 1660 SupersAMD Radeon RX 5600 XT performs better at a similar price

MSI’s GTX 1660 Super Gaming X is a capable 1080p và 1440p performer. But the recently released RX 5600 XT is a better option for most people, performing significantly better for just $10 more.

Pros+ Achieves 60fps at 1080p ultra / 1440p medium on most titles+ Twin Frozr 7 cooling is quiet & effective+ Zero Frozr (người off) capability at idle / low loads
Cons- Expensive sầu compared khổng lồ most other GTX 1660 Supers- AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT performs better at a similar price

MSI và other card partners typically have sầu several different SKUs of the same thẻ. These range from reference models with branded stickers to lớn high-kết thúc models with improved power delivery and custom cooling. The premium models typically offer some kind of improvement over the reference spec, be it performance, cooling, acoustics or all of the above. In that light, MSI’s GTX 1660 Super Gaming X card sits at the top of the staông xã for MSI"s GTX 1660 Super options, but how does it rank among muốn the best graphics cards in its class?

The card comes with a factory overcloông chồng, more robust power delivery, as well as the Twin Frozr 7 thermal kiến thiết to lớn keep things cool. Pricing on this card is $269.99 at Newegg and is close to the high end of GTX 1660 Supers, which currently start at at $230. But with AMD’s new Radeon RX 5600 XT now delivering 2060-class performance while occupying the $279-plus price band, the $250-$300 market becomes quite a busy, complicated space.As with most mid-range and lower-kết thúc cards, Nvidia offered reference specifications but not an actual reference/Founder’s Edition card for the 1660 Super. So it"s up lớn the board partners to lớn vày as they wish (within reason of course) with clocks speeds, power delivery and cooling solutions. With this Gaming X, power is delivered via a single 8-pin connector, and is full size (it"s 9.7 inches long) but should fit into lớn most builds.

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The GTX 1660 Super uses 6GB of GDDR6, as does the 1660 Ti (the 1660 uses GDDR5). The memory uses a 192-bit bus with six 32-bit memory controllers. The 6GB capađô thị is a sweet spot for 1080p gaming. While 4GB capacity is capable, there are many titles out already (this number grows monthly) that when using 1080p ‘ultra’ settings, eclipses that mark, resulting in negative sầu results as the buffer gets dumped lớn slower off-thẻ memory. We’ve sầu seen what this can vị khổng lồ the RX 5500 XT in other đánh giá (even when it is using the faster PCIe 4.0 x16 slot).

The MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X we"re looking at here comes with a 1,530 MHz base cloông xã & 1,750 MHz (14 Gbps GDDR6 effective) memory cloông xã. The boost clock is listed as 1,830 MHz, 45 MHz above sầu the reference specification. TDPhường on the reference thẻ is listed as 126W, so this Model may use a bit more. MSI suggests a 450W or larger power supply.

The TU116 GPU core includes the Turing NVENC encoder, rather than the Volta encoder included in the original GTX 1650 and the TU117 chip. NVENC encoding on the Turing-based cards decreases CPU utilization and improves performance, especially with higher-resolution encoding & decoding.Below is a complete danh sách of specifications for the budget range of Nvidia GPUs.

Geforce GTX 1650Geforce GTX 1650 SuperGeForce GTX 1660MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X
Architecture (GPU)Turing (TU117)Turing (TU116)Turing (TU116)Turing (TU116)
ALUs / Stream Processors896128014081408
Peak FP32 Compute (Based on Typical Boost)2.9 TFLOPS4.4 TFLOPS5 TFLOPS5 TFLOPS
Tensor CoresN/AN/AN/AN/A
Texture Units56808888
Base Clochồng Rate1485 MHz1530 MHz1530 MHz1530 MHz
Nvidia Boost/AMD trò chơi Rate1665 MHz1725 MHz 1785 MHz1830 MHz
AMD Boost RateN/AN/AN/AN/A
Memory Bus128-bit128-bit192-bit192-bit
Memory Bandwidth128 GB/s192 GB/s192 GB/s336 GB/s
L2 Cache1MB1.5MB1.5MB1.5MB
Transistor Count4.7 billion6.6 billion6.6 billion6.6 billion
Die Size200 mm²284 mm²284 mm²284 mm²

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The MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X measures in at 9.7 x 5 x 1.6-inches, which makes this a dual-slot card. Since it is a true two-slot solution, you will be able lớn use the slot below so long as whatever is plugged in there doesn’t protrude above sầu the slot line, as space in between will be tight. The thẻ is by all accounts full-kích thước, running almost the full width of an ATX motherboard with its height just barely sticking up above PCIe expansion slot height. But it"s compact enough that it should fit in most non-SFF systems. As always though, be sure khổng lồ check your chassis specifications before buying.

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The card’s Twin Frozr 7 cooler sports a blachồng shroud around the two large fans. The plastic cover uses sharp angles, along with a chevron-lượt thích pattern between them. Also located on the front are four tastefully implemented RGB LEDs that sit above và below the two fans. In addition, the top of the card also uses RGB lighting, which illuminates the MSI Twin Frozr 7 writing along with the gaming Long. Protecting the back of the thẻ is a simple backplate.

The card has a fair amount of style and RGB glow, but it won’t stick out lượt thích a spotlight. Its black-and-grey thiết kế should blkết thúc in with most build themes.

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The Twin Frozr 7 cooler was able to lớn keep this card cooler than EVGA’s solution và its beefier 2+ slot cooler, all while being whisper quiet throughout our testing.

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MSI’s Twin Frozr 7 sports dual 90milimet fans to lớn get air across the heatsink. The Torx người 3.0 uses a dispersion type fan blade that is specially curved, which MSI says accelerates airflow và increases its effectiveness. MSI implements its Zero Frozr công nghệ here, so that the fans remain off on idle và low loads. This allows for complete silence on the desktop or light activity.

The heatsink below the fans is large, with a relatively dense fin array and runs the entire length -- and most of the height -- of the thẻ. It uses a nickel-plated copper base plate lớn mate to lớn the die to lớn the heatsink. Just above the base plate are three s-shaped heat pipes, each making two passes through the fin stack. The Memory và VRMs are cooled by a simple blachồng baseplate.

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Taking a closer look at the power delivery, the Gaming X uses a 4+2 configuration, with four phases for the GPU & two for the memory. The GPU voltage is controlled by an OnSemi NCP81610 controller with a total of eight channels -- no doublers are in use. The MOSFETs are also OnSemi br& NCP302045 DrMOS. Delivering power khổng lồ the capable (but not overbuilt) VRMs is a single 8-pin PCIe connector. Combined with the PCIe slot, a total of 225W of in-spec power will be delivered.

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Connectivity on this thẻ consists of four total ports: three v1.4a DisplayPorts, which supports lossless DSC và 8k
30 Hz using a single cable or 8k
60 Hz with DSC enabled. In addition khổng lồ that is a single HDMI (2.0b) port.

How We Tested MSI’s GTX 1660 Super Gaming X

Recently, we’ve updated our GPU chạy thử system lớn a new platsize và swapped from a six-core i7-8086K khổng lồ an eight-core Chip Core i9-9900K. The CPU sits in an MSI Z390 MEG Ace motherboard, along with 2x16GB Corsair DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 RAM (CMK32GX4M2B3200C16). Keeping the CPU cool is a Corsair H150i Pro RGB AIO along with a 120mm Sharkoon bạn for general airflow across the kiểm tra system. Storing our OS & gaming suite is a single 2TB Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 drive sầu.

The motherboard was updated lớn the lathử nghiệm (at this time) BIOS (version 7B12v16) from August 2019. Optimized defaults were used khổng lồ phối up the system. We then enabled the memory’s XMP protệp tin lớn get the memory running at the rated 3200 MHz CL16 specification. No other changes or performance enhancements were enabled. The latest version of Windows 10 (1909) was used và is fully updated as of December 2019.

As time goes on we continue lớn build our database of results baông xã up based on this chạy thử system. For now, we will include GPUs that are cđại bại in performance khổng lồ the card that is being reviewed. Here we have a Zotac GTX 1660 Amp, Eđồ họa GTX 1660 Super SC Ultra, và the Ecard đồ họa GTX 1660 Ti XC. Representing AMD, in this case, is an XFX RX 590 Fat Boy, and Gigabyte RX 5500 XT Gaming OC 8G.

Our danh mục of test games is currently Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Borderlands 3, Gears of War 5, Strange Brigade, Shadow of The Tomb Raider, Far Cry 5, Metro: Exodus, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Forza Horizon 4 and Battlefield V. These titles represent a broad spectrum of genres and APIs which gives us a good idea of the relative performance difference between the cards. We’re using driver build 441.trăng tròn for the Nvidia cards & Adrenalin 20đôi mươi Edition trăng tròn.1.1 for AMD cards.

We capture our frames per second (fps) & frame time information by running OCAT during our benchmarks. In order khổng lồ capture clochồng and người tốc độ, temperature, và power, GPUz"s logging capabilities are used. Soon we’ll resume using the Powenetics-based system used in previous reviews as soon as the equipment is ready.