Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p.

This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2022 popular games. This short GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 746 games in the list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB can run Forza Horizon 5 at 1080p and saw it return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 104 FPS, Medium: 82 FPS, High: 55 FPS and Ultra: 40 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Battlefield 2042 returns a weak 24 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Forza Horizon 5 and saw it deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 80 FPS, Medium: 63 FPS, High: 42 FPS and Ultra: 30 FPS. We then checked the performance on Battlefield 2042 to see if that runs well. It was weak with a 18 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB is going to struggle to keep a solid FPS, but a modern game could have a few options tweaked to get it playable at this res but on low graphics settings.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB in your PC? Upgrade time for this GPU is currently placed at 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB.
FPS System Benchmark
75 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB was released on 14 Mar 2019
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB
GPU
Architecture
Turing TU116
Process
12nm
TMUs
88
Texture Rate
157 GTexel/s
ROPs
48
Pixel Rate
86 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
$239
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
6.2
Open GL
4.6
Resolution (WxH)
7680 x 4320
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
6144MB
Memory Speed
2001MHz
Memory Bus
192bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
192.1GB/sec
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
1
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1530 MHz
Boost Clock
1785 MHz
Power
Max Power
120 Watts
PSU
450 Watt & 27 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
12 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
74
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GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
The GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB is an entry to mid-level Nvidia graphics card which launched on March 14th, 2019. The GeForce GTX 1660 is designed to compete against AMD's more affordable gaming cards such as the RX 570 and the RX 580, and replaces the outgoing GTX 1060. The GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB is a dual-slot mini-ITX graphics card with a single-fan cooling solution, Expertool II compatibility, and is certified VR-Ready. Its small size means this video card is an ideal choice for a small-form-factor (SFF) PC build. This graphics card has poor overclocking potential.

Architecture
The Turing GPU architecture aims for 30-50% as much performance as the previous-gen Pascal Architecture.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Turing TU116, more specifically the TU166-300-A1, which has 22 SM activated and thus 1408 Shader Processing Units, 88 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1530 MHz and goes up to 1785 MHz with the Boost Clock, the same speed as the reference model.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5 through a 192-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 2001MHz, or 8GHz effective.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, this graphics card requires one 8-pin power connector and a minimum of a 450W power supply.

Performance
The GeForce GTX 1660 will enable medium to high graphics performance on modern AAA 2018 released games. Although there will be variations on this frame rate we expect this card to deliver around 50+ FPS on High graphics settings at 1080p screen resolution.
Comparatively, this card will have slightly faster performance than the GTX 1060.

System Suggestions
The GeForce GTX 1660 Gainward Pegasus 6GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440, so our recommendation would be to use 1920x1080 in order to get the most out of your settings. We recommend a high-end processor such as the i5-8500 and 12GB of RAM for optimal performance.

Source [ Jon ]