With the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti now out the door, Nvidia is turning its attention to the lower end of its expected GeForce GTX 16 line-up. Rumours for both the GeForce GTX 1660 and the GTX 1650 have been doing the rounds and now we have the expected release dates courtesy of DigiTimes, who claim industry sources have provided them with Nvidia’s release schedule.
First up, allegedly is the GeForce GTX 1660, which will be out on March 15th. Sitting right beneath the GTX 1660 Ti, the GTX 1660 could offer 1280 CUDA cores along with a choice of either 3GB or 6GB GDDR5 memory sat on a 192-bit memory interface.
The GTX 1660 uses a cut-down version of the TU116 GPU found in the GTX 1660 Ti and it either needs to have sky-high clock speeds or a bargain-bin price if it actually wants to be a worthwhile successor to the GTX 1060. Both cards share the same core count so it remains to be seen whether the GTX 1660 can set the world on fire. Outperforming the RX 580 has to be seen as the minimum aim, preferably at a price point of $229 or cheaper.
Following on from this, DigiTimes claims the GeForce GTX 1650 will then launch on April 30th and will be the entry-level Turing graphics card. On paper, this is a successor to the GTX 1050 but again, aggressive pricing is going to be needed if Nvidia wants it to be a viable alternative to the RX 570. CUDA core count is currently unknown for the GeForce GTX 1650 but it’s expected to pack 4GB GDDR6 VRAM on a 128-bit memory bus, along with a price tag of $179.
On the surface, it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot to get expected about here. All of the juicy new Turing tech is exclusive to the RTX series, so what we’ve got here could ultimately only end up being a marginal improvement over the Pascal-powered GTX 10 Series. It’s coming up to three years since the GTX 1060 released and, based on what we know so far, you’d be hard-pressed to call this new GTX 16 series a must-have upgrade.