Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super to launch on October 29th priced at $229

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Oct 22, 2019 2:03 PM

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB may be the world’s worst kept secret but it’s still officially a secret all the same. Now, Nvidia has allegedly officially informed certain members of the press that the GeForce GTX 1660 Super is the real deal and it will be launching in exactly one week’s time.

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Super is pencilled in to launch on October 29th and will slot in right between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB. It bears much more similarity to the former rather than the latter though, lining up with almost identical specs bar the faster GDDR6 video memory.

We’re looking at the exact same cut down TU116-300 GPU, complete with 1408 CUDA Cores, a base clock speed of 1530 MHz and a boost clock of 1785 MHz. The GeForce GTX 1660 Super sets itself apart from the vanilla GTX 1660 thanks to its 6GB GDDR6 memory. This allows for a faster memory speed of 14Gb/s, increasing the memory bandwidth from 192GB/s up to 336GB/s. 

Price-wise, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super is expected to begin at $229 from launch next week, around $10 more expensive than a GeForce GTX 1660. Considering the similarity in price, it’s possible the GTX 1660 Super may be replacing an outgoing GTX 1660. 

  GeForce GTX 1650 GeForce GTX 1660 GeForce GTX 1660 Super GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Architecture TU117 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU116-400
Process 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm
CUDA Cores 896 1408 1408 1536
TMUs 56 80 80 96
ROPs 32 48 48 48
Base Clock 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz
Boost Clock 1665 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz
Memory 4GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6
Memory Interface 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Speed 8 GHz 8 GHz 14 GHz 12 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 128 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 336 GB/s 288 GB/s
Price $149 $219 $229 $279

There’s not a whole lot in it then, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super can essentially be viewed as a ‘Super’ refresh of the GTX 1660. The greater memory bandwidth should help with higher-resolution textures or displays, although the real-world benefits may be fairly minimal.

Overall, it’s not the most exciting addition to the Nvidia GeForce 16 series line-up, smacking of an over-reaction to AMD imminent Radeon RX 5500 series more than anything. Still, we’ll be eager to see next week whether the use of GDR6 memory helps the GeForce GTX 1660 Super stand apart.

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12:39 Oct-23-2019

This is because Nvidia is facing no competition making stupid gpus instead of reducing prices of gpus
By the way i am Nvidia fanboy

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04:15 Oct-23-2019

"ok." - Manual Overclocked Gtx1660 user.

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15:51 Oct-22-2019

Judging from the price and the specs of the 1660 Super, I think it makes more sense to get that instead of the Ti. Less CUDA Cores and TMUs, but almost everything else has higher specs.

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17:05 Oct-22-2019

If you look closely the regular 1660 has the same specs as the Super but it's not better than the TI. The only thing that changed was the memory bandwidth and memory speed

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17:10 Oct-22-2019

I know, I was simply comparing the 1660 Super to the 1660 Ti.

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18:14 Oct-22-2019

This means that the gtx 1660 was bandwidth starved as I thought, as the gtx 1060 needed 256 bit bus with GDDR5 to have sufficient bandwidth.
TBH with GDDR6 they should have gone with 128 bit bus and make 75W gtx 1660 Super or at least close ot that.

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08:11 Oct-23-2019

why was the gtx1060 bandwidth starved? the 9gb/s version was 1-2 fps faster than the normal 8gb/s

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09:12 Oct-23-2019

The GDDR5X and GDDR5 had the same bandwidth, beats me why they even bothered releasing a GDDR5X version.
https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/geforce-gtx-1060-6-gb-gddr5x.c3328
https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/geforce-gtx-1060-6-gb.c2862

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09:33 Oct-23-2019

cause they had a lot of faulty 1080 chips that could perfectly work as a 1060 with the gddr5x memory?
also with some oc the ggdr5x model could oc -10% above the normal gddr5 version thus beat the rx590

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09:35 Oct-23-2019

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/kfa2-gtx-1060-6-gb-gddr5x/34.html
44% memory OC is quite something :D
14.7 % actual perf. increase means it was not memory starved

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11:51 Oct-23-2019

I totally didn't notice that the gddr5x version was a GP104 and not a GP106, my bad. O_O


Also it did get performance boost from memory overclocking and with more extensive testing the results might have been a bit better. Though that said the gtx 1660 has more performance than the gtx 1060 and has the same bandwidth so it is more starved for bandwidth for sure, unless delta color compression was improved, but I don't think Nvidia mentioned anything about it.

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14:42 Oct-22-2019

It's just for higher specs on paper to draw people in.

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14:49 Oct-22-2019

Depends on how much bandwidth starved the regular gtx 1660 is, but aren't specs and performance metrics made exactly for that in the first place?

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15:15 Oct-22-2019

performance metrics from the manufacturer are marketing.
considering its not going to beat the 1660ti (2-20fps difference) im gonna go out on a limb and say that for its $10 increase, the uptick in performance is going to be minimal

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15:18 Oct-22-2019

and therefore more marketing than anything else.

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15:37 Oct-22-2019

Well GDDR6 costs 70% more than GDDR5, so it's normal to have a higher price, this just means that they should cut the gtx 1660 to 140-150$ and finally have a competitor for the rx 570. And now I realized how sad it is that I'm still talking about 3.5 year old GPUs because they are still relevent... why, oh why

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15:40 Oct-22-2019

Also performance metrics are what gives performance and performance is what makes us buy GPUs.

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10:28 Oct-23-2019

Metrics do not give performance. Metrics are a measurement. Performance metrics are a measurement of performance.
If gddr6 is 70% more expensive, then that shows how overpriced the original 1660 really was.

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10:54 Oct-24-2019

That's what I said

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13:47 Oct-24-2019

maybe you went to say something else and therefor need to read what you said and how i responded because "Also performance metrics are what gives performance and performance is what makes us buy GPUs." does not say the samething i did.

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15:49 Oct-24-2019

yeah my bad I pharsed it wrong, too much Bulgarian recently XD
I meant to say what you said and I thought I said what you said. :)

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14:26 Oct-22-2019

Ah so that's why it's more expensive after TSMC did a 12/16/20nm price cut, it's got GDDR6 instead of GDDR5. Let's see how much the gtx 1660 was bandwidth starved.

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14:06 Oct-22-2019

Even if the cores are the same, the memory difference is worth those 10$ IMO. It now depends on the actual store prices.

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18:21 Oct-22-2019

Agreed. At leas this memory bandwidth won't bottleneck the capacity of the memory.

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18:26 Oct-22-2019

Since my reply didn't go through the first time, this time I'm replying to both of you :D


Yeah, the gtx 1660 was bandwidth starved, for GDDR5 it needed s 256 bit bus. I'm really wondering why they didn't go with a 128 bit bus and GDDR6 and try and hit that 75W sweet spot, but oh well, this is good too.


Also it's 10$ more as TSMC cut the price of 12/16/20nm due to the upcoming 12nm+ and them getting cheaper, but gddr6 is 70% more expensive than GDDR5 and then this sinks in and it turns out that if you remove the VRAM the Regular GTX 1660 Non-super is/was sold at the same price as the gtx 1660Ti. good job Nvidia you greedy cucks...

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