Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super’s release date and pricing has leaked

Nvidia's GTX 1660 Super's release date and pricing has leaked

Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super’s release date and pricing has leaked

Nvidia’s first GTX Super graphics card is about to release, bringing with it hardware upgrades, confusing spec changes and an unknown impact on performance. 

Simply put, Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super is a GTX 1660 with faster memory. Instead of 8Gbps GDDR5 memory, the GTX 1660 Super used 14Gbps GDDR6 memory, offering users a 75% increase in memory bandwidth and while other hardware specifications remain unchanged. 

Now, Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super is rumoured to launch on October 29th with a price tag of $229. This is $10 more than today’s GTX 1660. Not bad, given the GPU’s 75% boost to memory bandwidth. Even so, it remains to be seen how this boost to memory bandwidth will impact game performance. This leak comes via Videocardz. 

The performance boost that the GTX 1660 Super offers will rely on one factor. How much does memory bandwidth impact performance? If a game or application can benefit from the extra bandwidth, users can expect a notable boost to game performance, if not, then the boost will be minor to non-existent. 

Strangely, Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super uses faster GDDR6 memory than their GTX 1660 Ti, giving the GTX 1660 Super more memory bandwidth than Nvidia’s more expensive GTX 1660 Ti. This gives the GTX 1660 Super the same memory bandwidth as Nvidia’s RTX 2060, making it possible for the GTX 1660 Super to outperform the GTX 1660 Ti in memory-limited workloads. 
   

  Geforce RTX 2060 (FE) Geforce GTX 1660 Ti (Ref) Geforce GTX 1660 Super (Maxsun) Geforce GTX 1660 (Ref) Geforce GTX 1060 6GB (FE) Geforce GTX 1650 (Ref) Geforce GTX 1050 Ti (Ref) Geforce GTX 1050 (Ref)
Architecture Turing Turing Turing Turing Pascal Turing Pascal Pascal
CUDA Cores 1,920 1,536 1,408 1,408 1,280 896 768 640
Ray Tracing Performance
(Gigarays)
5 GR N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Base Clock
1365MHz 1500MHz 1530MHz 1530MHz 1506MHz 1485MHz 1290MHz 1354MHz
Boost Clock 1680MHz 1770MHz 1785MHz 1785MHz 1708MHz 1665MHz 1392MHz 1455MHz
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory Capacity 6GB 6GB 6GB 6GB 6GB 4GB 4GB 2GB
Memory Speed 14Gbps 12Gbps 14Gbps 8Gbps 8Gbps 8Gbps 7Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 336GB/s 288GB/s 336GB/s 192GB/s 192GB/s 128GB/s 112GB/s 112GB/s
Memory Bus Size 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
SLI N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

Nvidia's GTX 1660 Super's release date and pricing has leaked  

This release places Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti in a strange position, as it is both superior and inferior to Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super, offering users more CUDA cores while shipping with slower GDDR6 memory.

While we expect the GTX 1660 Ti to be faster in most games, it is hard to ignore the fact that the GTX 1660 Super out-specs the GTX 1660 Ti when it comes to memory bandwidth. This will undoubtedly lead many gamers to question whether or not the GTX 1660 Ti is worth the extra $50. 

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