GTX 1660 SUPER vs GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1660 vs RX 590 Comparison

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The launch of the GTX 1660 SUPER has made the GeForce GTX 16 series lineup pretty crowded and confusing. Now, we have three GTX 1660 graphics cards with very little alteration between them. We have the plain GTX 1660, the Ti version of GTX 1660 and now we have the SUPER variant of the GTX 1660 card. The main competitor of these cards form AMD is the Radeon RX 590 that is also a great card and offers great value for the money. All these cards offer performance that is very close to each other and that makes it difficult for the buyer to make a clear-cut decision. So, if you are getting confused on which card to choose from, for you gaming and work needs, then here I am going to compare these cards based on different parameters.

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GTX 1660 SUPER vs GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1660 vs RX 590

Here is a complete comparison between GTX 1660 SUPER, GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1660 and RX 590 graphics cards based on their specifications, performance, pricing, power consumption and features.

GPU Architecture

GTX 1660, GTX 1660 SUPER and GTX 1660 Ti are Nvidia GeForce cards that are built on the Turing GPU architecture. They are based on the TU116 core which is being manufactured on 12nm process. GTX 1660 Ti uses the full TU116 core and comes with 1536 CUDA Cores, while GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 SUPER use the cut down version of TU116 core with some cores locked, and posses 1408 CUDA Cores only. The Radeon RX 590 is built on the Polaris GPU architecture and uses the Polaris 30 GPU core that is built on the 12nm process only.

  GTX 1660 GTX 1660 SUPER GTX 1660 Ti RX 590
GPU Chip TU116 TU116 TU116 Polaris 30
Manufacturing Process 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm
CUDA Cores / Stream Processors 1408 CUDA Cores 1408 CUDA Cores 1536 CUDA Cores 2304 Stream Processors
GPU Architecture Turing Turing Turing Polaris

Memory [VRAM]

Here, out of four cards, two comes with GDDR5 memory and other two have newer and faster GDDR6 memory, but in different configurations. Here, the card that has the fastest memory is the newer GTX 1660 SUPER that comes with 6GB GDDR6 memory (with 192-bit interface) that operates at 14Gbps and delivers bandwidth of 336GB/s, which is 75% more than that of vanilla GTX 1660, around 17% higher than of GTX 1660 Ti and about 31% more than of RX 590. The card with the highest memory is the RX 590 that is equipped with 8GB GDDR5 memory having 256-bit interface. The faster memory of the card does help in memory demanding applications and modern games that come with large and complex textures.

Must Read: GDDR5 vs GDDR6 vs HBM2 Memory Comparison

  GTX 1660 GTX 1660 SUPER GTX 1660 Ti RX 590
Memory Size 6GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit
Memory Speed 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 192 GB/s 336 GB/s 288 GB/s 256 GB/s

Features

All these are VR Ready cards that come with great set of features and support DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.6 and Vulkan API. Also, all of them support FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing in games. Here, the only card that supports multi-GPU setup is the Radeon RX 590. Besides gaming, all these cards support hardware based H265/HEVC and 4K H264 Encoding and Decoding for Video Editing and Rendering.

  GTX 1660 GTX 1660 SUPER GTX 1660 Ti RX 590
DirectX 12 12 12 12
OpenGL 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.6
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes Yes
SLI / CrossFire NA NA NA CrossFire
VR Ready Yes Yes Yes Yes
G-Sync / FreeSync G-Sync / FreeSync G-Sync / FreeSync G-Sync / FreeSync FreeSync

Gaming Performance

Here are some gaming performance benchmarks of these cards at 1080p and 1440p in latest AAA and popular games.

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From the above benchmarks, we can see that the fastest card is the GTX 1660 Ti, while the GTX 1660 SUPER is only a tad slower than it. If we go by numbers, then GTX 1660 SUPER is around 3% to 6% slower than GTX 1660 Ti on average, and is about 10% to 12% faster than the plain GTX 1660. Also, GTX 1660 SUPER is around 13% faster (on average) than the Radeon RX 590.  

Power Consumption

GTX 1660, GTX 1660 SUPER and GTX 1660 Ti consumes almost the same amount of power and require only a 450W PSU. On the other hand, Radeon RX 590 is high on power consumption at 225W and requires a good 500W to 550W PSU for its proper working.

  GTX 1660 GTX 1660 SUPER GTX 1660 Ti RX 590
Power Consumption 120W 125W 120W 225W
Recommended PSU 450W 450W 450W 450W

Pricing & Availability

When it comes to pricing, then GTX 1660 retails at $219, and just over 10$, you can get the GTX 1660 SUPER at $229. The official retail price of GTX 1660 Ti stands at $279. The price of Radeon RX 590 fluctuates and you can get this card at around $220, as of now. It must be noted that different graphic card manufacturers offer various models of these cards and their prices vary based on the card’s cooler, overclocking, build quality and fancy additions such as RGB LED ligthing. You can check out the latest prices of these cards from the links given below.

Check GTX 1660 Price on Amazon

Check GTX 1660 SUPER Price on Amazon

Check GTX 1660 Ti Price on Amazon

Check RX 590 Price on Amazon

GTX 1660 SUPER vs GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1660 vs RX 590 Specifications

  GTX 1660 GTX 1660 SUPER GTX 1660 Ti RX 590
GPU Chip TU116 TU116 TU116 Polaris 30
CUDA Cores / Stream Processors 1408 CUDA Cores 1408 CUDA Cores 1536 CUDA Cores 2304 Stream Processors
GPU Architecture Turing Turing Turing Polaris
Memory Size 6GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit
Memory Speed 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 192 GB/s 336 GB/s 288 GB/s 256 GB/s
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0 PCI Express 3.0 PCI Express 3.0 PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12 12 12 12
OpenGL 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.6
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes Yes
SLI / CrossFire NA NA NA CrossFire
VR Ready Yes Yes Yes Yes
G-Sync / FreeSync G-Sync / FreeSync G-Sync / FreeSync G-Sync / FreeSync FreeSync
Power Consumption 120W 125W 120W 225W
Recommended PSU 450W 450W 450W 550W

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Final Thoughts

If I have to pick here, then I would certainly choose the newer GTX 1660 SUPER because it offers GTX 1660 Ti level of performance with much lesser price, and has similar power consumption. It beats the GTX 1660 and RX 590 comfortably and is equipped with the faster GDDR6 memory, and that is clocked at much higher speed. Basically, GTX 1660 SUPER is just a GTX 1660 with super fast GDDR6 memory with a slight bump in price, and makes a better value card compared to its major competitors. If you are still having doubts, regarding which card to choose from, then you can ask me them in the comment section below.

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  1. Yvon G Bechard November 10, 2019
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