Stronger, more beautiful, cheaper, MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X puts an end to those who are still attached to GTX 1060 – the name that has occupied the title of "national card" in gamers for a while. long.
The mid-range segment is always the "fat" piece that graphic card brands are comparing each other bit by bit to take over. After all, not everyone can afford to invest in these massive 2K, 4K gaming systems, but just play smoothly in Full HD resolution with high graphics settings and still be able to fully experience it. My favorite game. The GeForce GTX 1060 did very well for a long time, but those days have come to an end, with the introduction of GTX 1660 cards.
The main character in VnReview's article today is MSI's GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X, a brand from Taiwan that is very familiar to Vietnamese gamers. Priced at VND7.5 million, GTX 1660 Gaming X is even cheaper than 1060 Gaming X at the time of its debut, and that's just one of the many reasons why GTX 1660 Gaming X is superior choice in all aspects.
Card parameters on GPU-Z tool
Special pit design, inheriting many features from RTX 2060 Gaming Z
Boxed specifications of the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X are almost no different from other MSI graphics cards. On the front we have product images, along with some information such as product name and outstanding technology. It should be noted that the GTX 1660 series does not have RT and Tensor cores like RTX flagships, so this card will not have new technologies such as real-time Ray Tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling).
On the back of the box is more detailed information about heat dissipation technology on the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X, as well as minimal configuration. The most important thing for users to consider is that this card requires a minimum power supply of 450W.
Inside the box, in addition to our main character, there are a number of accessories such as manuals, driver installation discs and editing software, a cardboard MSI plate, a Lucky the Dragon comic book.
Overview of the design, the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X inherited the RTX 2060 Gaming Z design from the older man, which is superior to the mainstream dark gray tones instead of 1060 Gaming X. It measures 247 x 127 x 46 mm. , The GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X looks pretty neat, can fit into a mid-tower case or a smaller HTPC.
Cooling technology on MSI's GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X is MSI's Twin Frozr 7, which includes two Torx 3.0 fans with an aerodynamic part to propel the wind better. Below these two rotors is the heatsink structure with three large (6mm) radiator tubes. According to MSI, Twin Frozr 7 gives 13% better heat dissipation efficiency than the previous generation.
GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X is equipped with a gray scratched aluminum backplate with MSI's dragon logo that looks quite cool. According to the writer, this backplate plate is only to protect the back for card and decoration is the main, there is not much effect on heat dissipation ability.
Above the product is the familiar MSI logo, Twin Frozr 7 and Nvidia's GeForce GTX brand name. The GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X needs an extra 8 pin power source to work.
Flip below and we have a very "big lean" radiator.
Regarding the connector, the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X removed the old DVI port, only three DisplayPort v1.4 ports and one HDMI 2.0b port, no support for NVLink or VirtualLink.
When booting the system, there will be three areas of the card lit up with RGB LED, including the logo on the top, two strip lights above the heat sink fan and two strips at the bottom. These lights give the light enough, which makes your system more "sparkling", and you can synchronize with other MSI products and adjust it through the Mystic Light software included in Dragon. Center.
Dragon Center is the software that comes with the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X, allowing you to monitor and adjust the performance of your video card. The "G" on the left-hand side of the software is a fast-activated gaming mode button, and we have two more modes: Silent (OC) and OC (overclocking) and two custom profiles.
MSI also has another popular software, Afterburner, that allows you to customize everything on your card, from clock speed, power input, temperature limit, etc. It is more convenient if MSI can integrate too. This software goes into Dragon Center like Mystic Light.
Performance meets expectation, cool operation
To test the performance of MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X, VnReview uses the system including:
CPU: Intel Core i5-8400
Graphic card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix B360-G Gaming
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB DDR4-2666 16GB
Storage: Colorful SL500 1TB
Source: Antec EDGE750 80 Plus Gold
Radiators: Corsair Hydro H100i RGB Platinum SE
Case: Vitra NEFERTITI X9
OS: Windows 10 1903 64 bit
– 3D Mark
– Fire Strike: Benchmark Posts DirectX 11 emulates playing Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) games
– Fire Strike Extreme: Benchmark Posts Directx 11 emulates gaming 2K resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels)
– Time Spy: Benchmark Posts DirectX 12 emulates gaming 2K resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels)
– Unigine Valley: Measuring the ability to process graphics in scenes with different effects
– Battlefield V
– Far Cry 5
– Final Fantasy XV
– Hitman 2
– Metro: Exodus
– Electric used
First, in the performance benchmark articlesVnReview will compare GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X when it comes to the basic clock with the GTX 1060 Gaming X siblings and 6GB of memory. The score shows that the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X has a better performance, especially in the Time Spy benchmark – emulating DirectX 12 games at a resolution of 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels). When overclocked, the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X score also improved significantly.
About gaming performance, VnReview will measure and compare the number of frames per second (FPS) of GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X when overclocking with Dragon Center and not overclocking (except Final Fantasy XV uses the available benchmark tool of this game will be based on performance points). The titles selected by VnReview are the most demanding hardware names today, set the highest level of graphics, turn off the vertical sync (V-Sync), Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) ).
When overclocked, the performance of GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X in Final Fantasy XV increased from fairly high to High.
Hitman 2 game before and after overclocking
Far Cry 5 before and after overclocking
Battlefield V before and after overclocking
And Metro: Exodus
The results showed that the good GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X "weighed in" almost every game, except Metro Exodus. This is understandable, as the game requires the RTX 2080 Ti to be able to play smoothly in the Extreme setting, and Metro Exodus itself is not well optimized. The GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X can be "dragged" to 22 FPS is not bad at all. When overclocked, FPS can add up to 5-7 FPS depending on the game.
According to MSI, GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X has TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 130W. This is also evident when VnReview measured by specialized tools.
Power consumption when the system is in a resting state
Power is consumed when the full graphics card load is equal to Furmark
The efficient Twin Frozr 7 radiator system works as expected. The test system of VnReview is a closed case, placed in a room without air conditioning, inside the case consists of 3 LED fans with negligible cooling performance, 2 fans of AIO water dispenser plays the role of drawing air into the case . When the machine is idle (Idle), the case temperature fluctuates in the range of 40-42 degrees.
Maximum temperature is only about 72-73 degrees Celsius
When squeezing the card for maximum load with Furmark, VnReview monitors and concludes that the maximum temperature of GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X is only 72-73 degrees Celsius. In the default setting, the card's cooling fan only runs when temperature exceeding 60 degrees C.
As you can see, the GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X is a completely worthwhile upgrade for the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X. The better performance, better heat dissipation and, most importantly, cheaper price, GTX 1060 Gaming X converges almost every element to become the next "national card". The biggest minus point is probably the cost, when the card is more expensive than other competitors with the GTX 1660 series, but this has always been a feature of Gaming X so far.
So who is GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X for? If you're using the GTX 1060, the difference may not be much, if you upgrade from GTX 1050 or below, MSI's GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X will definitely be an option "worth the money."