I have just borrowed an MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super card and shared quickly with the performance of this card. It is considered a cheap solution for those who are looking to upgrade from GTX 1060 or GTX 1050 Ti without spending too much money. Nvidia priced the GTX 1650 Super series under $ 200 while the GTX 1660 Super will be under $ 250. However, the borrowed MSI Gaming GTX 1660 Super card is priced at about 8 million, still not at the "dream" price as Nvidia says.
Nvidia does not make Founders Edition versions of the GTX 16 series, so this popular GPU line is only sold with 3rd party OEM solutions like the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming. It should be noted that in addition to the GTX 1660 Supe Gaming, MSI also has another Gaming X version with the main difference in GPU clock speed, the rest from the external design to the internal configuration are the same.
This card, in my opinion, is quite beautiful, it is true that Nvidia's "gas stove" is still appreciated in terms of aesthetics and perfection, but OEM cards are always superior in terms of parameter customization as well as Thermal solution. (I like the comic book guide that comes with this card too, both cute and easy to understand: 3).
On the GTX 1660 Super Gaming, MSI equips it with Twin Frozr 7 cooling system with 2 Torx Fan 3 fans with a fancy design to optimize the airflow, reduce air turbulence, thereby diffusing the heat more effectively for The heatsink system is quite thick below.
The backplate is reinforced with anti-sag metal, the fact that the card is still not too heavy to sag when attached to the PCIe x16 slot but in general it makes the card better quality, worth the money we spend.
8-pin power jack does not change compared to non-Super GTX 1660.
The rear output ports include 3 DisplayPort and 1 HDMI port, too full for multi-monitor needs.
Specifications of MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming:
- GPU: TU116-300 1408 CUDA cores, 88 TMU, 32 ROP;
- Boost Boost: 1785 MHz;
- VRAM: GDDR6 14 Gbps;
- VRAM capacity: 6 GB;
- Memory bus width: 192-bit;
- TDP: 125 W.
I also attached a comparison table of specifications for the popular segment graphics cards for easy comparison. It can be seen that the GTX 1660 Super is basically only upgraded by Nvidia to GDDR6 memory. The advantage of this memory is that its clock speed or speed is higher, the GDDR6 version on the GTX 1660 Super has a speed of 14 Gbps while the GDDR5 on the GTX 1660 not Super is only 8 Gbps. With constant bus width (192-bit), from here we can calculate the bandwidth of GDDR6 on GTX 1660 Super is 336 GB / s while GDDR5 on GTX 1660 non-Super is 192 GB / s. Memory bandwidth as well as memory speed are very important things that affect the graphics processing power of the GPU and thus determine the graphics settings that you can play.
You probably remember the story of the famous GTX 950M DDR3 and GTX 950M GDDR5 on gaming laptops about 3 or 4 years ago. Although the same GPU, GDDR5 memory then brought 25% higher performance than DDR3. The same goes for GDDR6 and GDDR5, Nvidia said the performance of GTX 1660 Super with GDDR6 is 1.5 times higher than that of GTX 1660 without Super GDDR5.
Another difference is that the TDP of the GTX 1660 Super is higher than the Super 5 W. version. This heat dissipation level does not reflect the power consumption of the card, but with a higher thermal ceiling, it is possible to imagine GTX 1660 Super will have can achieve higher clock rate than non-Super version as well as higher than expected Boost level if the heat dissipation solution is good enough.
Quick test some games:
I quickly tested this card with a few games and here are the results. I was surprised because this card can pull many AAA games at 2K resolution, High graphics with a frame rate of 60 fps. The test configuration is as follows:
- CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K, 8 cores 16 threads, OC 5 GHz all core;
- GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming 6 GB GDDR6;
- MOBO: Gigabyte AORUS Z390 Pro Wi-Fi;
- RAM: 2 x G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200 CL15;
- SSD: WD Black 256 GB (OS) + WD Black 2 TB (Game);
- PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850 W 80 Gold;
- Case: Corsair Carbide 175R;
- Test conditions: Room temperature 27 degrees C, airflow 3 rad fans + 1 rear fan and 2 140 mm fans on top of the container, sealed.
Such as with PUBG, you can find yourself easily playing at 2K with Ultra settings, the frame rate is quite stable at 60 – 65 fps. While just down to High graphics, the frame rate was over 90 fps. So for those of you using a monitor with a refresh rate above 120 Hz, you can play at High graphics to get this frame rate. Next is the game Shadow of the Tomb's Raider, at 2K, graphics Highest, this game achieved an average frame rate of 53 fps and when adjusted to FHD resolution, leaving Highest graphics, the frame rate was above 60 fps, so playing sweet in FHD with max graphics settings. The Division 2 is a bit difficult for the GTX 1660 Super at 2K resolution, Ultra graphics when it only gives a frame rate of 40 fps, not enough to experience a good third-person shooter. High, the frame rate was over 60 fps. With FHD resolution, Ultra graphics, the frame rate at 67 fps and High graphics at 95 fps average. This is a DX12 game, very nice and detailed graphics, Turing architecture optimized for DX12 better than Pascal because I used to use GTX 1080 Gaming X to pull The Divison 2 at 2K and High graphics but the frame is high. It is only equivalent to the GTX 1660 Super. A very new game I put in this test is Ghost Recon Breakpoint – this year's AAA game lang bomb according to personal assessment. . This game is well invested in terms of graphics and effects. This game still uses DX11 but is lighter than Ghost Recon Wildlands. I tested GTX 1660 Super with 4 settings on resolution and graphics, the results above: 2K, Very High averaged 67 fps, 2K, High averaged 75 fps and FHD, Very High got 87 fps, FHD, High is 99 fps. Very impressed with the heavy gaming capability of the GTX 1660 Super.
3DMark and a little comparison with other card versions:
Through quick tests and 3DMark, I think that the GTX 1660 Super provides a performance similar to that of the 10-generation Pascal GTX 1070.
I also tested the heat and pulse of this card and the overall point in the Super series is cooler. The stress test Furmark max settings at 2K of GTX 1660 Super are only 64-65 degrees Celsius while the maximum pulse is maintained at 1890 MHz. When gaming sometimes the clock is pushed to 1905 MHz but not maintained at this level.
Stress test Time Spy, MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming passes this test with a rate of over 97%, all parameters such as pulse and heat are very stable. Thus, the Twin Frozr 7 cooling system on this card has done a good job of keeping the GPU stable at an ideal temperature of 65 degrees C. In fact, with this heat ceiling, I think it can OC It works on MS Afterburner, but I don't have time to test it.
Speaking of which, you must have your answers . This card is enough for you to experience many AAA games in high graphics at both FHD and 2K resolution with a frame rate above 60 fps. This is what surprised me the most. Calculating the price of this card is not cheap as expected, $ 250 should be about 6 million, but yesterday I checked this GTX 1660 Super version, there is 1 page posted for 7-8 million (today I found it again) but this is probably the price of the GTX 1660 Super in Vietnam because the non-Super GTX 1660 also has 6 to 7 million depending on the brand, the GTX 1660 Ti is on 8. In general if you I have not bought GTX 1660, so wait and see, if you are using GTX 1660, then try to test the same games with your difference. I will borrow a GTX 1660 to clarify this .