PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB XLR8

Ventilation 1 Fan
GPU clock 1500 MHZ
GPU Boost 1815 MHZ
I / O 1xDP; 1xHDMI, 1xDVI
Memory 6 GB
Power consumption 125 W
Recommended power supply 450 W

The PNY GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 makes the prelude in our comparison as the cheapest model. Here you get a mid-range GPU with which the latest games run in Full HD at maximum details and a low price. Although GTX is in the name, the 1660 Ti doesn’t use the Pascal architecture found in cards like the GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. Instead, the GTX 1660 Ti uses Nvidia’s new Turing architecture, known as “TU116”.

Although there are no fancy functions such as ray tracing or tensor processors for DLSS, the ray-tracing function should also be available on the 1660 Ti in the future via a driver update.

This model from PNY is a very compact version so that it fits into a Micro-ATX housing without problems (possibly even mITX). Even if there is only one active fan here, that does not mean that the card is getting too hot. Especially in terms of gaming performance, the small model surprises with strong performance and can easily outperform the old GTX 1060 and keep up with the GTX 1070 and RTX 2060 in terms of frames.

Sure, the GTX 1660 Ti is a graphics card for Full HD, but Techradar got games like Resident Evil 2 and Anthem to run at 4K and ultra details at 30FPS with the PNY XLR8.

Overall, the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 OC is a fantastic graphics card at a reasonable price, albeit with a few compromises in cooling, design, and overclocking, and the volume of the individual fans.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature under load: 72 ° C
  • Volume: No exact information available
  • 3D Mark Time Spy  Benchmark (Non-OC): 6502
Pros
  • Good price
  • Very compact
  • Solid performance for the price
Cons
  • Cooling not the best
  • Limited OC potential
  • Fan a bit louder

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Twin Fan

Ventilation 2 Fans
GPU clock 1500 MHZ
GPU Boost 1770 MHZ
I / O 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Memory 6 GB
Power consumption 122 W
Recommended power supply 450 W

If you’re looking for one of the quietest cards in the series, then be sure to check out the Twin Fan by Zotac. The Zotac Twin Fan in a completely black plastic housing is slightly longer than the two recommendations above but slightly narrower. Two fans sit in the middle above the heat sink and provide the necessary air circulation, but unfortunately, the backplate is also missing here.

Zotac’s aluminum heat sink uses a copper base and three heat pipes to keep the card cool. The slightly curved fan blades are supposed to optimize the static pressure and airflow, which works well, but the card gets a bit warmer under load than the other models from our comparison.

This is possibly due to the lower fan speed, especially since the card runs extremely quietly under load. So if you don’t mind that a little more heat and you are just looking for the quietest GTX 1660 Ti, then you’ll drive well with the Zotac.

In any case, the 1660 Ti from Zotac does slightly better in benchmarks and gaming performance than our first two recommendations. Monster Hunter World can easily get to 66 (FHD) and 40 FPS (WQHD). In Farcry 5, you get 94 and 70 FPS.

If you are looking for a compact and, at the same time, smooth-running GTX 1660 Ti with two fans, you will certainly not be disappointed by this Zotac card.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 74 ° C
  • Volume : Idle 28 dBA, under load 30 dBA
  • Overclocking: Performance increase of 10% possible in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 6579
Pros
  • Extremely quiet under load
  • Cheap
  • Energy efficient
Cons
  • Problems with manual overclocking
  • No backplate
  • A little warmer under load

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X

Ventilation 2 Fans
GPU clock 1500 MHZ
GPU Boost 1875 MHZ
I / O 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Memory 6 GB
Power consumption 116 W
Recommended power supply 450 W

With the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X, we are entering the high-end segment of this series of graphics cards. With the high boost rate, elegant design, top performance, many extras, and good cooling, you get a lot for your money here.

MSI is also using an updated TWIN FROZR 7 cooler here, which uses two 9 cm TORX 3.0 fans. This combines the advantages of conventional and dispersion fan blades to generate an enormous airflow. The new coverings of the fan blades generate a concentrated airflow for higher air pressure and, at the same time, reduce noise. As you can see from the numbers below, this principle works both in volume and cooling.

Apart from the casual gray gunmetal look, you get a high-quality metal backplate and beautiful RGB lighting, configured via MSI Mystic Light.

Demanding games like Metro Exodus run with ultra-details and FHD resolution with 47 FPS, Witcher 3 runs with the same settings with a smooth 92 FPS (and can keep up with a Vega 56). You can also easily play on WQHD resolution here, but you have to adjust the details a bit with some titles.

The Gaming X Edition was developed with price performance in mind and is only a few more expensive than the reference card. Definitely a top card with good cooling, solid performance, and low volume. If you are looking for a really stylish GTX 1660 Ti with a good factory overclock, you will find it with the MSI Gaming X.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 65 ° C
  • Volume : idle 29 dBA, under load 37 dBA
  • Overclocking: 2030 ~ 2070 MHz are possible, the performance increase of up to 8% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 6702
Pros
  • Good cooling performance
  • Strong gaming performance
  • High quality design with nice extras
Cons
  • A bit expensive

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC

Ventilation 3 Fans
GPU clock 1500 MHZ
GPU Boost 1860 MHZ
I / O 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Memory 6 GB
Power consumption 116 W
Recommended power supply 450 W

Although the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G from Gigabyte is not the flagship of this series (the Aorus version is clocked slightly higher again), it offers the best price-performance. Good cooling, a generously high-performance limit, and RGB lighting, including backplate, offer you a good overall package.

From the front, Gigabytes Gaming OC looks very similar to its big brothers from the RTX 2060 and 2070 series, especially since they are all more than 28 cm long, 11.3 cm wide, and 3.9 cm thick. Much of this design’s added length is due to the familiar Windforce 3X cooler that protrudes from the rear edge of the circuit board. Of course, this cooling solution can handle the 120W of the GTX 1660 Ti more than well. However, the 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G uses “only” three heat pipes for the heat sink, while the RTX 2060 uses four. Practical: The three 80mm fans come to a complete standstill when idling, so you have complete peace outside of gaming.

Although you get a backplate here, it is, unfortunately, only made of plastic. For the price, we would have expected something noble like the MSI Gaming X. The RGB also only has an illuminated Gigabyte logo; MSI is ahead here too.

All in all, Gigabyte has fully focused on the performance of this graphics card, and you get it. The cooling is good, but we would have wanted a bit more for three fans. If you want it to be a 1660 Ti from Gigabyte, you can alternatively have a look at the flagship, the Aorus version, which puts another shovel on top.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 65 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0-29 dBA, under load 38 dBA
  • Overclocking: 2050 Mhz, performance increase of 6-11% in games possible
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 6883
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Good OC potential
  • Good cooling with 3x fan design
Cons
  • A bit louder under load despite 3 fans
  • In terms of price only in the midfield
  • Very clunky

ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1660 Ti OC

Ventilation 3 Fans
GPU clock 1530 MHZ
GPU Boost 1890 MHZ
I / O 2xDP; 2xHDMI
Memory 6 GB
Power consumption 131 W
Recommended power supply 450 W

If you want a perfect all-rounder with the best cooling in the 1660 Ti series, then the ROG Strix OC from Asus is your model. This Oschi is the flagship of ASUS and comes with all kinds of features. The card has a large triple-fan with a large cooler, RGB support, a dual BIOS, a metal backplate, and a high factory overclocking. You also get two 4-pin PWM fan headers for synchronizing your case fans and an RGB header for connecting other RGB components.

However, all of these features come with a very high price, which is unfortunately often too high (sometimes so expensive that you could get yourself an RTX 2060). 

The large ASUS heatsink uses three long heat pipes and three axial fans to keep the card cool (and is certainly one of the largest in the series). Due to the perfect cooler, you have a lot of overclocking potential here, which you should use to get the maximum benefit from it.

The overly large heat sink and fan make this model more than twice the size of the PNY GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC and most other versions of the GTX 1660 Ti. Asus claims this card can deliver 140% more airflow than other models equipped with conventional blade fans. All of this ultimately results in a graphics card that can achieve higher clock speeds while staying nice and cool.

Unfortunately, this card’s price performance depends on how well you can overclock it, as it simply cannot keep up with the RTX 2060 with the default settings because this much more powerful GPU WITH ray tracing is already available for a few euros more. Alternatively, the slightly lower clocked ” Advanced Version ” of the ROG Strix, which is 20-40 euros cheaper.

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 58 ° C
  • Volume : idle 29 dBA, under load 32 dBA
  • Overclocking: 2034 Mhz, performance increase of 9% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 6734
Pros
  • Very quiet
  • Coolest GTX 1660 Ti
  • Top performance with most of the features
Cons
  • Extremely chunky
  • Extremely expensive (often too expensive – wait here for it to be lowered)