When Nvidia announced their 20 series of RTX graphics cards, many in the community thought that this meant the end for their widely popular and successful Geforce GTX line of graphics cards. Then, in an unexpected move, not too long after the RTX brand was launched, Nvidia released a successor of sorts in the Geforce GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 TI. Both cards were aimed at the budget market, ranging between $250 and $300 depending on the model and offered excellent price to performance. Now, Nvidia is giving budget gamers even more options with the release of the Geforce GTX 1660 Super. The focus of this review will be on the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 Super Gaming OC.
The Gaming OC 6GB is Gigabyte’s variant of the Geforce GTX 1660 Super. At the heart of the 1660 Super Gaming OC is Nvidia’s TU116 GPU with 1408 Cuda Cores, cooled by Gigabytes Windforce 3X cooler. The 1660 Super Gaming OC comes with 6GB GDDR6 running on a 192-bit memory interface. The base clock of the 1660 Super Gaming OC is 1860 MHz, up from 1785 MHz on the reference card. But with how demanding modern games are, is the GTX 1660 Super enough to get the job done on modern games? We ran the 1660 super from Gigabyte through our suite of games to try and answer that exact question.
- Graphics Processing GeForce® GTX 1660 SUPER™
- Core Clock 1830 MHz (Reference Card: 1785 MHz)
- CUDA® Cores 1408
- Memory Clock 14000 MHz
- Memory Size 6 GB
- Memory Type GDDR6
- Memory Bus 192 bit
- Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 336 GB/s
- Card Bus PCI-E 3.0 x 16
- Digital max resolution 7680×4320@60Hz
- Multi-view 4
- Card size L=225.65 W=122.02 H=40.5 mm
- PCB Form ATX
- DirectX 12
- OpenGL 4.6
- Recommended PSU 450W
- Power Connectors 8 Pin*1
- Output DisplayPort 1.4 *3
HDMI 2.0b *1
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Packaging and Unboxing
The packaging for the 1660 Super has the Gigabyte logo printed on the top left-hand corner on the front of the box. In the middle of the box is the distinct robotic eye logo synonymous with Gigabyte products. On the bottom right corner is the Geforce GTX logo we all know and love, followed by the 1660 Super product branding. On the bottom right we find the Gaming OC 6G branding. Below that are badges that represent the ket features of the Gigabyte 1660 Super. These features include RGB Fusion 2.0 compatibility, Gigabyte’s Windforce cooler, and the OC edition, meaning the card is factory overclocked.
The back of the box for the Gigabyte 1660 Super has depictions of a few of the key features of the card. At the top left is an image and brief description of the Windforce 3X cooling system. This includes an image of how the alternating fans work on the Windforce 3X cooler, as well as an image of where the copper heat pipes make contact with the GPU. Next, there is a picture of where the RGB lighting is on the side of the Gigabyte 1660 Super. There is also an image of the protective backplate on the 1660 Super. The last thing of note is a diagram of the I/O on the Gigabyte 1660 Super.
Internally, the Gigabyte 1660 Super come packed in a plain black box, with the Gigabyte logo displayed in the center of the box, and nothing else. When opened, there is another thin black box with the Gigabyte logo in the center. This thin box contains the paperwork that comes packed with the Gigabyte 1660 Super.
The accessories that come with the Gigabyte 1660 Super consist of a graphics card quick start guide, as well as a driver disk. The Gigabyte 1660 Super comes in an anti-static plastic bag and packed in a soft foam cut out. I’m a big fan of soft foam, especially when it comes to the graphics card. I feel the soft foam offers optimal protection.
Now that the card is unpacked, its time to take a closer look at the Gigabyte 1660 Super.
A Closer Look at the Gigabyte 1660 Super
The Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super has 1408 Cuda cores running at a base clock of 1830 MHz. Being the OC Edition of the Gigabyte 1660 Super, the base clock is factory overclocked to 1830 MHz, up from 1785 MHz on the reference card. The 1660 Super has 6 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit memory interface with a memory bandwidth of 336 GB/s. The Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super does have RGB lighting on the side in the form of the Gigabyte logo. The 1660 Super offers support for RGB Fision 2.0 and can synchronize with other AORUS devices, as well as other RGB Fusion 2.0 compatible devices.
Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING OC 6G card features Gigabyte’s Windforce 3X cooling system. The Windforce 3X cooler is made up of three alternate spinning, 80mm blades with a very unique design. One of the biggest downside to a triple-fan cooler is turbulent airflow. Turbulent airflow occurs on either side of the center fan when air from the end fans collide with air from the center fans. This greatly cuts down on heat dissipation. With alternate spinning fans, there is smooth airflow between fans, offering better heat dissipation.
Due to the unique design on the fan blades on the 160 Super, The airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge, then moved through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, increasing the airflow and helping to dissipate heat more efficiently. The Gigabyte 1660 Super comes equipped with a 3D active fan. The 3D active fan provides semi-passive cooling to the GPU. Essentially, the fans will remain off until the GPU hits a specific temperature or load. These settings can be set in the Aorus Engine where you can also change the RGB lighting and set fan curves.
The front of the Gigabyte 1660 Super is a two-toned shroud, black with gray accents. Each of the three fans is black, with the Gigabyte logo displayed in the center of each fan. The Gigabyte 1660 Super has a protective backplate that has the same black and gray color scheme. The Gigabyte logo is displayed predominantly in the center in gray lettering. The backplate not only meant protects the back of the PCB. It also helps with the rigidity of the card. This helps prevent the card from sagging over time due to its weight. Given, the Gigabyte 1660 Super isn’t that heavy of a card, its still a nice touch. The backplate also adds to the overall aesthetic of the Gigabyte 1660 Super.
The Gigabyte 1660 Super has the Gigabyte logo in the center of the top edge. The Gigabyte logo is illuminated by RGB lighting. Like with other Gigabyte products, the Gigabyte 1660 Super has support for RGB Fusion 2.0. There, you can adjust the RGB lighting on the Gigabyte 1660 Super. In RGB Fusion 2.0, there are five presets for the Gigabyte 1660 Super. These settings are Color Cycle, Consistent, Flash, Double Flash, and Breathing. The Consistent setting allows you to set the RGB lighting on your Gigabyte 1660 Super to one of 16.7 million colors. To the right is the Geforce GTX logo, as well as a single 8-pin power connector. The bottom of the card has the traditional PCIe X16 connection.
The shroud covers the entire rear of the card. This adds extra protection to the heatsink and PCB. Due to the alternating fans on the Gigabyte 1660 Super, the Gigabyte 1660 Super exhausts heat out the top, bottom and front of the card. So, having the end opposite the IO closed off shouldn’t affect the cooling performance of the card. Also, aesthetically, it looks great. The front IO of the Gigabyte 1660 Super consists of a single HDMI 2.0 port and three DisplayPort 1.4 ports. Above the ports, the IO bracket is vented to help increase airflow.
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A Closer Look at the Gigabyte 1660 Super – Internals
Like with any other graphics card review we do at Modders-Inc, we disassembled the Gigabyte 1660 Super to get a closer look at not only the PCB and GPU dye but also the heatsink at the heart of the Windforce 3X cooler. To remove the Windofrce 3X cooler, there are a series of six screws on the backplate. Four of these screws are placed at the four corners of the GPU itself. These four screws each have a small spring affixed to them. When reassembling the graphics card, these springs help to prevent you from over-tightening the screws and potentially damaging the GPU. The other two screws are located to the left of the GPU screws.
Once disassembled, there are two cables four-pin headers that you must unplug. One of these cables powers the fans, the other powers the RGB lighting on the side of the Gigabyte 1660 Super. The GPU dye makes contact with three composite heat-pipes. In addition to the GPU, there are cold plates for both the VRAM and MOSFETs as well. Also, the fins on the area of the heatsink that touch the chokes are flattened. This gives more contact surface area to the thermal pads covering the chokes, helping to dissipate more heat.
The cold plate for the VRAM is attached to a much thicker plate that surrounds the three composite heat-pipes that make direct contact with the GPU dye. The actual fins that make up the heatsink are cut at several different heights throughout the length of the cooler. This allows for maximum points of contact between the cooler and the components on the PCB that produce heat. This is part of the reason why the Windforce 3X cooler is so efficient at dissipating heat.
As we’ve mentioned a few times now, the Gigabyte 1660 Super or the Windforce 3X cooler uses composite heat-pipes. Above is a diagram of how these heat-pipes work. Essentially, the composite heat-pipe combines thermal conductivity and phase transition to transfer heat between two solid interfaces. This greatly increases cooling capacity and efficiency, helping to keep your graphics card running cool, even under a heavy load.
The Gigabyte 1660 Super has thermal pads that cover the memory, chokes, and MOSFETs on the PCB. The thermal pads are used to help dissipate heat from the memory and power delivery.
The Gigabyte 1660 Super is an Ultra Durable certified VGA card. This means the Gigabyte 1660 Super uses Ultra Durable certified metal chokes and solid capacitors. In addition, the Gigabyte 1660 Super has 2 ounces of copper built into the PCB, uses tier 1 memory and lower Rds(on) MOSFET. This means that less power is going to be lost across the MOSFET, making the card more efficient and producing less heat. The 3+2 power phase on the reference card has been beefed up to a 4+2 power phase on the Gigabyte 1660 Super Gaming OC. The 4+2 power phase allows the MOSFET to run at a lower temperature. In addition, each MOSFET has both load protection and over-temperature protection built-in.
The Gigabyte 1660 Super is based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture and built on its 12 NM process. The heart of the card is based on their TU116 GPU. To be exact, TU116-300-A1 the number engraved on the GPU dye. As for the VRAM, its made by Micron and stamped with 9PA77 D9WCW with D9WCW being the FBGA code for the module. For the spec sheet on this GDDR6 VRAM, go to this page: https://www.micron.com/products/graphics-memory/gddr6/part-catalog/mt61k256m32je-14.
Now that our Gigabyte 1660 Super Gaming OC is reassembled, its time to get into the actual performance of this card.
Test System and Testing Procedures
All testing was done with both the CPU (9700k) and GPU at their stock settings. For the I7 9700k, it was left at its stock speed of 3.6 GHz. Although the base clock is 3.6 GHz, the I7-9700k can boost up to 4.9 GHz. In the case of our I7-9700k, it boosts between 4.7 GHz and 4.9 GHz. Usually, the I7-9700k used in this review runs at a consistent 4.7 GHz. Ambient temperature is kept as close to 20°c (68°f) as possible. When the system was first turned on, it sat idles for about 30 minutes or so before any benchmarks were run or results recorded. We waited in between each benchmark no less than 30 minutes to give the system time to cool down a bit. Being an open-air system, it does cool down pretty quickly. The I7-9700k used in this review is water-cooled on a custom loop and the GPU used its stock air cooler. The block is the EK Velocity water block. There is a single 360 x 60 mm EK radiator in the loop and a 280 ml reservoir and a D5 pump.
||Product Name||Provided By|
|Processor||Intel Core I7-9700k||Retail Purchase|
|Motherboard||Z390 AORUS Pro||Gigabyte|
|Memory||16 GB AORUS RGB Memory 3200 MHz CAS 16 (2 x 8GB)||Gigabyte|
|Drive||Crucial P1 500 GB NVMe M.2 SSD||Crucial|
|Video Card||Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 Super Gaming OC 6G||Gigabyte|
|Monitor||LG 27UL500-W 27″ 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz||Retail Purchase|
|Case||Thermaltake Core P5||Retail Purchase|
|Power Supply||1600 Watt EVGA SuperNova Ps 80+ Platinum Power Supply||EVGA|
|Operating System||Windows 10 x64 Pro with latest patches and updates|
For games, we test eight titles. The games we test are Battlefield V, Deus Ex: Mankind divided, Far Cry 5, Final Fantasy XV, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of War and the Witcher 3. Each game is tested in three resolutions. These resolutions are 1080p, 1440p and 4k. The benchmarks are run three times and each run is three minutes long. The final result is the average of the three runs. Games are played on a 27″ LG 4k 60 Hz monitor. For synthetic benchmarks, we used the following; 3DMARK Time Spy Extreme, 3DMARK Firestrike Ultra, VRMARK Orange Room, VRMARK Cyan Room, VRMARK Blue Room, and Unigine Superposition. In Superposition, we ran the 4k Optimized and 8K Optimized tests.
For comparison, we’ve added in our results doe the MSI Gaming X 1660 TI, The Zotac RTX 2060 AMP, AMD Radeon RX 5700XT, and the MSI RTX 2060 Ventus. Now, keep in mind, the other cards were tested on different drivers, and some with a different processor, the I7-8700k instead of the I7-9700k which we recently switched to using on our standard test bench.
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Battlefield V is a first-person shooter EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield V is the latest game in the Battlefield series. Battlefield V takes place during World War 2. It has both a single-player and an online portion. For this review, we tested part of Battlefield V single-player, War Stories. The section that was tested was the second act of the Nordlys War Story. You play a young woman who is part of the Norwegian resistance whose mission it is to save her mother and help destroy a key component the Germans need to complete their atomic bomb. For benchmarking purposes, we ran the same section of the game for each resolution. This being the very beginning of the Nordly’s section on the single-player campaign.
The Gigabyte 1660 Super did rather well in keeping up with more powerful cards on Battlefield V. Being the lowest end of the pack of cards we tested, I had expected it to fall a bit behind the other card. In both 1080p and 4k resolutions, I was right. However, in 1440p, Our Gigabyte 1660 Super did beat out the MSI Gaming X 1660 TI by a few frames averaging 69 FPS in 1440p. In 1080p, our Gigabyte 1660 Super averaged 88 FPs and averaged just below playable in 4k with an average of 28 FPS in 4k. In fact, it also beat out the 2060 Amp and the 2060 Ventus. But we have to keep in mind, both 2060s were tested with a different processor, the I7-8700k. The results were added in to give our readers a rough estimation of how this card stacks up.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing game with first-person shooter and stealth mechanics that released in 2016. Set two years after Human Revolution in 2029, the world is divided between normal humans and those with advanced, controversial artificial organs called augmentations. You take up the role of Adam Jensen, a double agent for the hacker group Juggernaut Collective, who are equipped with the latest and most advanced augmentation technology. This game is beautiful and still very demanding on your system. The section benchmarked was near the beginning of the game, after the tutorial.
Deus Ex: Mankind divided was yet another game that our Gigabyte 1660 Super did best overall in 1440p resolution, again beating out the MSI Gaming X 1660 ti. I was surprised that the averages for 1080p and 1440p were so close. However, each game was tested three times and the average was taken of the three runs. In 1080p, Our 1660 Super averaged 60 FPS in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The results for 1440p were not that far behind
Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 is the latest in the far cry series. It takes place in the fictional Hope County Montana. You play the role of the un-named deputy who’s sent to arrest Joseph Seed, the leader of the dangerous Edens Gate Cult. However, things do not go as planned and you spend the game trapped in Hope County attempting to take out Joseph and the rest of his family as they attempt to take over the entire county. Far Cry 5 was released in 2018. Ubisoft has developed a beautiful open world with amazing visuals. However, the game is very demanding on even the most powerful systems. This game was tested with the in-game benchmark, as well as near the beginning of the game when you first leave the bunker owned by Dutch as you attempt to clear his island of cult members.
The vast open-world of Fary Cry 5 is demanding on even the best systems. Our Gigabyte 1660 Super did rather well in Far Cry 5. In 1080p, the Gigabyte 1660 Super averaged 118 frames per second. In 1440p, the Gigabyte 1660 Super averaged well over 60 FPS with an average of 79 frames per second. My biggest surprise was our 4K results for Far Cry 5. Given, I prefer playing at higher frame rates. However, for reviews, I do consider 30 FPS and above playable. In Far Cry 5, the Gigabyte 1660 Super averaged 39 frames per second.
Final Fantasy XV
Fans of the Final Fantasy series waited well over a decade for this game to release. Final Fantasy XV is an open-world action role-playing game. You play as the main protagonist Noctis Lucis Caelum during his journey across the world of Eos. Final Fantasy XV was developed and published by Square Enix as part of the long-running Final Fantasy series that first started on the original NES back in the late 1980s. The section that was benchmarked was the first section near the start of the game, where there was actual combat.
In Final Fantasy XV, our Gigabyte 1660 Super remained playable, even in 4K resolution. In 1080p, the Gigabyte 1660 Super averaged 82 frames per second. In 1440p, the Gigabyte 1660 Super averaged just below 60 fps with an average of 55 frames per second. Final Fantasy XV even stayed above 30 fps on 4K with an average of 36 frames per second.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
The Gigabyte 1660 Super is a solid option for anyone looking for a 1080p graphics card that won’t break the bank. Even in a few of the games we benchmarked, the Gigabyte 1660 Super Gaming OC kept the average frame rate at or above 60 frames per second. Now, all of our benchmarks were run at the games max presets. So, you’ll even be able to game in 1440p on most titles, even if you’ll have to lower your graphics settings a bit. Personally, I’d prefer playing a game in 1080p at higher frame rates.
I’ve always been a fan of the Windforce 3X cooler and on the Gigabyte 1660 Super Gaming OC 6g, it did not disappoint. With Gigabytes 3D Active Fan, the fans do not spin until the card hits 60°c. So, the system idle, the card ran at about 50°c, give or take. However, even under a gaming load, the card never went above 61°c. The temperature was recorded after running all the gaming benchmarks, then playing Jedi Fallen Order for about an hour. So, even under load, the card runs very quietly as the fans hardly ever spin. When playing less demanding games, the card may not even get hot enough for the fans to spin at all. For example, playing Shovel Knight for about 30 minutes, the fans kicked on once. Overall, the Gigabyte 1660 Super Gaming OC 6g is a cool running and quiet graphics card.
Overall, I’m rather impressed with the Gigabyte 1660 Super. It wasn’t too long ago, you’d have to spent upwards of $700 to get a solid 1440p graphics card. I’ll never forget the day I set up my first custom loop. It consisted of two 980 ti in SLI. I was excited that I was able to play Crysis 3 in 4k with an average of around 40-45 frames per second and just over 60 fps in 1440p. However, that cost me around $1400. So when people say graphics cards haven’t come that far, it amazes me. Cards such as the Gigabyte 1660 Super Gaming OC 6g is proof that graphics cards have made some major strides over the last few generations. At the time of this review, you can pick up the Gigabyte 1660 Super Gaming OC 6g over on Amazon for only $249.99. This is a little over $80 cheaper than the MSI Gaming GTX 1660 ti which is selling on Amazon at the time of this review for $313.99. I’d say that the Gigabyte 1660 Super is without a doubt, the better deal.