Hi everyone! I want to upgrade to a 1660 TI. I want a suggestion, these are my specs:
CPU: i7-8700 (3.2GHz I think)
GPU: 1060 (6GB VRAM)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16 ; 3200MHz)
Memory: 1TB WD Blue HDD
I don't have a big budget and the maximum I could afford is a 1660 TI (that means around 300 USD). I want opinions about it, is it good? Or can you guys recommend me another GPU? Thanks in advance!
I think the GTX 1660TI is a good upgrade from a GTX 1060. It is ~1,5=150% faster than a GTx 1060 that means that it is as strong as if triple SLI with 3 GTX 1060 would work perfekt without any input lag, micro stuttering and bad frame times.
It has 6 GB GDDr6 V-Ram with a 192 BIT Memoryinterface and on the Turing TU 116 GPU-Chip are 1536 Shader Alus unlocked.
But these arent little Kepler Shader Alus, these are the same Turing microprocessor cores like in the RTX Cards.
Only the RT Cores are completely deactivated.
There is no real other option in the 300 Dollar price segment.
There are a few cards which are about the same speed, but with a much worse efficiency, like the GTx 1070, GTX 980TI or the AMD RX 590.
But you should also note that these older GPUs are only slightly faster or equally fast in games, with older engines. In new and upcoming games, it will look the other way around, apart from the better driver support of the newer cards.
As I understand it, the GTx 1660TI should be as fast in upcoming games as a GTX 1080, which is about ~ 21-23% faster than the GTX 1660TI in older games with engines that are designed for Pascal.
I think that you can compare the GTX 1660TI with an RTX 2060 in new games as long as ray tracing is not activated.
Another option that many will advise against is to buy a used RTX 2060, which is also available for ~ 330 dollars.
So I always do it this way and have never bought a defective module and I have never broken one of many cards.
Still, a brand new GTx 1660Ti is the better GPU in terms of your other components. The core i7 8700 should be able to fire up the card at full speed if you activate Speed Step Technology and of course activateTurbo Mode so that the CPU is working with the highest possible allcore turbo.
You should invest in a M.2 NVME SSD like the Samsung 970 EVO with 240 GB, it will work good with your HDD together.
If necessary you can use an adapter to PCIe.
This would give the system, together with your Ram a very good performance,
especially if you activate the rapid mode and use parts of your RAM as cache memory.
The GTX 1660TI is the GPU that fits best into your system and still makes it fit for the future as a gamer system with 1080P and 1440P.
If you want to play and definitely want to be able to play in the future than the GTx 1660Ti is the card i recommend