TECH NEWS – AMD and Nvidia compete on every possible GPU tier level.
Igor’s Lab has confirmed the clock speed of the GTX 1660 SUPER, and he also got information regarding the memory it will use. If we had to describe it quickly: it is clocked at 1785 MHz, plus it will use GDDR6, and it will be stronger than the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT, but it would end up behind the RX 5600 XT, which is currently just a rumour. The interesting thing here is that the GTX 1660 only has GDDR5 memory by default, which is why AMD’s similarly placed GPU defeats it, but by changing to GDDR6, the transfer speed jumps from 8 to 14 gigabits per second.
The GTX 1660 SUPER is built on the TU116-300 die, which is the same what the basic 1660 uses. 1408 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs (texture mapping unit), and 48 ROPs (render output pipeline) are on this graphics card. Igor’s Lab’s reviews say that the GTX 1660 SUPER is 2.8% faster than the AMD RX 5500 XT, but it is 4.3% slower than the 1660 Ti, and the rumoured RX 5600 XT is also 11% faster than it.
However, the price will be a big question in the GTX 1660 SUPER’s role. The basic 1660’s retail price was 219 dollars in the US, but since the SUPER uses GDDR6 memory (14 Gb/s and not 12 as seen on the 1660 Ti; 192-bit interface, 336 GB/s transfer speed), it will be pricier, so it could be anywhere between 200 and 280 bucks.
This GPU is not officially announced, but Videocardz thinks the GTX 1660 SUPER will launch on October 29, and it would be in stores from November. We have yet to see where to place this GPU amongst the others – the Ti will be hard to overcome. (But if it will be cheaper than it while providing about 94-96% of its performance, things might be different.)
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