The Test

Without any Founders Edition, NVIDIA is pushing out the GTX 1660 as a fully custom launch, and while the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black has reference clocks, the TDP is set at 130W rather than the reference 120W. To keep testing and analysis as apples-to-apples as possible, as usual we've emulated reference GTX 1660 specifications. While not perfect, this should be reasonably accurate for a virtual reference card as we look at reference-to-reference comparisons.

Test Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-7820X @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 7 (F9g)
PSU Corsair AX860i
Storage OCZ Toshiba RD400 (1TB)
Memory G.Skill TridentZ
DDR4-3200 4 x 8GB (16-18-18-38)
Case NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition
Monitor LG 27UD68P-B
Video Cards EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edtion
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (2GB)
Video Drivers NVIDIA Release 419.15 (Press)
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.1
OS Windows 10 x64 Pro (1803)
Spectre and Meltdown Patched

As an additional thanks to EVGA, we were also able to get a GeForce GTX 1060 3GB card, which is the closest last-gen predecessor given that the GTX 1660 is directly replacing the GTX 1060 3GB.

In the same vein, for Ashes, GTA V, F1 2018, and Shadow of War, we've updated some of the benchmark automation and data processing steps, so results may vary at the 1080p mark compared to previous GPU 2018 data of last year.

Meet the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black Battlefield 1
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  • oleguy682 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Not really sure this works as a 970 replacement. I'll have to peruse Bench to see what the difference between the 960 and 970 were to see if it's worth the money. Might need to wait another generation.... or refresh. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    On which note I've gone ahead and unlocked the GTX 1660 cards in bench.

    https://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/2456?vs=21...

    The GTX 1660 is a good bit faster than the 970, but it may not be enough to satisfy your needs. Then again, this is a $219 card versus a $329 card.
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  • nathanddrews - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Going by current Newegg prices - the GTX 1070 and Vega56 can be had for just under $329 (original 970 pricing) and are both literally 2X faster in many Bench scenarios than the 970. Reply
  • 0ldman79 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Considering the 970 is $100 on ebay right now...

    Roughly 85% of the performance.
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  • nathanddrews - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    You can justify anything using used pricing. In a freak bit of luck, I got two used 1080Ti GPUs for $400 each last October, virtually eliminating any possible price/performance comparison. Assuming the OP bought the 970 new, it's a fair comparison to look at current $329 cards. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    It's irrelevant what they paid for the 970. They already have it, so it's effective cost on whether to upgrade is what they can get for it when they sell it, or if they don't sell it, $0. Reply
  • Old Dog - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Of course it's not. He's not talking about going out and buying a 970 today at that price. The real question is if the increase in performance is worth the $150 or so it'll cost him to upgrade (assuming he nets ~$80 by selling the 970 for $100 on eBay. (I'm afraid that price is about to take a hit though.) This is the same question we're all asking ourselves. Original price of our current cards is irrelevant. It's all about current value. Reply
  • 0ldman79 - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    ^^This.

    Current value is all that really matters. "What is it worth today?" while I'm building my system.

    Tech doesn't hold on to value. $1,000 Extreme Edition CPUs become worthless right about the same time the $200 midrange CPU does typically. The current Core ix going from dual core up to 28 core may throw a kink in that statement, but historically it has held true.
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  • 0ldman79 - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    I'm saying for the money the 970 isn't a bad deal.

    If the price drops more then that deal improves, SLI and go about your day.

    I'm not talking about valid comparisons, apples to apples, none of that, just saying that today if I need a video card a used 970 is very cheap and performs pretty well. If you've already got one then SLI is a cheap upgrade.

    For any of my broke buddies I'm recommending the 970. I'm not sure what I'd recommend new right now, I guess that ultimately comes down to the budget of the build. 2060 is looking pretty good though. It'll be much better in about six months after the price drops (hopefully).
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  • Hrel - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    My R9 280x still maxes or nearly maxes everything I play. Simply for power and thermal upgrades, as well as DX features, I'll probably "upgrade" to a GTX 1660, but that card is so much faster than this one, on less power, and this one already does everythingI need it to so....

    That's the biggest problem I see for GPU manufacturers. Why do I need more GPU when there hasn't been a half decent game released in 10+ years?

    I play Dark Souls 3, Rocket League, KSP and Mordhau. Mordhau is the most demanding but it looks great even at medium. Civilization is a great game, that already runs great. I just installed KOTOR with a ton of mods, that was fun, think it came out in 2003. Wanna do Mass Effect modded out next, what was that, 2008?

    I don't think anyone needs a RTX anything, or anything above the GTX 1660ti. But more power to the people who buy that stuff, keep these guys funded I love their work! I'm just not rich enough to buy stuff without need motivating it. So when every modern game is udder crap, or from an Indie developer who knows how to code so it runs on 10 year old hardware... there's just no need for much more GPU power.
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