NVidia could soon debut with a new GTX 1660 Ti graphic card to attract players with mid-range performance and lower prices. In what is now the latest development, the alleged leaked benchmarks are proving that the new offer could be up to 20% faster than the previous GTX 1060 models.
The news comes from Twitter, where the performance benchmarks of Ashes of the Singularity emerged in an online database. In the score, the GTX 1660 Ti reached 7,400 with high resolution 1080p, surpassing the GTX 1060 at 6,200. Adding up a difference of about 1,200 points (about 20%), this suggests that the GTX 1660 Ti could be much more powerful than the GTX 1060.
Price and features
Prices aren't yet known on the GTX 1660 Ti, but if mid-range prices hold up to be true, NVidia could win over players spooked by the RTX 2070's cost of $600 and the just-announced $350 RTX 2060. A release date is not yet known, but the GTX 1660 Ti could arrive in February along with a model with much faster GDDR5X memory. However, it is difficult to truly judge the value of performance without knowing the price.
For now, it could be a tempting update, as the old GTX 1060 remains very popular, accounting for 15% of Steam's overall share in December 2018. Compared to the top-of-the-range RTX 2060, rumours have indicated that the GTX 1660 Ti could come with a lower-powered Turing TU116 GPU and no ray tracing support. It should have a total of 1,526 CUDA cores, 20 percent more than what's in the GTX 1060. As for video memory, it should amount to 6GB GDDR6, the same amount on the RTX 2060 series.
This should be enough for most mid-range games and would be equivalent to balancing the NVidia range, inserting itself between the old GTX 1060 and the new ray tracing-enabled RTX 2060. With AMD on hold, this new, cheaper VGA will make the video card market more attractive, which is always a good thing for players' wallets on a tight budget.