For those looking to buy a decent virtual reality (VR) capable GPU that doesn’t break the bank, then NVIDIA’s latest graphics card might be what you’re after. Today, the company has launched the new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Available today from a selection of partners, the new GPU starts from £259.99 GBP/$279 USD.
The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has been released to replace the GTX 1060. Based on the 12th generation Turing GPU architecture, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is 1.4x more efficient over previous Pascal GPUs and offers speeds up to 1.5x faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. And because of the brand new “TU116” Turing GPU the card includes support for Concurrent Floating Point and Integer Operations, a Unified Cache Architecture with larger L1 cache, and Adaptive Shading.
What you may notice is that it features the GTX moniker rather than RTX seen on the very latest series of NVIDIA GPU’s. This is because the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti does not include the Ray Tracing and Tensor Cores that are found in GeForce RTX graphics cards. As such, NVIDIA was able to keep the price below £300/$300.
Other features found in the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti include 6 GB of high-speed 12 Gbps GDDR6 memory which offers up to 288.1 GB/sec of peak memory bandwidth (50% more memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1060). It ships with 1536 CUDA Cores, has a memory speed of 12 Gbps data rate, and the typical Boost Clock speed is 1770 MHz. To see what all this means when compared to the GTX 1060, check out the stats below.
As for connections, the GPU fully supports a mixture of DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections as well as VirtualLink. However, these will not be the same for every device, as they’ll depend on the board partner implementation. VirtualLink is going to be an important addition going forward for VR headsets, developed by a consortium of companies including NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, Microsoft and HTC, as a new open industry standard cable connection.