Meet The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black GAMING

As a pure virtual launch, the release of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti does not bring any Founders Edition model, and so everything is in the hands of NVIDIA’s add-in board partners. For today, we look at EVGA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black, a 2.75-slot single-fan card with reference clocks and a slightly increased TDP of 130W.

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Card Comparison
  GTX 1660 Ti Ref Spec EVGA GTX 1660 Ti XC Black GAMING
Base Clock 1500MHz 1500MHz
Boost Clock 1770MHz 1770MHz
Memory Clock 12Gbps GDDR6 12Gbps GDDR6
VRAM 6GB 6GB
TDP 120W 130W
Length N/A 7.48"
Width N/A 2.75-Slot
Cooler Type N/A Open Air
Price $279 $279

Seeing as the GTX 1660 Ti is intended to replace the GTX 1060 6GB, EVGA’s cooler and card design is new and improved compared to their Pascal cards, and was first introduced with the RTX 20-series as they rolled out the iCX2 cooling design and new “XC” card branding, complementing their existing SC and Gaming series. As we’ve seen before, the iCX platform is comprised of a medley of features, and some of the core technology is utilized even when the full iCX suite isn’t. For one, EVGA reworked their cooler design with hydraulic dynamic bearing (HDB) fans, offering lower noise and higher lifespan than sleeve and ball bearing types, and this is present in the EVGA GTX 1660 Ti XC Black.

In general, the card essentially shares the design of the RTX 2060 XC, complete with those new raised EVGA ‘E’s on the fans, intended to improve slipstream. The single-fan RTX 2060 XC was paired with a thinner dual-fan XC Ultra variant, and in the same vein the GTX 1660 Ti XC Black is a one-fan design that essentially occupies three slots due to the thick heatsink and correspondingly taller fan hub. Being so short, though, makes the size a natural fit for mini-ITX form factors.

As one of the cards lower down the RTX 20 and now GTX 16 series stack, the GTX 1660 Ti XC Black also lacks LEDs and zero-dB fan capability, where fans turn off completely at low idle temperatures. The former is an eternal matter of taste, as opposed to the practicality of the latter, but both tend to be perks of premium models and/or higher-end GPUs. Putting price aside for the moment, the reference-clocked GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 XC Black editions are the more mainstream variant anyhow.

Otherwise, the GTX 1660 Ti XC Black unsurprisingly lacks a USB-C/VirtualLink output, offering up the mainstream-friendly 1x DisplayPort/1x HDMI/1x DVI setup. Although the TU116 GPU still supports VirtualLink, the decision to implement it is up to partners; the feature is less applicable for cards further down the stack, where cards are more sensitive to cost and are less likely to be used for VR. Additionally, the 30W USB-C controller power budget could be significant amount relative to the overall TDP.

And on the topic of power, the GTX 1660 Ti XC Black’s power limit is actually capped at the default 130W, though theoretically the card’s single 8-pin PCIe power connector could supply 150W on its own.

The rest of the other GPU-tweaking knobs are there for your overclocking needs, and for EVGA this goes hand-in-hand with Precision, their overclocking utility. For NVIDIA’s Turing cards, EVGA released Precision X1, which allows modifying the voltage-frequency curve and scanning for auto-overclocking as part of Turing’s GPU Boost 4. Of course, NVIDIA’s restriction of actual overvolting is still in place, and for Turing there is a cap at 1.068v.

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  • rwsgaming - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Awesome review but you guys always missed the target audience. Lots of gamers are looking for the benchmarks of online games like PUBG, Fortnite, Apex, Overwatch, etc... Reply
  • dezonio2 - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Multiplayer only games are pretty hard to consistently benchmark and get a repeatable results. Reply
  • DominionSeraph - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Anandtech is a highly technical hardware review site, not a pop culture gaming site. The benchmarks are meant to be a highly repeatable, representative sample. Online multiplayer-only games are rarely repeatable run to run due to netcode and load variations, and you can often only run on the latest patch meaning you can't make an apples to apples comparison with older tests. Reply
  • Cooe - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    *facepalm* You're not the target audience. AnandTech isn't a gaming website... It's literally in the name lol. (*cough* "Tech" *cough*) Reply
  • Korguz - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    rwsgaming
    " but you guys always missed the target audience. Lots of gamers are looking for the benchmarks of online games like PUBG, Fortnite, Apex, Overwatch, etc..."
    none of the games they use for testing.. are ones i play.. so meh... hehehhehe
    Reply
  • 29a - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    I started reading this article until the SSD buyers guide video started taking up 1/4 of my screen space after scrolling down a bit. I'll read about the card on a site that doesn't take up so much of my screen space for something I have no interest in. This site sucks so much since Anand sold it. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, February 24, 2019 - link

    Reading Anandtech without an ad blocker is like banging a hooker without wearing a condom. Reply
  • AustinPowersISU - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    So it's a GTX 1070 with 2GB less RAM. The small difference in power consumption can be explained away by having 2 more GB of RAM.

    Go to eBay, buy a 1070 for $200. Smile because you have the same performance, 2GB more RAM, and $80 more in your pocket.
    Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    Are they really that cheap? Ebay is flooded with absurdly high prices. Every time I see a deal it's already in the sold listing section.

    It's very irritating to deal with Ebay because of this.
    Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    There are also tons of sellers who don't understand the basics of static electricity. They love to take glamour shots of cards on tables and carpets. Reply

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