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
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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  • eva02langley - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    At 280$ for a Vega 56 with 3 games, it is brainless and one of the best value as of late. Can't wait for Navi to disrupt even more this overdue stagnant market. Reply
  • CiccioB - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Yes, it will be a new black hole in AMD quarters if the production cost/performance is the same as the old GCN line...
    You see, selling as HBM monster like Vega for that price simply means that the project is a compete flop (as it was Fiji) and nvidia can continue selling its mainstream GPU at the price they want despite the not so good market period.
  • eva02langley - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Final Fantasy XV is another game gimping AMD due to gameworks implementation. Reply
  • eddman - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    They disable those before benchmarking. From the article: "For our testing, we enable or adjust settings to the highest except for NVIDIA-specific features" Reply
  • CiccioB - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    All games gimp nvidia s their engine is written for the consoles that mount obsolete AMD HW. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    It's hardly difficult to add in a bit of special slowdown sauce for the "PC" versions. Reply
  • Comagnum - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    This is such a joke. Vega 56 is now the same price and out performs this terrible product, and the 1070 (AIB versions) performs similarly enough that the 1660ti has no real place in the market right now. Nvidia is a greedy terrible company. What a joke. Reply
  • Falcon216 - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    I followed your advice and bought a Vega56 instead of a 1660Ti and now my power supply has been making those weird noises animals make wen they're suffering and need help what do I do? Reply
  • Cooe - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Fanboy nonsense alert!!! Unless you bought your power supply at a Chinese flea market, ignore this dude.

    (Granted there are totally cases where you'd want something like a 1660Ti over a V56 for efficiency reasons [say ultra SFF], but this guy's spitting nonsense)
  • Falcon216 - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    My point
    Your Head

    The V56 uses ~200w nominally depending on your choice of settings, in the detailed Tom's review it goes as low as 160w at the most minimum performance level and as high as 235w depending on the choice of power BIOS. The 1660Ti is then shown to use ~125w in BF1 and (assuming Tom's tested the V56 performance on stock settings) Anand's BF1 test shows a 9FPS lead (11%) over the 1660Ti. I'll trade that 11% performance for 40% less (absolute scale) power usage any day - My PSU ain't getting any younger and "lol just buy another one" is dumb advice dumb people make.

    Happy now?

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