[Test] Gainward GTX 1660 Super Pegasus OC |Specs | Price

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[Test] Gainward GTX 1660 Super Pegasus OC
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The consumer graphics card market has been moving a lot lately, and that’s good for us! Indeed, since the arrival of the first RTX from Nvidia a little over a year ago with the monstrous RTX 2080 Ti, and more recently with the return to the mid / high-end market of AMD with its RX 5700/5700 XT, manufacturers are scrambling to impose their solution. Lately AMD announced the RX 5500, which is supposed to be the card for playing in Full HD. But Nvidia does not hear it that way and drew its GTX 1660 Super, the subject of our test today! Offered from € 250, let’s see what she has in her stomach.

Technical characteristics

Nvidia GTX 1650 Nvidia GTX 1650 Super Nvidia GTX 1660 Nvidia GTX 1660 Super Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti Nvidia RTX 2060
Architecture Turing Turing Turing Turing Turing Turing
GPU TU117 TU116 TU116 TU116 TU116 TU106
Engraving fineness 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm
Number of transistors 4.7 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 10.8 billion
CUDA hearts 896 1280 1408 1408 1536 1920
GPU frequency 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost frequency 1665 MHz 1725 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz 1680 MHz
Memory quantity 4 Go GDDR5 4 Go GDDR6 6 Go GDDR5 6 Go GDDR6 6 Go GDDR6 6 Go GDDR6
Memory frequency 2000 MHz 1500 MHz 2000 MHz 1750 MHz 1500 MHz 1750 MHz
Memory bus 128 bits 128 bits 192 bits 192 bits 192 bits 192 bits
TDP 75 Watts 100 Watts 120 Watts 125 Watts 120 Watts 160 Watts
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The new GTX 1660 Super is based on a Turing TU116 GPU, the same as the GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti. Of course, you can forget about the ray tracing and DLSS functionalities, because the RT and Tensor cores are only available on the RTX range, so nothing changes there. The number of CUDA cores is identical to the GTX 1660, as are the operating frequencies. But how do you differentiate the GTX 1660 Super from its little sister? The presence of GDDR6 memory chips in place of the now aging GDDR5. Indeed, there is still 6 GB of memory, but we go from GDDR5 2000 MHz (8 Gbps effective) to GDDR6 1750 MHz (14 Gbps effective). What is most astonishing is that this memory is faster than its big sister GTX 1660 Ti which is satisfied with GDD56 at 1500 MHz (12 Gbps effective). How will this big increase in throughput translate into practice? Will the GTX 1660 Super come close to the GTX 1660 Ti? This is what we will see! At the same time, the TDP increases slightly, from 120 to 125 Watts, it remains perfectly contained but a little higher than the GTX 1660 Ti supposed to be more powerful.

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Gainward GTX 1660 Super Pegasus OC

For our test, Nvidia sent us a model from Gainward, the GTX 1660 Super Pegasus OC. This is an entry-level card supposed to respect the MSRP of 250 € (when it can be found!). As a result, the cooling system as well as the functions are reduced to a union minimum. The card is only 16.8cm long for two thick slots and is cooled by a single 100mm fan. Also forget the RGB or any LED, it’s just there to do its job without fuss! The manufacturer has however applied a slight overclocking of 45 MHz to base frequencies, the Gainward Pegasus OC operates at 1830 MHz in boost mode. It shouldn’t necessarily be a game-changer, but it’s always a catch.