Asus to Launch EVO, DUAL, Phoenix, and TUF3 Variants of the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super

We’ve been talking about the GeForce GTX 1660 Super and GTX 1650 Ti for quite some time. These cards, especially the 1660 Super are exciting because they bring GTX 980 Ti levels of performance to the masses for the first time ever. While Nvidia hasn’t confirmed either card officially, given the number of leaks, the arrival of the two is more a question of when than if. The most likely ETA for these two cards is October, which is also the likely timeframe for AMD’s Navi 14 to arrive on the scene.

Now, solidifying rumors even further, the folks over at Videocardz received input from their sources in Asus.

NVIDIA RTX Laptops and GTX 1650

These sources indicated that the company is readying at least three different models of the GeForce GTX 1660 Super. These include the TUF3, Phoenix, Dual, and EVO lines. The 1660 Super is a very interesting card: the most likely configuration retains almost all the shading power of the 1660 Ti, without the memory cutbacks on the base 1660. If it’s within a few frames of the Ti, that would that we’d have 1070/980 Ti levels of performance in a budget card.

Less information is available on the 1650 Ti but, considering that the base 1650 is built on a partially enabled TU117 core, it’s likely that Nvidia will spring for a full-fat TU117 in with the 1650 Ti. The GTX 1650 was a major disappointment because it consistently failed to deliver performance in the RX 570/GTX 970 class. It consistently trailed last-gen midrange offerings by a large margin. It’s only redeeming feature was a 75W TDP, which enabled manufacturers to create units that would run entirely off PCI-E power. A fully-enabled TU117 would be a major development. It’d position the GTX 1650 Ti exactly where the 750 Ti was generations ago: A drop-in upgrade for people with pre-built systems.

We’ll keep you posted as we get more information about both these parts.

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