NVIDIA to Launch GTX 1660 Super with Faster GDDR6 Memory


    There have been numerous reports of AMD’s Navi 14 and Navi 12 graphics cards launching by next month. The Navi 14 line-up will offer an alternative to NVIDIA’s sub $300 graphics cards. However, NVIDIA is looking to saturate the market even more by prepping for the GTX 1660 Super. While NVIDIA is likely to phase out the GTX 1660 similar to the RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080, reports suggest that all three GPUs will remain on the market.

    Chinese Website MyDrivers revealed that NVIDIA is working on a GTX 1660 Super. There are rumors of a GTX 1650Ti also in the works. It seems that NVIDIA is very much aware of AMD and the Navi 14 Graphics Cards launching next month. The 1660 Super and the 1650Ti should offer direct competition to AMD’s offerings. It will use the same turing architecture as the GTX 1660 but offer GDDR6 memory similar to the GTX 1660Ti.

    The 1660 Super will use the same TU116-300 die as the 1660 and even has the same specs: 1408 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. While the base and boost clock frequencies aren’t mentioned, we can expect a small bump. The memory, however, will receive a huge upgrade from an 8GB/s GDDR5 to a whopping 14GB/s GDDR6! This surpasses even the GTX 1660Ti which uses a 12 GB/s die. The new GPU will also use a 192-bit bus interface and a total bandwidth of 336 GB/s.

    GTX 1660 Super TU116 architecture

    The 1660 Super will likely be priced between the 1660 and the 1660Ti. This puts the GTX 1660Ti in a weird position. The rumored specs put the 1660 Super right on par with the 1660Ti and will offer better value at the lower price point. Unless it features a severely underclocked boost clock (which is highly unlikely), it’ll be hard to recommend the 1660Ti over it. That said, it offers an excellent option to AMD’s Navi 14 line-up (RX 5600 and the RX 5500). How the two stacks up in terms of real-world performance, however, remains to be seen.

    Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long. Come next AMD is expected to launch the Navi 14 (RX 5600 and RX 550) and Navi 12(RX 5800) graphics cards. NVIDIA will follow soon enough. We will keep you updated with the complete specs soon as they become available.

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    1. I’m beginning to wonder if AMD are going to do a 3,5,7,9 naming convention with their GPU’s as in RX 5300, RX 5500, RX5700, RX 5900. With the XT versions this would still give them 8 teirs. Navi 12 would have started development before Navi 14. Number is order of development. So I would logically expect Navi 12 to enter retail phase before Navi 14. RX 570/580 level is still well supplied but above RX 5700 XT is not.

    2. RX 5300 is almost certainly the next GPU to release with its inclusion in an HP pre-built Gaming PC due to release on the 20th of October. Could this be the real Navi 12? That leaves just one Navi 14 to either fill the gap as RX 5500 or exceed the RX 5700 as a RX 5900. It wont be both. Considering that the RX 5700 XT was almost called the “RX 690 limited” my bet would be on the RX 5500 for the Navi 14. That leaves no big Navi this round unless one Navi chip covers both the 5500 and 5300 (unlikely). AMD have used four chips to cover the consumer graphics space with Polaris 10,11,12 and Vega last generation. Not having a Navi 11 seems like a change of naming convention to avoid having a Navi 13 with its negative connotations except that three Navi chips would have still have stopped at Navi 12. The change in convention seems to indicate the intention to have at least one more chip in the Navi 1x series. Could there be a Navi 11/16 we don’t know about?

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