It has now been confirmed that the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER graphics card will boast a higher clock speed than AMD’s Radeon counterpart, the RX 5500. Igor’s Lab has seemingly confirmed the GTX 1660 SUPER’s clock rate as well as its memory standard.
What Are The Details?
As we know that the Nvidia GTX 1660 standard model only supports GDDR5, this puts it at a bit of a loss when compared to the Radeon RX 5500 for example (which will come with GDDR6 memory). We recently reported that the GTX 1660 SUPER variant will come equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 memory clocked in at 14Gbps, which would be a great step in the right direction for Nvidia.
This was confirmed by Igor’s Lab detailing that the GTX 1660 SUPER will indeed come with GDDR6 memory at 14Gbps, rising from the 8Gbps on the non-SUPER model. This allows Nvidia to give their users a lot more performance for lower costs than their competitors.
It has been noted that this may, however, impact sales on some of Nvidia’s existing cards such as the GTX 1660 Ti due to the GTX 1660 SUPER being able to offer a better performance rate per dollar so to speak.
How Much Performance Will Be Gained?
Now for the interesting part, the stats. Without going too into the details, according to the calculations made by Igor, the GTX 1660 SUPER will be around 2.8% quicker than the AMD RX 500 XT but around 4.3% slower than the GTX 1660 Ti. This slots the card in Nvidia’s lineup just about where we predicted, offering a greater level of choice for mid-range buyers.
While the still rumored AMD RX 5600 XT card has been noted to be around 11% faster than the GTX 1660 SUPER, this will likely mean that the RX 5600 XT will be looking to compete with the higher levels of Nvidia’s cards when it releases, if the rumors are to be believed that is.
Although we still don’t know the price of the GTX 1660 SUPER, the fact that this is more or less official confirmation that the card exists is excellent news. With us now knowing more details of the card's specifications and what it will be up against when it releases, we can get a better idea of just where it will fit into the market and its rough price point.
With these specifications being more or less confirmed at this point it looks more definite that this card will be a great option for those building on a tighter budget. With it seemingly outperforming the Radeon RX 5500 XT, we’d expect that AMD may hopefully respond with a new piece of kit at this price point. Whether or not this is their own take on a SUPER version or a whole new card is anybody’s guess though.