The graphics card hearsay mill by no means ceases to amaze me. Despite no laborious proof in any respect, the most recent factor being whispered across the web is that Nvidia are apparently on the point of launch two new GTX 16-series graphics playing cards – the GTX 1660 Super and the GTX 1650 Ti. Indeed, after first recognizing the story on Chinese information web site MyDrivers, even famend leakers VideoCardz have admitted they’ve discovered “no substantial evidence” for such a declare. Even if it does turn into true, although, I simply can’t fathom the place a GTX 1660 Super, or perhaps a GTX 1650 Ti, would even sit on the nice graphics card hierarchy scale. After all, isn’t that the entire level of getting the GTX 1660 Ti?
Let’s break it down. According to this pinch of salt hearsay, the GTX 1660 Super can have sooner reminiscence than the present GTX 1660, upgrading its 6GB of GDDR5 to a at present unspecified quantity of GDDR6, though we are able to in all probability assume it should doubtless be 6GB once more. Its CUDA core rely, nevertheless, will stay at 1408.
The GTX 1650 Ti, in the meantime, will allegedly hold the identical 4GB of GDDR5 reminiscence as its non-Super GTX 1650, however will improve its CUDA core rely from 896 to both 1024 and 1152.
The GTX 1650 Ti I can, maybe, perceive. With the GTX 1650 at present sitting across the £145-170 / $150-170 mark and the GTX 1660 at present sitting round £210-240 / $230-260, there’s in all probability room for one more low-end graphics card across the £200 / $200 mark (or excessive tons of, on the very least). After all, the GTX 1650 isn’t actually price shopping for in the intervening time, particularly not in comparison with AMD’s Radeon RX 570 – see my GTX 1650 vs RX 570 comparability piece to see why – and as you’ll be able to see from my numerous benchmark outcomes under for all three of the present GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti playing cards, there’s an affordable hole between the GTX 1650 and its extra highly effective 1660 cousin.
The factor I can’t perceive, although, is the place a possible GTX 1660 Super might probably match with the already wonderful GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti. I imply, even now you’re solely taking a look at a median distinction of round 10fps between these two playing cards – and the hole will get even smaller once you begin taking a look at different high quality settings too, as you’ll be able to see in my GTX 1660 vs 1660 Ti comparability piece.
Would the GTX 1660 Super sit between them? Because that’s what the hearsay mill is saying in the intervening time – that it’s supposed to fit in the course of these two playing cards, not exchange the prevailing GTX 1660 – which, let’s remind ourselves, Nvidia actually simply launched in March of this yr. I imply, I assumed changing a bunch of the lower than a yr outdated RTX playing cards with their Super equivalents was a daring transfer, however a graphics card that’s solely nearly been on store cabinets for six months? That can be baffling certainly.
It doesn’t even make sense from a pricing standpoint, both. With the present GTX 1660 going for round £210-240 / $230-260 at time of writing, you don’t should spend that rather more to get its greatest graphics card-winning Ti sibling, which is at present hovering round £260-290 / $280-310.
Indeed, even when the GTX 1660 Super is actual and does find yourself getting smooshed someplace between them across the £250 / $250 mark, is it even going to be price shopping for when it’s solely more likely to provide a teeny tiny efficiency increase over the non-Super model? I doubt it.
All of that is conjecture, in fact, however proper now, I simply can’t see a GTX 1660 Super making any sort of logical sense, both from a efficiency perspective or a pricing one – and if I’m incorrect, nicely, I’ll eat my GPU-encrusted hat. That’s a promise.