Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti review: GTX is back with a vengeance

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the best 1080p GPU you can buy, and Asus's versatile ROG Strix design makes it even better.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands

Move over, Crysis. If you crank all the graphics options up to 11, like we do for these tests, Ghost Recon Wildlands ($50 on Humble) and its AnvilNext 2.0 engine absolutely melts GPUs. Ghost Recon Wildlands also prefers Nvidia’s GPU architecture in general.

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Once again, the ROG Strix blows away the GTX 1060 and AMD’s similarly priced Radeon RX 590, trading blows with the GTX 1070. And once again, the GeForce RTX 2080 is even faster, though its lead is slighter here.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War ($50 on Humble) adds a strategic layer to the series’ sublime core gameplay loop, adapting the Nemesis system to let you create an army of personalized Orc commanders. It plays like a champ on PC, too, thanks to Monolith’s custom LithTech Firebird engine. We use the Ultra graphics preset but drop the Shadow and Texture Quality settings to High to avoid exceeding 8GB of VRAM usage in our testing scenario, since graphics cards that exceed 8GB of capacity are rare indeed.

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The GTX 1660 Ti doesn’t even have 8GB of memory capacity, though that doesn’t affect its performance. It again stays on even footing with the GTX 1070 and Radeon Vega 56, and wrecks its predecessor as well as AMD’s Polaris GPU-based cards.

F1 2018

The latest in a long line of successful games, F1 2018 ($60 on Humble) is a benchmarking gem, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options—making it a much more reliable option that the Forza series. It’s built on the fourth version of Codemasters’ buttery-smooth Ego game engine. We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies.

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The GTX 1660 Ti surpasses a 100-fps average at 1080p resolution. Not even the GTX 1070 does that. AMD’s Vega 56 is a little faster, but costs $400.

Next page: Gaming benchmarks continue

At a Glance
  • Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the best 1080p GPU you can buy, and Asus's versatile and potent ROG Strix design makes it even better, albeit at a significant price premium.

    Pros

    • Outstanding 1080p and solid 1440p gaming
    • Tremendous effective custom cooler
    • Effective dual-BIOS profiles optimized for thermals and noise
    • Outstanding features and build quality

    Cons

    • No RTX ray tracing capabilities
    • $50 premium in price-sensitive segment
    • Very large graphics card
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