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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Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity ($40 on Humble) was one of the very first DX12 games, and it remains a flag-bearer for the technology to this day thanks to the extreme scalability of Oxide Games’ next-gen Nitrous engine. With hundreds of units onscreen simultaneously and some serious graphics effects in play, the Crazy preset can make graphics cards sweat. Ashes runs in both DX11 and DX12, but we test only in DX12, as it delivers the best results for both Nvidia and AMD GPUs.

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The song remains the same here. The ROG Strix hangs with the GTX 1070 and Vega 56, and beats the GTX 1060 and similarly priced Radeon RX 590 by about 25 percent.

GTA V

We’re going to wrap things up with a couple of older games that aren’t really visual barn-burners, but still top the Steam charts day in and day out. These are games that a lot of people play. First up: Grand Theft Auto V ($30 on Humble) with all options turned to Very High, all Advanced Graphics options except extended shadows enabled, and FXAA. GTA V runs on the RAGE engine and has received substantial updates since its initial launch.

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Surprise! The ROG Strix GTX 1660 Ti is a little slower than the GTX 1070 here, which is a trend we’ve seen in Nvidia’s RTX cards, too—something about GTA V’s design prefers the older Pascal architecture. It's just barely slower than the pricier options, though, and it still womps on the Radeon RX 590 and GTX 1060, especially as the resolution increases.

Rainbow Six Siege

Finally, let’s take a peek at Rainbow Six Siege ($40 on Humble), a game whose audience just keeps on growing, and one that still feels like the only truly next-gen shooter after all these years. Like Ghost Recon Wildlands, this game runs on Ubisoft’s AnvilNext 2.0 engine, but Rainbow Six Siege responds especially well to graphics cards that lean on async compute features.

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As such, Nvidia’s Turing-based GPUs well outpace their predecessors, with the ROG Strix outpunching the GTX 1060 by a whopping 40 percent. The Radeon RX 590 hangs close, but trails Nvidia’s newcomer by a noticeable margin—at least on paper. In reality, you’d be hard-pressed to pick out the differences between the frame rates for the two cards.

Next page: Power, thermals, noise, and synthetics

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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