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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Asus ROG Strix GTX 1660 Ti power draw, thermals, and noise

We also tested the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and its competitors using 3DMark’s highly respected Fire Strike synthetic benchmark. Fire Strike runs at 1080p, Fire Strike Extreme runs at 1440p, and Fire Strike Ultra runs at 4K resolution. All render the same scene, but with more intense graphical effects as you move up the scale, so that Extreme and Ultra flavors stress GPUs even more. We record the graphics score to eliminate variance from the CPU.

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This is why you can’t test cards based solely on synthetic benchmarks, though they’re wonderful for relative sanity checks and competitive overclocking contests. According to Fire Strike, the GTX 1660 Ti is slower than the Radeon RX 590, and well behind the GTX 1070. That simply isn’t true in actual games.  

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We test power draw by looping the F1 2018 benchmark for about 20 minutes after we’ve benchmarked everything else, and noting the highest reading on our Watts Up Pro meter. The initial part of the race, where all competing cars are onscreen simultaneously, tends to be the most demanding portion.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is another testament to the incredible power efficiency of Nvidia’s GPU architectures. Even with its RGB LEDs, trio of fans, and heavy overclock, the ROG Strix draws roughly the same amount of power as EVGA’s overclocked GTX 1060, but delivers much higher performance. AMD’s card can’t even come close to Nvidia’s in terms of raw power efficiency, either.

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We test thermals by leaving HWInfo’s sensor monitoring tool open during the F1 2018 5-lap power draw test, noting the highest maximum temperature at the end.

Sweet holy moly. The Asus ROG Strix GTX 1660 Ti’s default Performance BIOS keeps the GPU absolutely frigid, and it doesn’t get too loud in the process. If you prefer silence, swapping to the Quiet BIOS delivers that in exchange for temperatures rising to right around 70 degrees Celsius—which would still make it one of the coolest graphics cards in this price range. The custom cooling solution that Asus uses on ROG Strix graphics cards may be massive and pricey, but it delivers absolutely wonderful results.

Next page: Should you buy the GTX 1660 Ti?

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.


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


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