Asus Dual GeForce GTX 1660 Super EVO OC review: Faster memory, much bigger punch

Say hello to the new no-compromises 1080p gaming champion, wearing a crown adorned with GDDR6.

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Our test system

Our dedicated graphics card test system is packed with some of the fastest complementary components available to put any potential performance bottlenecks squarely on the GPU. Most of the hardware was provided by the manufacturers, but we purchased the cooler and storage ourselves.

  • Intel Core i7-8700K processor ($350 on Amazon)
  • EVGA CLC 240 closed-loop liquid cooler ($120 on Amazon)
  • Asus Maximus X Hero motherboard ($395 on Amazon)
  • 64GB HyperX Predator RGB DDR4/2933 ($420 on Amazon)
  • EVGA 1200W SuperNova P2 power supply ($230 on Amazon)
  • Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case, with front and top panels removed and an extra rear fan installed for improved airflow ($130 on Amazon)
  • 2x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs ($78 each on Amazon)

We’re comparing the $229 Asus Dual GeForce GTX 1660 Super EVO OC and its GDDR6 memory against EVGA’s vanilla GTX 1660 XC Ultra, which uses the same core GPU configuration with slower GDDR5 VRAM. We’re also comparing it against the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1660 Ti, which packs a more powerful version of the same GPU and slower-clocked GDDR6, as well as Nvidia’s entry-level ray tracing card, the GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition. On AMD’s side, we’re comparing the new GPU against the Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 and XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy. These days, you can find Radeon RX 580s going for around $170 to $180, and frequently find Radeon RX 590s on sale for roughly $200.

Each game is tested using its in-game benchmark at the highest possible graphics presets, with VSync, frame rate caps, and all GPU vendor-specific technologies—like AMD TressFX, Nvidia GameWorks options, and FreeSync/G-Sync—disabled, and temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) enabled to push these high-end cards to their limits. If anything differs from that, we’ll mention it. We run each benchmark at least three times and list the average result for each test.

We tested the Asus Dual GeForce GTX 1660 Super EVO OC in its default performance BIOS mode, rather than the secondary Quiet mode than enables 0dB fans.

Gaming performance benchmarks

Division 2

Let’s start with the latest games. The Division 2 is one of the best looter-shooters ever created. The luscious visuals generated by Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine make it even easier to get lost in post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C. The built-in benchmark cycles through four “zones” to test an array of environments. We test with the DirectX 12 renderer enabled. It provides better performance across-the-board than the DX11 renderer, but it requires Windows 10.

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Far Cry: New Dawn

Another Ubisoft title, Far Cry: New Dawn drags Far Cry 5’s wonderful gameplay into a post-apocalyptic future of its own, though this vision is a lot more bombastic—and pink—than The Division 2’s bleak setting. The game runs on the latest version of the long-running Dunia engine, and it’s slightly more strenuous than Far Cry 5’s built-in benchmark.

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Next page: Gaming benchmarks continue

At a Glance
  • This is a great graphics card for 1080p gaming. Swapping out the GTX 1660's GDDR5 memory for much faster GDDR6 gives the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super a sizable performance boost, while the Asus Dual EVO OC's design runs cool and quiet with some nice extras. There's no price premium either.

    Pros

    • Excellent 1080p gaming performance
    • Runs cool and quiet
    • Backplate, RGB, and idle fan stop features
    • No price premium

    Cons

    • Only 1 HDMI and DisplayPort
    • Few extra features
    • Wide and thick physical design
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