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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GTA V

We’re going to wrap things up with a game that isn’t really a visual barn-burner, but still tops the Steam charts day in and day out. We test 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.

gtav Brad Chacos/IDG

Power draw, thermals, and noise

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. 

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The faster 14Gbps GDDR6 memory makes the Asus Dual GTX 1660 Super EVO OC suck down slightly more power than its GTX 1660 family siblings. It’s still significantly more power-efficient than AMD’s Radeon duo, which are built around what are essentially 3.5-year-old GPUs.

We test thermals by leaving either AMD’s Wattman (for Radeon GPUs) or EVGA’s Precision X1 (for GeForce GPUs) open during the F1 2018 five-lap power draw test, noting the highest maximum temperature at the end.

gpu temp Brad Chacos/IDG

The Asus Dual is a lot faster than AMD’s Radeon duo, but the lower power draw helps it keep solid temperatures even without a high-end cooler, like you find on every other custom graphics card in this comparison. The Asus Dual GTX 1660 Super EVO OC’s 65-degree maximum under load is plenty chilly, and it runs pretty darn quietly. These are great results for a graphics card priced at Nvidia’s suggested pricing rather than a premium, though you “earn” them by way of the Dual’s thick, wide design.

Next page: Should you buy the GeForce GTX 1660 Super?

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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