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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Should you buy the GeForce GTX 1660 Super?

Definitely. This is the new mainstream graphics card to beat for no-compromises 1080p gaming, though AMD’s vaguely detailed Radeon RX 5500 series is coming sometime this quarter.

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Simply swapping out the GDDR5 memory for 14Gbps GDDR6 memory makes the $229 GTX 1660 Super well over 10 percent faster or more than its namesake, depending on the game, landing it well within striking distance of the more potent $280 GTX 1660 Ti. Not bad for a mere $10 over the vanilla GTX 1660’s original MSRP, though that’ll be sticking around at an (undisclosed) lower price as well—probably around $200.

The speed bump makes the GTX 1660 Super the likely price-to-performance champion in Nvidia’s crowded GTX 1660 family, though the others still have their place. We’ll have to see where the original GTX 1660’s pricing lands, but it still delivers a solid 1080p/60Hz gaming experience as the cheapest member of the lineup, while the GTX 1660 Ti’s extra oomph is worth considering if you’re rolling with a high-refresh 100Hz-plus monitor or want to dabble in 1440p gaming from time to time.

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The GTX 1660 family is all powered by variants of Nvidia’s TU116 graphics processor, built on the Turing GPU architecture.

AMD’s aging Radeon RX 580 and 590 are only holding on through sheer value proposition, thanks to a mixture of aggressive price cuts and game bundles. Sub-$200 pricing with either Borderlands 3 or Ghost Recon Breakpoint as well as three free months of Microsoft’s spectacular Xbox Game Pass for PC delivers a ton of value, but AMD’s options draw a lot more power and require more visual compromises than Nvidia’s GTX 1660 series.

The Radeons are still solid 1080p gaming options, especially if you don’t mind dropping graphics from Ultra to High, but they’re built on 3.5-year-old GPUs at their heart, and it’s starting to show. The two are so close in performance that if you’re going for Radeon’s value, the RX 580 is probably the better bet.

We heartily recommend the Asus Dual GeForce GTX 1660 Super EVO OC specifically, assuming the somewhat portly card can fit in your system. Big, fat graphics cards are the modern trend in powerful high-end GPUs, but still not the norm here in the mainstream price range. Fortunately, most mid- and full-tower cases should be able to squeeze it in.

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The Dual GTX 1660 Super delivers great performance, cool temperatures, and quiet gaming. That solid core performance is bolstered by some nice extras like an aluminum backplate, an RGB LED strip, a gentle overclock, and an option to keep the fans idle until your GPU hits game-level temperatures. It’s exactly what you’re looking for in a no-frills mainstream graphics card.

Even better, the price is right. The GTX 1660 Super delivers outstanding value of its own at $229, but if the price starts to creep upwards for custom cards, Nvidia’s new GPU starts to get uncomfortably close to the GTX 1660 Ti’s cost. Asus’s Dual EVO OC sticks to the $229 suggested price and while it’s not brimming with extra features, it’s hard to envision pricier options delivering much more performance, especially with modern Nvidia software capable of delivering one-click automatic overclocks.

Bottom line: It doesn’t redefine the segment like the GeForce RTX 2060 and 2070 Super GPUs did, but upgrading to ultra-fast GDDR6 memory gives the GTX 1660 Super a noticeable and appreciable performance uplift, and the Asus Dual GTX 1660 EVO OC builds on the solid foundation to make a great GPU even better. Say hello to the new no-compromises 1080p gaming champion…though AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 series counterpunch will be landing any day now.

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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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