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GTX 1660 Ti may launch with a cheaper 3GB variant

By DPennington · 7 replies
Feb 15, 2019
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  1. There may be more options coming for those looking for a mid-range Turing GPU, with a cheaper variant of the 1660 Ti potentially coming to market.

    The 1660 Ti reference features 6GB of GDDR6 RAM,but given the list of variants found on the EEC website, it looks as though there may be a 3GB version coming to market as well. The list of models with 3GB of VRAM, compiled by VideoCardz, are all made by Asus and includes versions from their Turbo, Dual, and TUF product lines. 6GB variants of the same models exist as well. This revelation also follows the first shots of the TU116 die found in the 1660 Ti.

    The 1660 Ti is set to release next week with an MSRP of $279 for the 6GB version. There's no word on pricing for the 3GB variant but given the pricing trend from last generation's cut down 1060 models, we can expect the price to land somewhere around $229. If that's the case, the 1660 Ti 3GB would be an interesting alternative to the RX 580, and more or less spell the end of the road for the GTX 1060 3GB.

    If the 1660 Ti 3GB follows the same pattern as the 1060, we can expect performance to be cut down in addition to the VRAM buffer. While not officially confirmed by Nvidia, the 1660 Ti 6GB is expected to launch with 1,536 CUDA cores and 96 texture units. It's difficult to speculate on exactly what the launch specs of a 3GB variant would be but we will likely see a significant drop in both shader and texture units. There's also a possibility that the 3GB version would use slower GDDR5 or GDDR5X instead of the GDDR6 found in the 6GB version.

    It's fair to question whether or not a 3GB frame buffer will be enough for new titles, even at 1080p, without substantially reducing graphics settings. Even back in 2016, when the 1060 3GB was released, there were questions about 3GB being a bottleneck. While 3GB will likely still give quality results at lower resolutions, those gaming at 1440p or higher would benefit from the additional VRAM in the 6GB version.

    Nvidia has kept information very close to the vest on the 1660 Ti but a February 22nd launch is looking likely.

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  2. Wessell Urdata

    Wessell Urdata TS Booster Posts: 40   +52

    3GB for a 1080p Max/1440p Mid card?
    Please no.
    MasterMace likes this.
  3. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,921   +1,157

    I imagine that the marketing folks all use the 3GB version because it is so cute. I'll stick with my 4 GB 1050 Ti for a while longer - it runs Skyrim at max which works for me (>400 hours)..
  4. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 293   +124

    This is crazy. There are GTX 1050's with 3GB and a lot of games go over 2GB VRAM even at 1080p with low details. Releasing that SKU makes no sense. Nvidia is going downhill.
  5. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 501   +428

    What a waste of die.
    And they will sell tons of those to Walmart PCs and such, at the end landing in the hands of the clueless teenagers buying their first gaming PC, only to be seriously dissapointed later on.
    AMD, where are You? Stop this madness. Oh, right, Navi postponed...
  6. Sausagemeat

    Sausagemeat TS Maniac Posts: 409   +202

    Personally I wouldn’t buy a 3GB card in 2019. Although I don’t think it would have too many issues running most games at 1080p. I currently have 3GB cards and when running at 1080p RAM usually isn’t the problem.

    I guess it depends on cost, if It’s only ~$30 or so cheaper than the 6GB variant then it’s really not worth it. But if it comes in at ~$199 then it would probably be a decent buy for a 1080p gamer.
  7. Aux101

    Aux101 TS Enthusiast Posts: 38   +6

    I'm pretty sure the 3GB variant will prove to be a terrible marketing decision.

    The 1060 3GB is scoring pretty low in some benchmarks compared to the 6GB.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,846

    FWIW Newegg has the new 1660 ti in stock and ready to ship. One model is available from each of 4 different makers. Prices run from $280.00 to $310.00 (Free shipping though) Here are those pages:





    PS They're all 6 GB VRAM.

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