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Rumors suggest Nvidia could be working on an RTX-free GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

By Polycount ยท 6 replies
Jan 17, 2019
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  1. When Nvidia revealed its RTX GPUs at Gamescom in 2018, the reception was mixed, to say the least. On the one hand, many were excited about the possibility of real-time ray tracing in games.

    On the other hand, a large number of Nvidia fans were alarmed at the astronomically-high price tags the company attached to its latest hardware. Early Founder's Edition and board partner RTX 2080 Tis cost around $1100 each.

    Furthermore, as we noted in our Battlefield V RTX benchmarks, using Nvidia's ray tracing features can cause gaming performance to take a major nosedive (a later patch did improve the situation, however).

    Regardless of the specifics, one thing's certain: a large portion of Nvidia's audience is simply unwilling or unable to pay such high premiums for modern hardware; especially given the hit-or-miss performance of real-time ray tracing. Those customers just want better framerates, and couldn't care less about being an early RTX adopter.

    Fortunately, Nvidia may just have a solution. According to an encouraging report from Videocardz, the GPU giant could be working on a Turing-based GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

    In theory, the 1660 Ti will feature a nice jump in performance over some of the company's cheaper Pascal cards, but without RTX features and the premium price tag associated with them.

    Apparently, the 1660 Ti (the name is "not yet fully confirmed") will feature a TU116 graphics processor, 1536 CUDA Cores, 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and a 192-bit memory bus.

    We don't know when (or indeed if) the GTX 1660 Ti will launch, but we'll update you if we learn anything new. In the meantime, despite the fact that Videocardz has three separate sources who have confirmed this information, you should still treat it as a rumor.

    With luck, Nvidia itself may pull back the curtain on this mystery GPU in the coming months.

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  2. meric

    meric TS Addict Posts: 174   +98

    Why not just name it GTX 2050 Ti?
     
    JaredTheDragon and Evernessince like this.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,419   +379

    I have to say, if this is true, it will be a banner day for hypocrisy... Nvidia's CEO publicly bashes AMD's cards at CES for not having ray tracing and AI, and then a week later there are rumors of a green team card coming with no RTX? All after pointing out how superior their G-Sync tech is, but "oh hey we'll enable compatibility with that Freesync thing that we keep saying sucks..."
     
    Capaill, Arris, darkzelda and 2 others like this.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,405   +2,680

    Either this is fake or Nvidia has lost it's touch for nomenclature.
     
  5. Stark

    Stark TS Booster Posts: 89   +84

  6. Eric Klien

    Eric Klien TS Rookie

    The naming in this article is wrong. The cards without ray tracing will be likely called part of the GTX 1100 series.
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,192   +4,855

    1660 makes no sense with current naming at all.
     
    Teko03 likes this.

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