GIGABYTE GTX 1660 Ti GAMING OC Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅04-03-19
Conclusion

The dust hasn’t quite settled from the GTX 1660 Ti launch at the end of last week as we’re still exploring more models such as the distinguished GIGABYTE’s GTX 1660 Ti GAMING OC, and we have to confess, we’ve been mightily impressed by what’s on offer.

GIGABYTE’s Windforce cooler needs no introduction as it’s been a notable fixture on their graphics cards for many years – the latest edition (Windforce 3X) delivers on what it sets out to – low noise and low temperatures. The cooler on a graphics card forms the physical appearance, and while the shroud may be entirely plastic it still looks sleek and will merge into any configuration very well. It’s the first time we’ve seen GIGABYTE include a plastic backplate and although we’d prefer metal, it still offers protection and reduces overall weight anyway.


Pitting the GAMING OC against other GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards highlights how resilient GIGABYTE’s offering is. It managed to go head to head with the ASUS STRIX GTX 1660 Ti which is considerably more expensive. Not only was the GIGABYTE model able to deliver similar cooling performance too, but this card is the best overclocker we’ve found thus far. We managed to push the GPU boost up to 2007MHz from 1860MHz, allowing us to tap into an extra 10 fps in-game.

Pricing is always a contributing factor when purchasing any new kit but the margins with GTX 1660 Ti couldn’t be any more critical, since this graphics card can in some cases, enter the same territory as the RTX 2060 which boasts superior performance and adds in RTX technologies which the GTX 1660 Ti lacks. However, GIGABYTE has sensibly slotted the GAMING OC around the MSRP even though it has a high-end thermal design and factory overclock. This GPU can be purchased for £289 GBP - $289 USD - $529 AUD which we think is good value for money!

The GTX 1660 Ti GAMING OC ticks all the boxes and still hovers around the MSRP. If you’re in the market for such a GPU then we can highly recommend this model.

Pros
+ Neutral aesthetics work well
+ Decent cooler – low-noise/low-temp
+ Excellent 1080p performance
+ Comes with factory overclock
+ Subtle RGB lighting
+ Overclocks very well

Mediocre
+- Plastic backplate

Cons
- Very long

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