NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M vs 1660

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
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66.75
Architecture
Kepler
 
Turing
Code name
GK104
 
TU116
Type
Laptop
 
Desktop
Release date
12 March 2014
 
14 March 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
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$219
Price now
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$215

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1344
 
1408
CUDA cores
1344
 
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Core clock speed
941 MHz
 
1530 MHz
Boost Clock
967 MHz
 
1785 MHz
Transistor count
3,540 million
 
6,600 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
12 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
120 Watt
Texture fill rate
108.3
 
157.1
Floating-point performance
2,599 gflops
 
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
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Bus support
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
 
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Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
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229 mm
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
3 GB
 
6 GB
Standard memory configuration
GDDR5
 
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Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
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8004 MHz
Memory bandwidth
120.0 GB/s
 
192.1 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
eDP 1.2 signal support
Up to 3840x2160
 
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LVDS signal support
Up to 1920x1200
 
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VGA аnalog display support
Up to 2048x1536
 
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DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Up to 3840x2160
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP content protection
+
 
-
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
+
 
-
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Blu-Ray
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
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H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
no data
GeForce Experience
+
 
no data
FXAA
+
 
no data
TXAA
+
 
no data
Direct Compute
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
12 (12_1)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 870M 14.26
GTX 1660 52.71 +269.6%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 870M 31322
GTX 1660 79435 +153.6%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 870M 4294
GTX 1660 12629 +194.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 870M 4694
GTX 1660 13847 +195%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 870M 7156
GTX 1660 20696 +189.2%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 870M 24035
GTX 1660 57895 +140.9%

Passmark

GTX 870M 3293
GTX 1660 11362 +245%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
82 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M

Less power hungry (100 vs 120 watts)
Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
NVIDIA GameStream
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
NVIDIA BatteryBoost
FXAA
TXAA
Direct Compute
Blu-Ray 3D
NVIDIA SLI-Ready
HDMI
HDCPContentProtection
71ChannelHDAudioOnHDMI
TrueHDAndDTSHDAudioBitstreaming
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

269.6% faster (about 3.5 times) in synthetic tests
Much newer (14 March 2019 vs 12 March 2014)
More pipelines (1408 vs 1344)
Higher memory bandwidth (192.1 vs 120 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)

So, GTX 870M or 1660?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660.
Be aware that GeForce GTX 870M is a notebook card while GeForce GTX 1660 is a desktop one.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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