NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M vs 1660
Comparison of GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
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.
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Standard memory configuration
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660.
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
eDP 1.2 signal support
Up to 3840x2160
LVDS signal support
Up to 1920x1200
VGA аnalog display support
Up to 2048x1536
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Up to 3840x2160
HDCP content protection
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
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.
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660, sometimes including their particular versions.
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%
GTX 870M 3293
GTX 1660 11362 +245%
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 870M and GeForce GTX 1660. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
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)
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)
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.