RTX 2060 vs GTX 1660 Super

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.25
 
2.60
Architecture
Turing
 
Turing
GPU code name
Turing TU106
 
Turing TU116
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
6 January 2019 (2 years ago)
 
29 October 2019 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$349
 
$229
Price now
$879 (2.5x MSRP)
 
$697 (3x MSRP)

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1920
 
1408
Core clock speed
1320 MHz
 
1530 MHz
Boost clock speed
1620 MHz
 
1785 MHz
Number of transistors
10,800 million
 
6,600 million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
160 Watt
 
125 Watt
Texture fill rate
201.6
 
157.1

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
229 mm
 
229 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 8-pin
 
1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR6
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
6 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
14000 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
336.0 GB/s
 
336.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
G-SYNC support
+
 
+

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready
+
 
no data
NVENC
no data
 
+
Ansel
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 Ultimate (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.2.131
CUDA
7.5
 
7.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RTX 2060 51.42 +9.4%
GTX 1660 Super 47.02

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

RTX 2060 107083 +19.5%
GTX 1660 Super 89616

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RTX 2060 16267 +10.4%
GTX 1660 Super 14738

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

RTX 2060 19338 +24.5%
GTX 1660 Super 15531

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

RTX 2060 27163 +27.2%
GTX 1660 Super 21347

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

RTX 2060 60454 +0.2%
GTX 1660 Super 60318

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

RTX 2060 424149
GTX 1660 Super 474128 +11.8%

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

RTX 2060 101 +21.7%
GTX 1660 Super 83

SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

This part of SPECviewperf 12 workstation benchmark uses Autodesk Maya 13 engine to render a superhero energy plant static scene consisting of more than 700 thousand polygons, in six different modes.

RTX 2060 127
GTX 1660 Super 128 +0.8%

SPECviewperf 12 - 3ds Max

This part of SPECviewperf 12 benchmark emulates work with 3DS Max, executing eleven tests in various use scenarios, including architectural modeling and animation for computer games.

RTX 2060 184 +19.5%
GTX 1660 Super 154

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

RTX 2060 13876 +9.4%
GTX 1660 Super 12689

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

RTX 2060 satisfies 100% minimum and 99% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%

GTX 1660 Super satisfies 100% minimum and 98% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
98%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
98%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
RTX 2060
GTX 1660 Super
1080p
 
120 +18.8%
101 −18.8%
1440p
 
76 +20.6%
63 −20.6%
4K
 
50 +31.6%
38 −31.6%

1920x1080
Medium Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
92 +4.5%
 
88 −4.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
79 +19.7%
 
66 −19.7%
Battlefield 5
 
145 +49.5%
 
97 −49.5%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
135 +15.4%
 
117 −15.4%
Far Cry 5
 
103 −1.9%
 
105 +1.9%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
101 −1%
 
102 +1%
Forza Horizon 4
 
140 −2.9%
 
144 +2.9%
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
101 +14.8%
 
88 −14.8%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
102 +32.5%
 
77 −32.5%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
107 +7%
 
100 −7%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
101 +21.7%
 
83 −21.7%

1920x1080
High Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
78 +6.8%
 
73 −6.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
64 +33.3%
 
48 −33.3%
Battlefield 5
 
129 +55.4%
 
83 −55.4%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
118 +31.1%
 
90 −31.1%
Far Cry 5
 
99 +1%
 
98 −1%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
97 +1%
 
96 −1%
Forza Horizon 4
 
131 −3.1%
 
135 +3.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
78 +20%
 
65 −20%
Metro Exodus
 
67 +26.4%
 
53 −26.4%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
56 +30.2%
 
43 −30.2%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
96 +12.9%
 
85 −12.9%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
136 +24.8%
 
109 −24.8%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
87 +22.5%
 
71 −22.5%

1920x1080
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
56 +9.8%
 
51 −9.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
55 +25%
 
44 −25%
Battlefield 5
 
119 +54.5%
 
77 −54.5%
Far Cry 5
 
94 +2.2%
 
92 −2.2%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
88 +1.1%
 
87 −1.1%
Forza Horizon 4
 
105 −1.9%
 
107 +1.9%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
73 +21.7%
 
60 −21.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
45 +45.2%
 
31 −45.2%

2560x1440
High Settings

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
76 +28.8%
 
59 −28.8%
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
52 +18.2%
 
44 −18.2%
Metro Exodus
 
42 +31.3%
 
32 −31.3%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
35 +29.6%
 
27 −29.6%

2560x1440
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
42 +23.5%
 
34 −23.5%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
76 +16.9%
 
65 −16.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
30 +25%
 
24 −25%

4K
High Settings

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
43 +34.4%
 
32 −34.4%
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
30 +25%
 
24 −25%
Metro Exodus
 
26 +23.8%
 
21 −23.8%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
24
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
32 +23.1%
 
26 −23.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
51 +27.5%
 
40 −27.5%

4K
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
28 +16.7%
 
24 −16.7%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
24 +33.3%
 
18 −33.3%
Battlefield 5
 
53 +47.2%
 
36 −47.2%
Far Cry 5
 
41 +24.2%
 
33 −24.2%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
42 +20%
 
35 −20%
Forza Horizon 4
 
59 +9.3%
 
54 −9.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
17 +41.7%
 
12 −41.7%

Competitors of GeForce RTX 2060 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 2060 from AMD is Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 2060:

Competitors of GeForce GTX 1660 Super from AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 1660 Super's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX Vega 56, which is faster by 7% and higher by 9 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1660 Super:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

9.4% higher performance in benchmarks

More pipelines (1920 vs 1408)

DLSS

Raytracing

VR Ready

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super

Somewhat newer (29 October 2019 vs 6 January 2019)

Cheaper ($697 vs $879)

Lower power consumption (125W vs 160W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

NVENC

Ansel

HDCP

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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