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RTX 2060 Vs GTX 1660 Super: Gaming Benchmarks 2024

In this comparison we will test the RTX 2060 Vs GTX 1660 Super and see which one is better better when it comes to gaming performance and temperature management.

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Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060

Rated: 8/10

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Super

Rated: 9/10


Pros And Cons

FeaturedPros Cons
GTX 1660 Superβœ… Budget-friendly.
βœ… Takes less power.
❌ Inferior architecture. No Ray Tracing or DLSS.
RTX 2060βœ… Superior gaming performance.Β 
βœ… DLSS and Ray Tracing.
❌Worse cost-to-performance ratio.
Key Takeaways
  • As per my testing, the RTX 2060 performs roughly 18% better in games compared to the GTX 1660 Super.
  • Better thermals were observed throughout the benchmark on the GTX 1660 Super, but the difference was not significant enough to make it a deal breaker. 
  • At launch price, the GTX 1660 super is approximately 26.512% cheaper than the RTX 2060.
  • At launch price, the GTX 1660 Super is an easier recommendation than RTX 2060 for me.

Comparison Table

FeatureNvidia RTX 2060Nvidia GTX 1660 Super
GPU NameTU106TU116
ArchitectureTuringTuring
Transistors10,800 million6,600 million
CUDA Cores19201408
Tensor Cores240None
RT Cores30None
TMUs12088
ROPs4848
Memory Speed336.0 GB/s336.0 GB/s
Launch Price$299$229
Release DateJan 7th, 2019Oct 29th, 2019

Architectural Details

  1. Process NodeBoth the RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Super come with a 12nm processing node introduced by Nvidia with the launch of their turning architecture. 
  2. Clock Speed: At the base clock, the 1660 Super runs at 1530 MHz compared to the 1365 MHz by the 2060. In terms of boost clock, the 1660 super runs at 1785 MHz, whereas the 2060 runs at 1680 MHz.
  3. VRAM: Both the RTX 2060 and the GTX 1660 Super share the same 6GB GDDR6 VRAM, running at 336.0 GB/s, featuring a 192-bit memory bus. 
  4. TDPSince the RTX 2060 has additional dedicated RT and tensor cores onboard, it requires more juice to run. Therefore, I observe a higher TDP on it at around 160 watts. Compared to that, the TDP on the 1660 Super is capped at 125 watts. 
  5. Supported Technologies: Lastly, the RTX 2060’s superior architecture allows it to provide features like Ray Tracing and DLSS, which the 1660 super can not provide due to the lack of dedicated RT and Tensor cores.

Today I will be comparing two old-school GPUs from Nvidia’s Turing architecture. The RTX 2060 vs GTX 1660 Super and see which one aged better over the years and if either of these is worth considering for your rig in 2024.


Gaming Benchmarks

Enough with the specs on paper. Now it’s time to test the actual prowess of both contenders by letting them lock horns against each other in real-world benchmarks such as gaming. 

Testing Rig

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 1080p benchmark - Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
Cyberpunk 2077 1080p benchmark – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In my testing with Cyberpunk 2077, the 2060 consistently produced an average of 80 frames per second. In comparison, the 1660 Super lagged behind with an average of only 68 fps.
  • 1% lows showed 22% difference in favour of 2060. It managed to maintain 64 fps in terms of 1% lows. Meanwhile, the 1660 Super struggled with 51 fps, trailing by 13 frames.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 1080p benchmark - Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
Forza Horizon 5 1080p benchmark – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • According to my observation, It was capable of offering an average of 76 fps. However, it was not able to catch up with the 2060, which was now averaging 90 fps. 
  • The difference in 1% lows was smaller this time, at 17.14% in favour of 2060. It offered an average of 76 1% low fps. The 1660 Super was averaging at 64 fps.  

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 1080p benchmark - Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
Red Dead Redemption 2 1080p benchmark – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • As per my testing in Red Dead Redemption 2, the 2060 was 15% ahead. It provided a total of 77 fps on average in this demanding title. The 1660 Super, at the same time, maxed out at 66 fps. 
  • The difference in 1% lows has dropped down even further, to 13% in favour of 2060. This time, it delivered 63 1% low fps, and a mere 8 frames behind was the 1660 super, at 55 fps. 

God Of War 2018

God of War 1080p benchmark - Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
God of War 1080p benchmark – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  •  The RTX 2060 extended its lead by a margin of 19% this time. It was able to run the game very comfortably at 87 fps, and 15 frames behind was the 1660 Super, maxing out at 72 fps. 
  • In 1% lows, the RTX 2060 was coming ahead with a mere 11% margin. On average, it provided 72 1% low fps. 1660 Super, on the other hand, was 8 frames behind at 64 fps.  

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 1080p benchmark - Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
Dying Light 2 1080p benchmark – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The Dying Light 2 ended up running 25% better on 2060. This time, 2060 was able to completely hammer the 1660 super, giving us an average frame rate of 94 fps. The 1660 Super maxed out at 73 fps. 
  • The difference in 1% lows has escalated to a whopping 26.4% in favour of the RTX 2060.  1% lows yielded by the RTX 2060 were around 77 fps. Contrary to that, the 1660 Super maxes out at 59 1% low fps.  

A Plague Tale Requiem

A Plague Tale Requiem 1080p benchmark - Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
A Plague Tale Requiem 1080p benchmark – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 2060 still comes on top with a whopping 26% margin. On average, it managed to provide 65 fps. The 1660 Super, on the other hand, dropped down below the standard 60 fps mark, yielding an average of 50 fps. 
  • As per my analysis, the difference in 1% lows was smaller, at 22%, in favour of the RTX 2060. 1% lows offered by the RTX 2060 were 51 fps. One frame ahead of the average frame rate of the 1660 Super, which gave us 41 1% low fps.   

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 1080p benchmark - Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
Far Cry 6 1080p benchmark – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 2060 retains its lead in my final benchmark by providing 12% more frames on average. It delivered 79 fps on average compared to the 1660 Super, which was not far behind this time, giving us an average of 70 fps. 
  • The 1% lows saw a slightly smaller difference, as it was still lagging behind 2060 with a margin of 10%. It managed to yield 62 1% low fps on average, compared to the 1660 Super, which was only 6 frames behind, maxing out at 56 fps. 

Overall Gaming Performance 

FeaturedRTX 2060GTX 1660 Super
Average FPS81.71 πŸ“ˆ67.85 πŸ“ˆ
1% lows67.28 πŸ“‰55.71 πŸ“‰
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 2060

In terms of average fps at 1080p, the Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 outperformed the Geforce GTX 1660 Super by around 18.53%. The results of 1% lows didn’t differ too much from what I saw in average fps, as the RTX 2060 is still 18.81% ahead in this aspect. 


Editor`s Note
Image

Both our competitors seem to be doing well as per our testing, however, the aspect where RTX 2060 shines over the 1660 Super is Ray Tracing and DLSS. The architecture may appear similar in the first place, but the 2060 has dedicated Ray Tracing cores that enable this.

– Shehryar Khan


Thermal Efficiency

GameRTX 2060 (Β°C)GTX 1660 Super (Β°C)
Cyberpunk 207770🌑️69🌑️
Forza Horizon 569🌑️69🌑️
Red Dead Redemption 268🌑️68🌑️
God Of War 201870🌑️68🌑️
Dying Light 270🌑️70🌑️
Average Temperature69.57🌑️68.55🌑️
Winner: GTX 1660 Super

During the entire benchmark, the Geforce RTX 2060 ran slightly hotter than the Geforce GTX 1660 Super, but the difference was not significant. It operated 1.47% hotter than the Geforce GTX 1660 Super. This makes Geforce GTX 1660 Super the most thermal efficient out of the two by a very thin margin. 


Pricing And Availability

GPUMSRPCurrent Price
RTX 2060πŸ’²299πŸ’²200
GTX 1660 SuperπŸ’²229πŸ’²160
Price Difference 26.5%20%

Neither of these GPUs is a high-end or mid-tier GPU. Now, at the launch price, the Geforce RTX 2060 is approximately 26.51% more expensive than the GTX 1660 Super. However, the performance difference makes it a little hard to justify that price difference.


GeForce RTX 2060 Vs GTX 1660 Super: Which One Would I Recommend?

GTX 1660 Super: It is a slightly easier recommendation out of the two, in my opinion, since it provides a bit more value for the price it’s being sold at. It is roughly 26% cheaper than the RTX 2060, and on average, it performs 18% worse in games. This means, from a cost-to-performance standpoint, the 1660 Super is the better bang for the buck. Not only that, but it also performed slightly better in terms of thermals. 

RTX 2060: I’d say, If you can spare a few more bucks, you should definitely consider RTX 2060. You will not only get much better performance but also a much superior architecture. This architecture consists of dedicated Ray Tracing and Tensor cores, which provide you additional perks like DLSS and Ray Tracing, which can make or break the performance difference case for 2060.

I personally believe that the GeForce RTX 2060 and Geforce GTX 1660 Super were two of the most popular budget segment GPUs launched by Nvidia back in their time. They are both entry-level graphic cards in their respective series. 


Frequently  Asked Questions

Which one is better for gaming?

The RTX 2060 performs roughly 18% better in games compared to the GTX 1660 Super.

Which is better bang for the buck?

The GTX 1660 Super is the better bang for the buck from a cost-to-performance standpoint. It costs 26% less and performs 18% worse in games.

Which GPU is better for a warmer climate?

Both of these GPUs were not doing exceptionally in terms of thermals. However, the GTX 1660 Super was better by a thin margin.


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