It’s SUPER man
In July of this year, NVIDIA announced and launched its “SUPER” refresh of the GeForce RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080. We’ve evaluated the Founders Edition RTX 2070 SUPER and 2060 SUPER at launch, as well as the Founders Edition RTX 2080 SUPER later that month. We have also reviewed a retail ASUS RTX 2070 SUPER and a retail MSI RTX 2080 SUPER.
Well, NVIDIA isn’t done refreshing its lineup, now it’s time for the current generation GeForce GTX series to get the SUPER refresh. Some of these video cards aren’t even that old, only being released earlier this year. It’s like that famous Oprah car giveaway meme, “You get a SUPER refresh!” and “You get a SUPER refresh!” and “You get a SUPER refresh!” In this instance, all GeForce series GPUs get the SUPER treatment!
Today NVIDIA is announcing and launching the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER. NVIDIA is also announcing (but not launching yet) the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER. The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER won’t be available until November 22nd. Therefore, today we will focus on the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.
We have a GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GPU based video card with the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC 6G video card. The reason why we have a retail card from an AIB and not a Founders Edition is because there are no Founders Editions. This is what is called a partner board launch, so you will see customized video cards with factory overclocks. We are getting ahead of ourselves, let’s first talk about what the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is.
NVIDIA’s SUPER Goals
Before we talk about the specifications, you should understand what NVIDIA’s official goals are with the SUPER refresh line of video cards. In NVIDIA’s own words:
“Like the GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs launched earlier this year, the new SUPER GPUs are designed to provide a performance boost for gamers who are looking to upgrade their PC’s graphics.”
“Based on the same TU116 GPU used in the rest of the GeForce GTX 1660 Series lineup, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is up to 1.5 times faster than the previous generation GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and launches on October 29th. The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is also built on the TU116 GPU and offers up to 2x the performance of the GeForce GTX 1050. The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER launches on November 22nd.”
NVIDIA is intending the SUPER video cards to be a great solution as an upgrade path from older generation video cards.