Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1070 – 16 Games Tested!


The new Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti and older GTX 1070
are both good gaming graphics cards, but which should you pick, and is it worth upgrading?
In this video we’ll test out and compare 16 different games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K
resolutions to help you see the performance difference between them, and find out which
is better value for the price. Let’s quickly take a look at how the GTX
1660 Ti and 1070 actually differ in terms of specs, note that things like clock speed
and power will vary between specific cards, these are just the reference specs for each
model. The 1070 has more CUDA cores, and only just slightly higher base clock speed, while
the boost clock on the 1660 Ti is higher. The 1070 also has more memory, but it’s
GDDR5 with different speed. For the testing I’m using the MSI GTX 1660
Ti Gaming X and the Galax GTX 1070 EX, so both cards are factory overclocked out of
the box, which will slightly affect frame rates, so expect slightly different results
with different cards. The system that I’m testing with has an
Intel i7-8700K CPU overclocked to 5.0GHz in an MSI Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard,
along with 16GB of T-Force Night Hawk CL16 memory from Team Group running at DDR4-3200
in dual channel. Check the links in the description for details on all of the components as well
as for up to date pricing. The same Windows updates and Nvidia driver 419.35 was used
for the testing, so let’s get into the results. Let’s start off with Apex Legends, which
was tested with all settings maxed out. In all upcoming graphs I’ve got the GTX 1070
shown by the top bar in red, while the GTX 1660 Ti is shown below in purple, while the
three different resolutions, 1080p, 1440p and 4K are shown on the left. In terms of
average FPS the 1660 Ti was about 3% slower than the 1070 at 1080p, while the 1660 Ti
takes the lead at 1440p and 4K, coming out 6.5% and 15% faster respectively. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark using high settings, and the 1660 Ti was ahead at all resolutions
in this game. At 1080p it was 3% ahead of the 1070, 7% ahead at 1440p, and then almost
9% ahead at 4K, with larger improvements to 1% low also seen as we step up the resolution. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode
rather than multiplayer, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the test run. Both
cards were providing a playable experience at 1080p and 1440p resolutions, with the 1660
Ti 5% ahead of the 1070 at 1080p, and 6% ahead at 1440p. At 4K things change, with the 1660
Ti now 10% behind the 1070, with the 1% low from the 1070 actually above the average frame
rate of the 1660 Ti, although this doesn’t practically matter given 30 FPS for a first
person shooter isn’t a fun time. Far Cry New Dawn was tested using the built
in benchmark with high settings, and there was basically no difference between the two
when it came to average frames. The 1% lows are a different story though, with the 1660
Ti consistently delivering higher results, as the 1070 was dipping more in this test. Far Cry 5 was also tested using the built
in benchmark with high settings, and this game was seeing higher FPS over the newer
Far Cry New Dawn just shown. The average frame rates were also very close together in this
game regardless of graphics card used, however this time the 1% lows were much closer together. Fortnite was tested using the replay feature
with the exact same replay on both graphics cards. In this test the 1070 was coming out
ahead of the 1660 Ti at all resolutions, both in average FPS and for 1% low. At 1080p the
1070 was 6% ahead in terms of average FPS, 11% at 1440p, and then 17% at 4K, where it
was noticeably smoother at 4K on the 1070, but no noticeable difference at lower resolutions. Metro Exodus was tested with the built in
benchmark at high settings. The actual game performs a fair bit ahead of this, so this
is more of a synthetic test rather than representative of actual game play, but it does allow me
to accurately compare between the two graphics cards as it performs the same test run on
each with very little variance. With that in mind, the 1070 was again coming out ahead
of the 1660 Ti in all tests here, with a 4% lead in average FPS at both 1080p and 1440p,
then just 3% at 4K. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested
using the built in benchmark with high settings. This seems to be more of a graphically intensive
test, and the 1660 Ti was coming out ahead at all three resolutions. At 1080p the 1660
Ti was 3% ahead of the 1070, 5% ahead at 1440p, and then 6% ahead at 4K. Rainbow Six Siege was tested using the built
in benchmark at high settings, with a 50% render scale and T-AA in use as these were
default with the presets. This is a game that I’ve found to prefer Nvidia’s new Turing
architecture, so it was no surprise to me to see the 1660 Ti coming out ahead here.
At 1080p we’re looking at a 13% improvement to average FPS with the 1660 Ti, 12% at 1440p,
and 9% at 4K. There were also very nice improvements to 1% lows at lower resolutions too, up to
a 27% increase with the 1660 Ti at 1080p. CS:GO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark,
and both cards were delivering very high frame rates. The 1070 was coming out ahead of the
1660 Ti in all resolutions at this test, with 6% higher average FPS at 1080p, 7% at 1440p,
and 15% at 4K. Overwatch was tested in the practice range
as I can easily perform the same test run compared to playing with bots or other players
which will differ every time. While both of these graphics cards were capable of delivering
a playable 4K experience, even with ultra settings, the 1070 was consistently ahead
in this game. At 1080p the 1070 was 7.5% ahead of the 1660 Ti in average FPS, 7.8% at 1440p,
then 9.5% at 4K. PUBG was tested using the replay feature with
the exact same replay at high settings. This was another game where 1440p with good settings
was quite playable, but I wouldn’t want to step up higher to 4K with either. The 1660
Ti was coming out ahead in average FPS at all resolutions tested, however it was quite
close. At 1080p the 1070 was actually seeing 12% higher 1% lows, which I’d argue is more
beneficial over the 2 FPS difference to the average, given both are already over 100 FPS,
however this changed at 1440p with the 1660 Ti now 18% ahead in 1% low. Watch Dogs 2 is a resource intensive game
and was tested with high settings. In my opinion this one doesn’t need a high frame rate
to play, I can get by with a solid 30 FPS, so both cards were actually giving me a playable
experience at 4K. At all resolutions though there was basically no noticeable difference
between the two. Ghost Recon was tested with the built in benchmark
and high settings in use, and is another resource heavy game. The 1070 was just slightly ahead
of the 1660 Ti here, but only by a small amount, just 0.9% at 1080p and 1440p, then 4.7% at
4K. The Witcher 3 was tested with Hairworks disabled,
and like most other games was playable at both 1080p and 1440p even with high settings
in use. The 1660 Ti was coming out ahead in all three resolutions, however it was a close
match with the 1070 not far behind, with no real practical difference between the two. Shadow of War was tested using the built in
benchmark with high settings, and this is another game that I’ve found to favour Nvidia’s
new Turing architecture. In this case it doesn’t really seem to be making much of a difference
though, with the 1660 Ti 1.6% ahead at 1080p, 3.6% ahead at 1440p, and 2.4% at 4K. In terms of overall improvement, over all
16 games tested with a 1080p resolution on average the GTX 1660 Ti was performing just
0.5% better when compared with the GTX 1070 in terms of average FPS. There wasn’t really
that big of a gain on the 1660 Ti, other than from the games that really seem to favour
the Turing architecture, like Rainbow Six Siege. At 1440p on average over the same 16 games
the GTX 1660 Ti was now scoring 0.9% higher average frame rates when compared with the
GTX 1070, so only a very small change on average from what we saw at 1080p. Again we only seem
to be in the positive for the 1660 Ti due to Rainbow Six Siege. At 4K we’re now seeing the scales tip towards
the 1070, with more games performing better with it compared to the 1660 Ti, perhaps due
to the larger memory of the 1070 which becomes more useful at these higher resolution. Realistically
though neither of these are 4K cards. When it comes down to it, I don’t think
there’s very much of a performance difference between these two graphics cards, they’re
quite similar once we average things out, but it does of course depend on the game. It’s also worth noting that the GTX 1070
does have SLI support, while the 1660 Ti does not, so technically you could expand the 1070
with a second card to improve performance, however considering how hit or miss SLI support
is in games I wouldn’t consider that as an upgrade path, and would instead recommend
the best single slot card you can get at the time. I haven’t tested overclocking here, as results
aren’t guaranteed and will vary between hardware based on what overclocks you can
get, realistically it generally only makes a couple of FPS difference, but I will cover
overclocking in the full review videos. Now for the final difference, the price. I
suggest checking updated prices using the links in the description, as prices will change
over time. At the time of recording, in the US my GTX 1660 Ti I’m testing with is $310
USD. I am using a higher end 1660 Ti however, it just happened to be a good deal for me
here in Australia when I bought it, lower end models can be had for around $280 though.
As for the GTX 1070, well prices are a bit sad there, they seem to be around $450 USD
new minimum on Newegg. Many stores are already no longer even stocking the GTX 1070, as supply
starts to dry up. This will likely mean that over time, the price will continue to go up
further as they become difficult to buy new. As a result the second hand market will eventually
become the only practical option, if not already, which completely changes the value proposition.
I got my 1070 second hand for about $220 USD in October 2018 for example. Looking at brand new prices, I think the 1660
Ti is the clear winner, simply because it’s only just launched it’s much more widely
available, and as we’ve seen here it is capable of similar levels of performance on
average, though it does of course vary by game, although it is possible that in future
the extra memory of the 1070 may be more beneficial. If you don’t mind not getting brand new
with a warranty, then look for a second hand 1070, there’s great value there. If we plug
the numbers in, I spent $220 USD on my 1070 and $310 USD on my 1660 Ti, so I’ve spent
40% more money on the 1660 Ti. If I got a cheaper $280 1660 Ti instead then I’m still
paying 27% more money over the used 1070, but this is of course only the difference
in graphics cards. When you factor in the whole price of a system, the percentage value
is much less. Basically if I was buying new today, I’d just go with the 1660 Ti and
get the warranty, but if you’re on a tight budget and want to save some money try and
find a used 1070. Otherwise if you’re looking to upgrade and
already have a 1070, well it makes no sense to go a 1660 Ti, I’d be looking at something
higher. Let me know which card you’d pick down in
the comments and why, the newer GTX 1660 Ti or older GTX 1070, and don’t forget to subscribe
for more comparisons and future tech videos like this one.

100 thoughts on “Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1070 – 16 Games Tested!

  1. i going for gtx 16660 Ti because more fps still and more cheaper price but if the gtx 1070 fps was more i will go for the gtx 1070 but if you already have gtx 1070 then keep it if you want to upgrade go for gtx 2080 or wait for gtx 3060 or gtx 3070 or gtx 3080

  2. It's ok if I get a second hand 1070 for $212? A new 1660ti is $315 in my country. And what should I know if buying a second hand card? What should I test if I the seller let's me test it?

  3. so i have a 1050 ti, obviously i have a small budget since i’m only 15 and have to save up for car stuff and pay for my whole setup, desk, speakers, peripherals basically. is the 1660 ti or the 1070 better for me? i want like 160-180 fps on low setting with no BIG dips below 100

  4. I'd prefer both the 1660 Ti or the 1070 depending on what you want to do with it. Also if you do have some extra cash (usually $50 extra) you can buy into an RTX 2060 which is viable for gaming. Overall the GTX 1660, 1660 Ti, and 1070 are made for the budget gamers out there who want a stable 60 fps on 1080p with High quality settings

    edit: I'd recommend the RTX 2060 if you want some better performance at 1440p or better performance at 1080p like 100fps

  5. 1070 has SLi… Why it's the better deal. 1660 is not SLi. So if you upgrade from it. You have to replace the whole card for a 70 or 80 series…

  6. In UK, a new 1660Ti is about 255 pounds; for the same price you can get a 1070Ti second hand. Normal 1070s can be found for as low as 180 pounds…I'm tempted to buy a 1070Ti, but it won't have warranty and it will certainly consume a lot more and very likely to produce more noise under load.

  7. Certain games will leverage the 8 gigs of RAM the 1070 has. I got Resident Evil 2 earlier this year and it was using 7 gigs maxed out. You can ofc dial down the details a bit and it looks pretty much the same so not imo a deal breaker.

  8. Finally an option for consumers who don't want to pay the significant RTX tax for useless cores, wasted die space, less power effiency for features 99% gamers don't use or need.

    And it brings Turing architecture over Pascal which gives a sizeable boost in DX12/Vulkan or Open World games taking benefits of concurrent FP and INT Execution datapaths.
    Has GDDR 6 VRAM.
    IMHO this is worth it over the 2 extra GB of GDDR5 VRAM of the 1070.
    The 1660TI is an 1080p high refresh rate GPU, so I don't think it will be VRAM starved at that rez.
    People seeing Apex Legends or Resident Evil 2 using as much VRAM as they can get (even 16GB of the Radeon VII) are mistaking, the engine is caching all available video memory just in case of, not actually using it.
    You won't see any performance difference at 1080p between 6 GB Vram or 8 GB Vram at 1080p. Maybe with AAA 2020/21 titles it will start to be VRAM starved but by then it's time to upgrade if you want 1080p Ultra setting high refresh rate.
    Lastly, my last advice is wait for Navi if you can, it will beat the GTX 1660ti, have a minimum of 8GB of either GDDR6 or HBM2 VRAM and Nvidia will be forced to lower prices on the GTX1660ti to be competitive.
    If you're looking to buy a gaming laptop with a GTX 1660ti buy now, because with Q3 fall release date, Navi will not be integrated by laptop OEMs until spring 2020.

  9. drivers are being nerfed game optimizations are bad. i recently bought a gtx 1070 g1 rev 2.0 for 450 cad.

  10. I am a bit frustrated on why you chose medium settings on csgo when testing these cards. The csgo skins market really makes being able to play the game with very high graphics to show the beauty of the skins and their shadows and shine. So plz in the future, try to use higher graphics settings when testing on csgo. I am actually looking at buying the 1660 ti in the next day and am watching many videos and comparisons between it and other similar cards. Being that I stream csgo and love playing the game weekly, this comparison was rough on my info needed to buy a new video card. Great video overall, but still dont like not having csgo on higher settings when most of the other games that you tested, you did use high or ultra settings. Thx

  11. Gtx 1660 win with Turing possibility, with the price, with the temperature, with the noise, with the design and ihave better possibilities to be upgraded in the driver,.
    SO what are you talking about of saving money? you can buy 220$ but with no guarantee and without any garantee of having a garantee if something happen with the GPU so what you prefer saving 4.9% of money with an used without garantee of noting in the moment and after, or save ~38% of your money buying GTX 1660 than the GTX 1070 brand-new and have guarantee of the GPU all is working perfectly and 2 years of guarantee.

    People already save alot of money for the same performance or even better performance coming with the driver updade of GTX 1660 what you prefer?

  12. I get better performance with my evga 1070 sc than the galax version. But then again i have my clocked at 2000 mhz. Seems like the msi would outperform the galax either way with better cooling and efficiency.

  13. Nice video, 👍😉. I have a gtx 970 actually and I would like to upgrade it so which cards is better For the same price 323,74 dollars. I have choice between a GeForce GTX 1070 G1 GAMING, 8 Go and MSI GeForce GTX 1660ti GAMING X, 6 Go. Someone could advise me pls?

  14. I have a gtx 1059ti should I go for a 1660 ti or 1070 btw I come form the UK so it might cost a little different

  15. Hmmm looking to upgrade my 1050 ti. The 1660Ti could be it.

    The game I play used to run fine with 1059 ti, but they did another major update and now my fps fluctuates from low 60s to low 30s.

  16. Going to upgrade my AMD R9 290 to GTX 1660TI, my amd card is 5 years old and its a good time to upgrade

  17. I have been using my old PC since 2011. I had a i5-2500k with 16 GB Ram and I upgraded it to R9 280X later. Now I am considering about buying a new gaming notebook because I will be going to university. So there is a cheap gaming notebook in here Turkey that has GTX 1660 Tİ with i7-9750. Should I buy it?

  18. Hey i need help this is my build so far my budget is 700 its at 703 so fine here it is i have 6 months ik ik
    OLOy – 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

    EVGA – GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB XC GAMING Video Card

    Motherboard

    MSI – B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard

    AMD – Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor

    Case

    Corsair – 270R ATX Mid Tower Case

    Power Supply

    Corsair – CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

    (Storage

    TCSunBow – X3 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

  19. 1070-1070ti=570ti
    1070(1-ti)=570ti
    1070/570=ti/1-ti
    1.8(1-ti)=ti
    1.8-1.8ti=ti
    1.8=2.8ti
    ti=0.64 and that is why the gtx 1660ti is 0.64% better illuminaty confirmed ..👁️

  20. make sure that galax 1070 is HOF and check the difference on it not that EX it has the lower galax 1070 editions

  21. Does this translate to laptop GPUs as well? I know for PC, the 2060 is better than the 1070 but that is not the case with laptops. How about in this case? Is laptop 1070 slightly better than 1660ti as well or no?

  22. Looks like anyone who had buy 1070 just now and after wachig these he gonna destroy his graphic card😂😂😂😂

  23. Pretty abysmal performance from the 1660 Ti considering you get used GTX 1070'sf for $200-220 on Reddit and eBay.

  24. they still have new 1070s on eBay im bidding on one now if it goes above 200.00 ill let it split.If I have to buy new ill get the 1660 ti auros its 309, but for that extra 10.00 you get a 4 year warranty

  25. Interesting. I was planning on using a GTX 1070 in a new build I'm planning, but if I can find a 1660 ti for around $200 I could go either way. (I'm buying used lol new cards ain't worth it)

  26. I don't hate on 750 950 or any of the weird card buyers, but something about them makes me just loathe them for purchase. They aren't bad, but they never seem to make sense for what I like, they don't sli, they aren't mid range at all, and their prices are almost always a rip off when compared to superior hardware. I wouldn't buy one mostly because if you ever upgrade, the old gpu is less than useless, it's hated.

  27. 2:58 it seems that gtx 1070 wins because of it's 8gb memory, 1660 ti will be choppy as shown by it's 1% low graph, it may have 30 fps avg, but it will be less smooth overall

  28. The 1660ti is actually pretty similar to the 1070 and it’s way cheaper here in the uk. It’s £200 cheaper so why not get one.

  29. I’m coming from the GTX 950 so I don’t think I could do wrong with either one. I picked the 1660ti. Excited to try it out next week.

  30. quite satisfied with my GTX 1070 Zotac AMP Extreme Edition Triple fan fastest GTX 1070 on all 1070 xD OC mode can easily play on 1440p any games with decent fps on high settings

  31. I went with the same exact model you have, Gaming X, and overclocked im matching 2060 performance for 100$ less. I upgraded from a gtx 670. I don’t “game” but I run Xplane which is a monster of a program and I’m able to comfortably run 20 to 30 FPS in payware environments and upwards to 40 and 50 FPS in less populated areas. Which for 300$ is pretty good considering at least with xplane, 20 series cards tend to perform within 10 frames of what I’m seeing with my overclocked card.

    My system specs.

    MSI b360 gaming arctic
    I5 9400f
    MSI 1660ti Gaming X
    16gb Corsair vengeance pro 2666 (b360 can’t go faster so 2666 it is lol)

    For gaming this thing is no slouch. Love the card and happy I went with it.

  32. what's everyone's thoughts on this card running the new modern warfare? I have ryzen 5 2600 with gigabyte 1660 ti 16gb ram aorus b450m gaming motherboard? Im praying that it will run smooth without stuttering.

  33. I used a 1660 Ti in my latest build and I'm happy that I chose to include it. Good budget card for the price to performance ratio, especially when considering that it sells for as low as $270 USD, whereas the 1070 still goes for around $500 to $600 USD new.

  34. pretty tough comparison Jarrod!
    I've been watchin ya since 10k subs and now you almost enter 100k ayy congrats in advance 😛

  35. Hello sir i am confused whether i shud buy laptop with gtx 1660ti or gtx 1650 or gtx 1070 can u help…. Also how good is lenovo legion Y740 with rtx 2070…. I am confused

  36. Asus rog strix gtx 1660 ti advanced edition for 410$ or msi gtx 1660 ti gaming x for 430$?? (I know, prices in my country is shit)

  37. I have a gtx 1060 3gb at the moment and I am looking to upgrade, I have considered a 1070 for around £280, yet I have seen the 1660 ti and I have no idea what to upgrade to. Any suggestions?

  38. Which one would you prefer :-
    MSI Armor GTX 1070 8GB or MSI GamingX GTX 1660 ti 6GB
    A shop in my country put GTX 1070 on sale for $10 less than GTX 1660 ti. It comes with a 3 year warranty and it's new.

  39. Bro i found this build
    I5 9400F
    Gtx 1070 8gb
    8gb ram ddr4 2400mhz hyperx
    With all other stuff for 560 usd
    OR this one
    Ryzen 5 3600
    Gtx 1660 ti
    16gb ram 3000mhz Hyperx
    With all other stuff for 905 usd
    Which one should i go for
    Price/performance

  40. I’m wanting to go from a gtx 960 to either an RTX 2060 or a 1660ti. This is most likely an obvious choice but which one would be the better buy?

  41. What would you recommend nowadays for similar price and oomph? Is the 1660 ti still a good choice since the 1070 is harder to find?

  42. so i have a gtx 780 that recently died. is 1660ti a good replacement? i wanna save some money since the rtx 2060 is 100 euros more.

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