Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060 – 16 Games Tested!


The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 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 RTX 2060 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 2060 has more CUDA cores, although the 1660 Ti has higher base and boost clock
speeds. Both have 6GB of GDDR6 memory, however the 2060’s is faster. For the testing I’m using the MSI GTX 1660
Ti Gaming X and the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Windforce OC, so both cards are factory overclocked
a bit 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 drivers were used for the
testing, so let’s get into the results. Let’s kick things off with Apex Legends,
which was tested with all settings maxed out. In all upcoming graphs I’ve got the RTX
2060 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 all tests
in terms of average FPS the 2060 was coming out ahead of the 1660 Ti, however the difference
seems to be larger at lower resolutions. At 1080p the 2060 was 23% ahead of the 1660 Ti,
the largest result out of all 16 games tested at this resolution, 8% ahead at 1440p, then
just 1.3% ahead at 4K with no major difference. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark using high settings, and there’s less of a difference between
the two in this game. At 1080p the RTX 2060 was 5% ahead of the GTX 1660 Ti, 6% ahead
at 1440p, then 9% ahead at 4K. This game saw one of the smallest differences between the
two graphics cards out of all 16 tested. 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, however the
RTX 2060 was 15% faster in terms of average FPS at both 1080p and 1440p, and then a massive
30% ahead at 4K, granted it wasn’t really playable at 4K on either card anyway. Far Cry New Dawn was tested using the built
in benchmark with high settings, and there wasn’t too much of a difference between
the two here. At 1080p we’re looking at an 8% higher average frame rate with the RTX
2060, then 11% at 1440p and almost 14% at 4K, with even smaller differences seen between
1% low results. 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 improvements were pretty similar though, with the RTX 2060
7% ahead of the GTX 1660 Ti at 1080p, 12% ahead at 1440p, and then also 14% ahead at
4K, with a little more improvement to 1% low this time. Fortnite was tested using the replay feature
with the exact same replay on both graphics cards. At 1080p the RTX 2060 was 17% ahead
of the GTX 1660 Ti, 20% at 1440p, the largest difference out of all 16 games tested at 1440p,
and then 21% higher average FPS at 4K. There were also fair improvements to 1% low, with
a 14% boost at 1080p, 10% at 1440p, and 16% at 4K, where the 1% low at 4K from the 2060
wasn’t too far below the average FPS from the 1660 Ti. 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, 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, in this test at 1080p there was a huge 20% improvement with the RTX 2060 at
1080p and 1440p, and 17% higher at 4K, making this one of the biggest improvements over
the 1660 Ti out of all games covered. 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 there were even improvements as we step up in resolution. At 1080p the RTX
2060 was giving us 13% higher average FPS when compared against the GTX 1660 Ti, rising
to 14% at 1440p, and then 15% 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. Interestingly the 1% low results from the RTX 2060 were actually
behind the 1660 Ti in this test, but this is the one game I have consistently seen odd
performance in since Nvidia’s new Turing cards came out. In average frame rate the
2060 was 8% ahead of the 1660 Ti at 1080p, 13% ahead at 1440p, then 16% higher at 4K. CS:GO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark,
and both cards were delivering very high frame rates. At 1080p the RTX 2060 was getting 9%
higher average frame rates when compared with the GTX 1660 Ti, 8% at 1440p and then a 13%
boost was seen at 4K. There was a slightly higher improvement seen in the 1% lows, a
14% improvement at 1080p, 8% at 1440p, and 14% at 4K with the 2060. 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. Both graphics cards were capable of playing this well optimized
game at 4K, even with ultra settings in use, and very high frame rates were achieved at
lower resolutions, I doubt you’d really notice a difference playing on either. At both 1080p
and 1440p the RTX 2060 was giving us 17% higher average FPS over the GTX 1660 Ti, then 16%
higher 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. With
the resolution set to 1080p or 1440p the RTX 2060 was performing 15% above the GTX 1660
Ti in average FPS, then slightly higher at 17% with 4K. Larger improvements were seen
to 1% low at 1080p though, which is arguably more important once high averages are achievable. 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 1080p we’re looking at just a 6% improvement to average FPS, 10%
at 1440p, and then 14% at 4K, where the 1% low from the 2060 was now very close to the
average FPS from the 1660 Ti. Ghost Recon was tested with the built in benchmark
and high settings in use, and is another resource heavy game. The RTX 2060 was coming out 14%
ahead in average FPS at 1080p and 1440p, then 15% ahead of the 1660 Ti at 4K. Similar improvements
were seen to the 1% lows, though they look much nicer on the 2060 in this graph, 14%
at 1080p and 1440p, then 18% higher at 4K. The frame rate at 4K with either card wasn’t
great, but respectable FPS was possible at 1440p or lower. The Witcher 3 was tested with Hairworks disabled,
and was performing very well at 1080p and 1440p, I wouldn’t want to play at high settings
with 4K on either card. At 1080p there was a nice improvement of 17% to the average frame
rate with the 2060 in use, a 15% boost at 1440p, and then slightly less once more at
4K with a 14% improvement. Shadow of War was tested using the built in
benchmark with high settings, and this was the one game that saw worse performance on
the RTX 2060, at least at 1080p and 1440p, it was slightly ahead at 4K but they were
very close together. In terms of overall improvement, over all
16 games tested with a 1080p resolution on average the RTX 2060 was performing 12% better
than the GTX 1660 Ti in average FPS. More CPU heavy games like Assassin’s Creed saw
a smaller difference, while Shadow of War seems to be the only one that prefers the
1660 Ti for some reason. At 1440p on average over the same 16 games
the RTX 2060 was now scoring 12.3% higher average frame rates when compared with the
GTX 1660 Ti, so only a very small change to the average over what we just saw in the 1080p
results. At 4K the RTX 2060 was now on average 14.4%
better than the GTX 1660 Ti in these games. The average frame rate difference typically
improves further as we step up in resolution as we start becoming more GPU bound. Despite
seeing the highest improvement in terms of overall average at this resolution, neither
of these cards were really able to play 4K well with the high settings I used. 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’ll cover
overclocking in the full review videos for each of these cards, so get subscribed for
that. 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 RTX 2060 goes for around $370 USD, while
the GTX 1660 Ti I’m testing with is $310 USD. I am using a higher end 1660 Ti though,
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. When we look at the exact models I’m testing
with, it costs 19% more money to go from 1660 Ti to 2060, although if we factor in a cheaper
1660 Ti at $280 that rises to 32% more money. Given we’re seeing 12% to 14% higher average
FPS over all three tested resolutions in these 16 games, I find it hard to suggest the RTX
2060, as the 1660 Ti is better value for the money for the performance that it’s providing.
Considering in most cases I couldn’t tell the difference while playing on either at
1080p or 1440p I’d personally be leaning towards buying a 1660 Ti. From what I’ve
seen so far in the few games we have that support it, RTX doesn’t perform all that
well on the 2060 anyway, so I wouldn’t be upset to miss out on that feature at this
time. The 1660 Ti is offering a similar experience for less money and is what I’d go for at
the moment, maybe if there are some nice RTX price cuts things could change. If you’re watching this in the future and
already have a 1660 Ti and you’re thinking of upgrading to a 2060, it’s hard for me
to say right now as by that time the price will have changed, but based on the information
on hand today I don’t think that’s a worthwhile upgrade path. Let me know which card you’d pick down in
the comments and why, the GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060, and don’t forget to subscribe for
more comparisons and future tech videos like this one.

100 thoughts on “Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060 – 16 Games Tested!

  1. Wow i came here after the Asus Zephyrus GX701 games benchmark. Amazing how the fastest max Q 2080 cant even beat a desktop 1660ti.

  2. When you say very high frame rates were achieved at lower resolutions for Overwatch much FPS was it around? I'm thinking of buying a 1440p, 144hz, 27 inch montior and I have the same specs as the video. Do you think I could get away with the high resoltuion and achieve over 144hz on shooters such as Overwatch and the upcoming Call of Duty?
    Also I think when playing games that dont require quick shooting I wont even notice having under 100 fps.

  3. Why all the reviewers do testing in Rtx OFF and never share the result of when its ON…

    I understand that 1660ti does not have tech like RTX but thats the whole reason we want to see difference between them is it worth it rtx 2060 or not.

  4. i have to pay 70 dollars to upgrade to the 2060 from the 1660ti is it worth it, i will be on a 1080p monitor and i also am going to play vr on it

  5. Why am I concerned about 1660 ti to not able to run 1440p well. I don't even have a 1440p monitor. Heck I'm using a laptop

  6. Should I get a 1660 ti (core clock 1500 MHz) (boost clock 1890 MHz) (Best 1660ti) or Should I get a RTX 2060 (core clock 1365 MHz) (Boost clock 1755 MHz)(cheapest 2060) and they both cost $299.99

  7. I could choose between a msi gaming z 1660ti for 325 euros vs a single fan asus rtx 2060 for 350 euros, i really dont know what to go for

  8. So Gtx1660 Overlocked=1660Ti, and 1660Ti is not bad Vs 2060, so u should be good if u just buy Gtx1660 and overlock it.

  9. Yeah, but lets be honest, who’s gonna run all of their games at max settings if most people who can afford these cards have 144hz monitors.

  10. Hey. Thanks for making such videos. I hope you're still replying to comments. I had to choose between a 1660ti and a RTX 2060 laptop and I went for the 1660ti because it was cheaper (140€) and both have a 1080p screen so the performance wouldn't be much different (both have 144 Hertz tho). So, do you think it was a good choice? Thanks in advance!

  11. In centrecom (computer parts and accessories store) in the website, the msi ventus 1660ti is $449 and the cheapest 2060 is a GigaByte overclock that is 559. There is another one that is ten extra dollars which is an EVGA one, should I save up the time extra 120 Dollars or so or should I pick the ventus?

    Or are there any other better brand GPUs for both the 1660ti and 2060?

  12. so after checking a few reviews,
    if upgrading on a budget – 1660Ti
    if building a brand new rig – just get rtx2060

  13. What would you recommend the 1660 ti or 2060? Since not to many games support RTX. Not the games i play atleast like r6s etc.

  14. Games look better and perform better with RTX 2060. If you can expand your budget because it's a one time investment for few years, definitely choose RTX 2060.

  15. Just got a 2060 for 310 which is only 40 more the cheap 1660ti’s. That’s around a 13 percent increase in price so know it makes total sense to get the 2060. Galax has a sale right now if you’re wondering how I got it so cheap

  16. I BOUGHT A GTX 1660 TI FOR FOLDING…NOT 'GREAT' FOR THAT , BUT IT WAS 70 EUROS LESS , AND MY CPU IS A HUMBLE I3 6100 , SO I SHOULD STAY WITH 'GTX'.

  17. I am in Canada and theres about a 45 dollar difernce between them Is it worth it to get the 2060?

  18. Hey another question, I just bought the 2060 super. My current gpu is 1050ti. The bus type on the 2060 super is 3.1×16 and my 1050ti is 3.0×16. Will je 2060 fit on my MOBO?

  19. according to gpucheck.com, the 1660 ti is 21% cheaper but only 11% slower, AND it's 10c cooler. I'mma go with it because I'm not interested in 1440p gaming yet. I mostly want to push 165hz on games with medium graphics…

  20. i dont know here is MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 Ventus XS OC PCIE 122000forints and COLORFUL GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6 iGame Ultra PCIE 101000 thats like 20000diference in forints maybe 70$..but when i think like that its 15% maybe

  21. I'm looking at getting a GPU of a new build in the next few months with a soft limit of $300 USD. I'm just wondering how much of a value it would be if I hold out and see if I can get a 2060 on sale for under that price?

  22. Had 1660 ti and couldn't really play gta v at 1440p switched to 2060 …all day no problems playing. ..both cards were msi. ..now I might sell it and just go for 2080ti

  23. The cheapest rtx2060 here in the Philippines is PHP. 24,170($466 roughly) while the cheapest 1660ti is PHP.15,000($283). PC Gaming here is f**kin hard and expensive dang! 💔

  24. thanks, feels like for 1080p 144hz the 1660ti is more then enough specially as competitive gamer who doesnt max out everything, will run with an i7 9700kf

  25. this is what i be saying to you guys
    rpg fps and strategy games are sooooooo diffrent than each other not montion sports games
    you cant say a gpu is better than another unless u sampled at least 20 video games against each including diffrent genres
    per example. . . : NFS-CoD-BF-Total War Series-Fifa or PES….etc
    🙂

  26. I don't know if 6GB VRAM are enough for the 2060 to flex its true power. I wouldn't risk getting a so powerful card with 6GB only.

  27. Ok so what should i buy. I have 400eur, rtx 2060 is 383eur amd 1660ti is 280eur. My main game is ark at 1080p and i wanna play at highest settings possible to get 60+ fps. What should i go with? I can even get a gtx 1080 used. Also im getting a 1080p 144hz gsync support monitor soon, now i jist need to choose the gpu

  28. Hey Jarrod, if i may ask for your opinion:

    Here in my country, the best deals i got are 310 USD for 1660ti, and 460 USD for a 2060 Super.

    Is the 150 USD difference worth it, to get the 2060 Super?

    I only play in 1080p (currently using a 1050ti, and i'd love to experience gaming in ultra settings), but my main job is as a video editor, which uses Adobe Premiere Pro (if that's something to considerate).

    Sorry for disturbing, and hoping to get a reply from you! Thanks for the video by the way!

  29. im new to pc gaming, for my first gaming laptop i recently bought a MSI RTX2060 32GB 512SSD that was on sale for $1,600 US. Is that a good deal?

  30. I highly reccomend you buy a RTX 2060 i have mine for about 9 months now and i easily get 80 FPS steady on 1440P gaming –
    (Core I7 8700 , 16 GB RAM ) . The 2060 is basicly the succesor of the 1070 and it even beats the 1070 on most games in terms of FPS .
    The 1660 is a newer version of the 1060 with GDDR6 memmory being about the only difference in performance youre gonna see .
    The 2060 is second in line to the best card you can get right now in terms of performance vs $$ only beated by the 2060-SUPER .
    Witch comes with 8 GB GDDR6 VS 6 (both cards are evenly fast tho ) .

  31. I'm upgrading from GTX 970 4GB, which shall I go for? Right now I'm only gaming at 1080p but would like to see all games at 60fps ultra with ease?

  32. Where i live in the Us in ohio the Rtx is 1000$ and the 1660 ti is 300$ 1660 ti is way better honestly
    EDIT: Nvm im a dubass sorry peeps

  33. Here in Canada 2060 is over $500, Well the 1660 Ti is $474 I think 1660 ti is for me. Also on newegg.ca you would save 195.49 by going GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, Also on amazon its cheaper just letting you all know.

  34. In my country rtx2060 is like 80$ more than the 1660ti so I think I'll go with gtx 1660ti.what do you think? I dont think it's worth the 80$ .

  35. Honestly, for the price to performance ratio, the 1660 ti is much better. Here, it's more than $100 more for an RTX 2060, just for a few more frames. I'm going with the 1660 ti.

  36. For my local market there is a rog strix rtx 2060 for 300$ and a GTX 1660 ti is like 270 or 300 so I'm going with the 2060 definitely when I can save enough

  37. I need a budget gpu for video editing what would you recommend

    And will the 1660Ti do the trick

    I have a mid 2017 MacBook Pro 15
    And I’m looking for a gpu

    To at least get my performance good enough on after effects

  38. Guys i need your opinion do i get 1660 ti rog strix or rtx 2060 asus pheonix theyre the same price but i really like the design on 1660 ti

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