Since virtual reality (VR) has become a hot topic, consumers have again started to ask about the cost of the entire system. Back in 2016, when the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive first arrived at the consumer market, the biggest obstacle in fact was the presence of a fairly powerful computer, which, as a rule, could cost the user around $ 1000. And one of the biggest costs has always been the GPU. Today, this problem is quite easily solved, given that NVIDIA has just released a VR-Ready GeForce GTX 1660, the cost of which starts at $ 200.
Just like the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which was released last month, the new GeForce GTX 1660 aims to replace the GeForce GTX 1060, offering the 12th generation Nvidia Turing GPU architecture, only without the ray tracing and tensor cores found in the more expensive Geforce series RTX.
However, thanks to the Turing architecture, the new product line was designed to improve performance and efficiency compared to older Pascal models. For example, in the February review of Steam Hardware & Software, the fourth most popular card was the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, released in 2014. NVIDIA claims that, on average, users will see an increase in performance of 110% using the GTX 960. In contrast, the most popular cards, including the flagship model 1060, are worse than new ones, like 1660. Here is how ASUS already speaks about the new model:
“On average, 30% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB and 15% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB with a resolution of 1080p.”
NVIDIA also notes that since the power of the GTX 1660 is 120 watts, anyone who owns a GTX 960 or GTX 970 card should be able to upgrade without changing their power supply if they have an 8-pin power connector.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 includes features such as support for parallel operations, a unified cache architecture with a large L1 cache, and adaptive shading. It contains 1408 CUDA cores, 6 GB of GDDR5 memory, 1.8 GHz frequency, and the potential for overclocking.
NVIDIA has already introduced the GeForce GTX 1660. The GPU is already available for purchase from video card vendors, including ASUS. Its cost starts at $ 200, while NVIDIA will not offer Founder-edition to potential buyers.
VRcue will continue to keep you updated on the latest news on VR-compatible graphics cards.