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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB with board partner cards from MSI – Something is moving (not just the pixels)

New Baby-Turing, New Opportunity? AMD is putting pressure on low Polaris prices and Nvidia is following in the way. Performance-wise and - you will rub your eyes - also at the price. How quickly the GeForce GTX 1060 could get into disarray must (and will) show in this test. So it's really exciting...

There is a cleanly implemented fan stop, the fans run with approx. 1050 rpm (start pulse). The threshold value for the connection is between 62 and 63 degrees, i.e. just below the maximum temperature, which can also be seen by the curves. However, there is no separate fan control with (if necessary) two different fan curves as with the GeForce RTX. The card remains quite quiet even in the closed housing with less than 1550 rpm.

In the stress test, by the way, the curves look very similar.


Let's look at the measured values again in direct comparison to the Founders Edition as a tabular listing:

  MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Gaming X
Fan speeds Open Benchtable Maximum 1491 rpm (Gaming, Peak)
Fan speeds Open Benchtable Average 1472 rpm (warmed up)
Fan Speeds Closed Case Maximum 1549 rpm (Gaming, Peak)
Fan Speeds Closed Case Average 1521 rpm (warmed up)
Noise Emission (Air) Average 36.6 to 37.1 dB(A), Closed Case (Peak)
Fan stop
Fan stop
Sound characteristic / hearing impression noisy, restrained, light engine noise
Coil-feathers/electric noises Audible at lower fan speeds.

Sound Spectrum

The measured 36.6 dB(A) are based on the measured 1527 rpm in the closed housing. We have applied the same gaming load to the open set-up in the measuring room, but the fans are limited to approx. 1500 rpm to be able to adjust this value exactly. The result is impressive, because you don't really hear much.

You can see it very well in the video of the MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X, which are identical in the fan and very similar in power consumption, which frequency ranges depend on speed. On the far right you can see the constantly high spikes of the voltage converters and in the middle the demolition noises of the air flow. This can be left to stand, because it also applies to the variant without Ti to the same extent:




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