Adding more fuel to the rumor fire for Nvidia’s allegedly mid-range 16-series GTX graphic cards are a number of new images that purport to show the packaging for a GTX 1660 Ti. There are also some photos of the cards themselves, though they appear to be smaller than your average GPU with only a single fan cooler attached, i.e, they will most likely be mini- ITX cards.
According to VideoCardz, EVGA initially plans to release mini-ITX models of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti while saving the dual-fan models for a later date. Its two planned graphics cards are said to be the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black Gaming, with the latter expected to come with a lower out-of-the-box boost clocks. The publication did not list clock speeds for the EVGA models at the current time.
Both graphics cards reportedly are Mini-ITX form factor and feature EVGA’s redesigned 2.75-slot cooler. The cooling solution EVGA has implemented utilizes a single Hydro Dynamic Bearing (HDB) cooling fan, which is supposed to reduce fan noise by up to 15 percent and increase cooling performance. The other advantage being the prolonged lifespan of a HDB fan when compared to the conventional sleeve-bearing fan.
Though, Nvidia’s RTX Turing graphic cards are truly beast in performance (Check AMD’s reply to RTX graphic cards, The AMD Radeon 7), but the sales have reportedly been lower than what Nvidia had expected leading to a downturn in revenue for the company, accompained by a drooping stock price. Evidence from gamers and hardware enthusiasts suggest that the high price of the RTX Graphic cards is a major contributor to the low sales. But Nvidia’s long rumored GTX mid range Turing graphic cards might solve the problem and we may not be far from a release and also a result.
The first images to appear online were showcased on Reddit with images of the packaging for a Galax GTX 1660 Ti with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, a dual 90mm fan cooler with DVI, HDMI, and Display Port connectors on the back.
Though, It didn’t take long for more images to appear online and they appear to be product listing images rather than those taken by an individual with the cards in their hand. The Palit GTX 1660 Ti appears to have the same 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM with 1,526 CUDA cores, but comes in two flavors. The StormX and StormX OC. Each of them having the same single-fan cooler design sitting atop a large aluminum heat sink with copper heat pipes. These miniature versions of the card are designed with ITX systems in mind, with the main difference between the two being clock speed — although there’s only around 45 MHz difference in it.
Joining that leak is another graphics card from EVGA which also targets the mini-ITX platform with a pair of single-fan GTX 1660 Ti cards. VideoCardz claims that they too have 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM and 1,526 CUDA cores. Though, no clock speed information was revealed. It appears there is a Mini-ITX trend going on with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. As same as EVGA’s offerings, Palit’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX OC also appear to be Mini-ITX form factor but with a dual-slot, single-fan cooler.
DNS Shop, the friendly Russian retailer briefly listed the specifications for both of the Palit GTX 1660 Ti models, pointing to the Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX following Nvidia’s reference specifications, which means the card has 1,500 MHz base clock and 1,770 MHz boost clock. As the name suggests, the OC version is expected to come with a higher boost clock in the range of 1,815 MHz.
We’ve already seen quite a lot Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti models leak out, but the new 3GB variants are a very curious development. One of the top manufacturers, Asus has registered nine models of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti featuring 3GB VRAM with the Eurasian Economic Community.
It’s much more likely that Asus is just covering its bases by trademarking every potential version of its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards. Whether the gaming hardware maker has any intention to actually produce these 3GB variants seems very unlikely.
This seems a bit strange as the Ti-cards often tune the best performance you can possibly get out of a GPU. Halving the VRAM of what we’ve heard to be in a GTX 1660 Ti (6GB) – and all of these new Asus models are listed in 6GB VRAM capacities as well – so far seems antithetical to Nvidia’s strategy so far and if it is, and most probably it’s not a good idea.
Sources are suggesting that all of these cards will launch on 22nd February. Though, no specific pricing has been suggested, but earlier rumors stated that the GTX 1660 Ti would debut with a recommend price tag of $280. That would put these graphic cards in direct competition with AMD’s RX 580 and RX 590, as well as Nvidia’s own GTX 1060.