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MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X 6G Review

Our newest GPU test procedure has been built with the intention of benchmarking high-end graphics cards. We test at 1920×1080 (1080p), 2560×1440 (1440p), and 3840×2160 (4K UHD) resolutions.

We try to test using the DX12 API if titles offer support. This gives us an interpretation into the graphics card performance hierarchy in the present time and the near future, when DX12 becomes more prevalent. After all, graphics cards of this expense may stay in a gamer’s system for a number of product generations/years before being upgraded.

We tested the RX Vega64 and Vega56 using the ‘Turbo‘ power mode in AMD’s WattMan software. This prioritises all-out performance over power efficiency, noise output, and lower thermals.

As mentioned, reference speed for the GTX 1660 is 1785 MHz boost. This MSI Gaming X increases that to 1860MHz.

Driver Notes

  • All AMD graphics cards (except Radeon VII) were benchmarked with the Adrenalin 19.1.1 driver.
  • Radeon VII was benchmarked with a pre-released press driver supplied by AMD.
  • All Nvidia graphics cards (except GTX 1660 & 1660 Ti) were benchmarked with the Nvidia 417.71 driver.
  • GTX 1660 Ti was benchmarked with the Nvidia 418.91 driver supplied to press.
  • GTX 1660 was benchmarked with the Nvidia 419.35 driver supplied to press.

Test System

We test using the Overclockers UK Germanium pre-built system, though it has been re-housed into an open-air test bench. You can read more about it over HERE.

CPU
Intel Core i7-8700K
Overclocked to 4.8GHz
Motherboard
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
Memory
Team Group Dark Hawk RGB
16GB (2x8GB) @ 3200MHz 16-18-18-38
Graphics Card
Varies
System Drive
Patriot Wildfire 240GB
Games Drive Crucial M4 512GB
Chassis Streacom ST-BC1 Bench
CPU Cooler
OCUK TechLabs 240mm AIO
Power Supply
SuperFlower Leadex II 850W 80Plus Gold
Operating System
Windows 10 Professional

Comparison Graphics Cards List

  • MSI RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 11GB
  • Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition (FE) 11GB
  • Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition (FE) 8GB
  • Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2070 Xtreme 8GB
  • Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition (FE) 6GB
  • MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6GB
  • Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G
  • Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G
  • Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (FE) 11GB
  • Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8GB
  • Palit GTX 1070 Ti Super JetStream 8GB
  • Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition (FE) 8GB
  • Nvidia GTX 1060 Founders Edition (FE) 6GB
  • AMD Radeon VII 16GB
  • AMD RX Vega 64 Air 8GB
  • AMD RX Vega 56 8GB
  • ASRock RX 590 Phantom Gaming X OC 8GB
  • Sapphire RX 580 Pulse 8GB
  • ASUS RX 570 ROG Strix Gaming OC 4GB

Software and Games List

  • 3DMark Fire Strike & Fire Strike Ultra (DX11 Synthetic)
  • 3DMark Time Spy (DX12 Synthetic)
  • Battlefield V (DX12)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (DX12)
  • Far Cry 5 (DX11)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (DX11)
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War (DX11)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX12)

We run each benchmark/game three times, and present averages in our graphs.

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