In this article, we’ll be taking a look at two of those GPUs and comparing their price to performance: AMD RX 590 vs Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti
AMD RX 590
NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti
|Double-digit performance gains over GeForce GTX 1060. Good for high-fps 1080p and 1440p gaming. Quiet cooling. Includes three free AAA games (at this writing). Reasonable overclocking capabilities.||Great performance at 1920 x 1080. Acceptable frame rates at 2560 x 1440. Retains Turing’s video encode/decode acceleration features. 120W board power compares favorably to AMD competition.|
|High power requirements. Physically large for a mid-level graphics card. The Radeon RX 580 is considerably cheaper and not much slower.||No RT/Tensor cores mean you won’t be able to try ray tracing or DLSS|
If I was buying new today I’d go for the GTX 1660 Ti, it’s a much better bang for the buck. Buying the RX 590 isn’t a good idea, it seems weak to really give a good experience.
Above we have shown the overview and depth specifications of both the graphics card. Now, we are sharing the full review of both graphics cards.
QUICK SPECS: RX 590 vs GTX 1660 Ti
GTX 1660 Ti
|Base Clock||1469 MHz||1500 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1580 MHz||1875 MHz|
|Memory Clock||8000 MHz||12000 MHz|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5||6GB GDRR6|
|Interface||256 – bit||192 – bit|
|Bandwidth||256 GB/s||288.1 GB/s|
The RX 590 was introduced back in November of 2018 at a launch price of $279. It runs a core clock of 1469MHz, has 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and runs at a TDP of only 225W.
The GTX 1660 Ti was released in February of 2019 at a launch price of $219. It runs a core clock of 1500 MHz, has 6GB of GDDR6 memory, and a TDP of 120W.
Both cards take up two slots and have an HDMI, DisplayPort jack, and neither one utilizes a 6 pin PCIe power connector. So you can drop these into any old prebuilt with no power issues.
PERFORMANCE: RX 590 vs GTX 1660 Ti
System Specs :
- Intel Core i5-9600K @ 5.0GHz
- Gigabyte Z390 Auros Xtreme
- 16GB DDR4 RAM @ 3200MHz
- 2TB HDD
- AMD Drivers used – Adrenalin Edition 19.2.2
- Nvidia Drivers used – GeForce Graphic driver 419.17
Shadow of the tomb raider
Shadow of the tomb raider was tested with the built-in benchmark using ultra settings. At 1080p, we’re looking at a 17FPS higher when compared to RX 590. At 1440p, GTX 1660 Ti was 15FPS faster.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Resident Evil 2 Remake was also tested using the built-in benchmark. At the top of the graph for our 1080p results, the GTX 1660 Ti was getting almost 12FPS higher when compared to the RX 590. Stepping up to 1440p this lowers to 9FPS.
Metro Exodus was tested using the built-in benchmark at ultra settings. I’ve found this game to favor Nvidia’s graphics cards. At 1080p, there’s a 14FPS difference and at 1440p, it lowers to 10FPS.
Just Cause 4
Just Cause 4 was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark, and at 1080p, GTX 1660 Ti was 8FPS ahead, and 9FPS at 1440p.
Hitman 2 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. The GTX 1660 Ti was ahead in both resolutions.
Far Cry New Dawn
Far Cry New Dawn was tested using the built-in benchmark with ultra settings. At both resolutions, the GTX 1660 Ti was ahead. At 1080p, 1660 Ti was 14FPS higher and at 1440p, it was just 8FPS ahead.
Darksiders 3 was tested using the replay feature with the exact same replay at ultra settings. At 1080p the 1660 Ti was seeing an 8% improvement to average FPS. At 1440p, with a 7% increase to average FPS over the RX 590.
Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode rather than multiplayer, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the test run, and it seems to be more graphically intensive. At 1080p, the GTX 1660 Ti was giving us 8FPS higher when compared with the RX 590. At 1440p, GTX 1660 Ti was 7FPS ahead.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a resource-intensive game, and I can play it alright with a solid 60FPS only on GTX 1660 Ti. At 1080p, the 1660 Ti was 19FPS ahead and at 1440p, it was 15FPS ahead. So Nvidia is the clear winner here.
Apex legends was tested using the replay feature with the exact same replay at ultra settings. At 1080p the 1660 Ti was seeing an 18FPS improvement to average FPS. At 1440p, with a 11FPS increase to average FPS over the RX 590.
WHICH TO BUY: RX 590 or GTX 1660 Ti
If you got $280 and you’re looking for a card these two cards are in the same category. The GTX 1660 Ti actually does beat the RX 590 between all the games that we have tested. This card was cooler, in terms of temperature.