Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 3060: Which Gaming Laptop is Better?

What’s the difference between an RTX 3060 laptop and a GTX 1660 Ti? Using 7 different games, I’ve compared the two laptops side-by-side.

SPECIFICATIONS: RTX 3060 vs GTX 1660 Ti

GTX 1660 TIRTX 3060
GPUTU116-12NMGA106-8NM
CUDA CORES15363840
BOOST CLOCK1335-1590MHZ1283-1703MHZ
TGP60-80W60-115W
MEMORY6GB GDDR66GB GDDR6
MEMORY SPEED12 GBPS14 GBPS
MEMORY INTERFACE192-BIT192-BIT
MEMORY BANDWIDTH288 GB/S336 GB/S
RELEASE DATEAPRIL 2019FEB 2021

However, even though both cards have 6GB of DDR6, the newer RTX 3060’s is more powerful than the older one. The 3060 also has a higher maximum power limit range, which means better performance but also more heat.

TEST LAPTOP SPECIFICATIONS

LEGION 5 (2020)LEGION 5 (2021)
GTX 1660 TI 80WRTX 3060 115W
RYZEN 7 4800HRYZEN 7 5800H
16GB DDR4-320016GB DDR4-3200
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There are a lot of similarities between these two laptops, so I’m comparing them using a Lenovo Legion 5. In this comparison, I’m using the most powerful 1660 Ti versus the most powerful 3060.

The 1660 Ti is only compatible with processors from the previous generation. I don’t think it’ll be possible to find one with either the Ryzen 5000 or the Intel 11th generation, so some of the differences we’ll see in this comparison will be due to CPU differences.

Memory kit, Windows updates, and Nvidia drivers were identical on both laptops. Optimus was disabled for the best results.

GAMES PERFORMANCE: RTX 3060 vs GTX 1660 Ti

I have tested 7 games at 1080p with every available setting presets.

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

The game benchmark was used to evaluate Red Dead Redemption 2. At medium settings, the 1660 Ti is still producing acceptable results, with FPS above 60; however, at ultra settings, where we’re more GPU bound, the 3060 was achieving a 65 percent higher average FPS.

2. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 was tested on both laptops with the same run through the game, and it immediately reveals the 1660 Ti’s limitations.

3. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, on the other hand, had a much smaller difference at the highest setting level; the 3060 was only 9% ahead, or 4 FPS, which isn’t a huge difference.

4. Control

Control is a GPU-intensive game, so the differences at high settings are among the largest of any game we’ve tested. When compared to the 1660 Ti, the 3060 achieved a 66 percent higher average FPS.

5. Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion also had some big differences. At ultra settings, the 3060 achieved a 60 percent higher average FPS, though the difference is only 15% with the low setting preset.

6. Fortnite

Fortnite was tested on both laptops with the same replay, and the 3060 laptop outperformed the 1660 Ti, averaging 57 percent higher average FPS at the highest epic setting preset.

7. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Another esports game is CS:GO, but the differences were much smaller in this one because the GPU doesn’t seem to make as much of a difference as the CPU. At maximum settings, the 3060 laptop had a 17 % higher average FPS.

SHOULD I BUY A LAPTOP WITH GTX 1660 TI OR RTX 3060?

To be honest, if you can find an RTX 3060 Laptop on sale, you should buy it. On sale, It will cost you around $1400 USD, which is about 17% more than the Legion 5 with 1660 Ti, and it provides a much better performance boost, as we’ve seen. Even its not on sale, the RTX 3060 model costs about 30% more than the Legion 5 with the 1660 Ti.

The 1660 Ti is by no means dead; as we’ve seen, it can still perform admirably in a variety of modern games; you’ll just have to reduce the settings in a few of them.