September 11, 2019 weblog
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 at center of game rumors, guesstimates
The rumors on what's next for gamers from Nvidia held sway over news headlines this week. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super on its way? What's the big deal? Nvidia planning to debut GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Graphics Card? What's the big deal?
Paul Lilly in PC Gamer is one of a chorus of tech watchers sharing the news, still in rumor stage, that Nvidia could be prepping GeForce GTX 1660 Super with faster memory plus another buzz-fest that it might be having a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti card in the wings.
These are "new graphics cards that would give gamers on a budget more options to choose from," he said.
Those rumors if true would mean Nvidia was strengthening the GTX 16 series of graphics cards with two new models.
Nvidia tells its site visitors that "a 16 Series GPU is a blazing-fast supercharger for today's most popular games, and even faster with modern titles."
Mark Tyson in Hexus said "the new 'Super' card sits between the existing GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti." Some more of the rumored details according to Tyson: the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super would sport 1408 CUDA cores and a 192-bit memory bus, like the GTX 1660 but "will gain the edge" by using 6GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14Gbps.
Pricing guesses? Game Debate remarked that "the GTX 1660 Super could be a great purchase if it can come in under $240." Game Debate: The lower-end GTX 1650 Ti, while increasing the CUDA core count from 896 up to 1024—1152, according to rumors, would come with 4GB GDDR5 memory. "We predict the price of a such a graphics card would be around $180."
This lines up with the guess from Wccftech that "the Ti variant would cost...around $179 US." Wccftech said the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Graphics Card was rumored to launch in October. Hassan Mujtaba, Senior Editor, Hardware, described the 1650 as "a new Turing based entry-level graphics card."
Stuart Thomas in Game Debate clarified the GTX name soup somewhat by providing readers with the lineup list of the Geforce GTX series, from weakest to stronger.
GeForce GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Rumoured)
GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Rumoured)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
(PC Build Advisor: The "Ti" on NVIDIA graphics cards stands for "Titanium." the card is more powerful than the non-Ti version with the same model number. "Some people have argued that it stands for 'Technical improvement', which makes some sense because Ti cards are an improved version of the base model card. However, the general consensus is that it does stand for 'Titanium.'")
PCGamesN meanwhile tried to make sense of it all the rumors, and did not ignore the realities of competition. In one word, AMD. In a few more words, AMD's Navi 14 cards. Dave James said "it could simply be that Nvidia has a good idea of what the Navi 14 cards will be able to offer and needs to get in ahead of them with new, faster, and potentially cheaper, mainstream cards of its own."
Tyson in Hexus: "It is thought that Nvidia is proliferating products in this market segment, ready to spoil AMD's upcoming launch of Navi 14 GPU based graphics cards—which one would expect to tread on the existing GTX 16 series toes."
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