GIGABYTE GTX 1660 GAMING OC Review

Overclocking

Overclocking the GTX 1660 GAMING OC is as you’d expect. The Micron GDDR5 will give you an addtional 500MHz on the base clock. This will up increase memory bandwidth to 240Gb/s which isn’t bad for this class of graphics card. One can’t help but think that Samsung memory would fair even better. That said, 240GB/s makes a difference on such a graphics card which is always in need of more bandwidth.

The core overclocks a little better than expected and clock frequencies can be as high as 2,165MHz in some benchmarks. For the most part however, given sufficient case cooling it will settle at 2,115MHz, which is still sizable overclock over the default Boost clock of 1985MHz.

 

Conclusion

In as far as mid-range graphics cards are concerned, this one is on the lower end of that spectrum. As the numbers show, just about every modern title, if not all titles are playable at the highest fidelity levels (barring AA) at Full HD. In some instances the GTX 1660 GAMING OC is capable of even higher resolutions depending on the game. For the 21:9 ultra wide screen users, it’s best if you stay away from 3440×1440, but rather opt for 2560×1080, which the graphics card is better equipped to deal with.

Overall at this price, the GIGABYTE GTX 1660 Gaming finds itself on the higher priced side. There are some alternatives which can be had for a fair amount less, but even at this price this is a compelling graphics card. Add a little overclocking to the mix and it’s punching above weight division.

 

 

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