Although they don’t fall in the same price bracket, they’re each other Super next of kin in Nvidia’s current lineup, so I’ve decided to do this video for all of your out there who are maybe right in the middle of your purchasing decision and wondering if it’s worth expanding budget, will you, besides getting a stronger GPU, also get a better value for your money?
Since they’re based on the same architecture, their difference only measures in technical hardware specifications, that being the amount of CUDA cores, ROP’s and texture units. Here the difference between them is actually not that big, the GTX 1660 Super has only 128 CUDA cores, as well as 8 texture units more, but it does have exactly 50% more ROP’s, 48 instead 32. Another thing where GTX 1660 Super again has 50% more of it over the GTX 1650 Super, is the amount of GDDR6 video memory, where it brings 6 instead of 4 GB’s video memory, which for sure helps with gaming at a higher resolution. Let’s take a more detailed look at what makes the difference this GTX 1650 Super vs GTX 1660 Super battle.
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GTX 1650 Super VS GTX 1660 Super – Where they stand spec-wise?
Their reference stock GPU clock speeds are pretty similar to each other, the boost clocks are somewhat different, while there’s a significant difference in their stock video memory clock speeds, where the GTX 1660 Super clocks its video memory at 250 MHz more. But, I wouldn’t be worried about that, because it takes 5 seconds in MSI Afterburner in order to make GTX 1650 Super run at that same speed, even a bit higher. The same goes for the GPU core clock speed when overclocking, where both top out just a bit above 2 GHz mark, depending on your luck with silicon lottery.
With all of this said, it will be interesting to see by how much exactly will the GTX 1660 Super pull ahead from GTX 1650 Super, since they’re not that far apart from each other in some areas. If you’re interested in checking out this particular model which I used here for this comparison, you can find their individual reviews on my channel, and also, if you wish to see how they stack up against currently one of the most popular values choice GPU out there, AMD’s RX 580 series, you can find those comparisons at the links in the right top corner of this video.
Again, before I show you the benchmarking results, if you have any question or other concerns about this card, feel free to leave your comment down below, and down there, in the description box to be precise, you can also find my setup which I used for testing this GPU out, but the core components are as power usual – Intel’s six-core Core i5 – 8600K CPU overclocked to 5,1 GHz and paired with 2x8GB of 3000 MHz DDR4 RAM.
Is GTX 1660 Super worth that extra money over the GTX 1650 Super?
Jumping over to the results, the GTX 1660 Super is anywhere from 15 to 30%, in some cases even 40 or 50% faster, but if you average that in, it delivers around 20% more performance. Although this maybe won’t mean a lot to you in 1080p titles, since you’re already getting a decent amount of frames with the GTX 1650 Super, at 1440p it will topple over the 60 FPS mark in almost any title at high graphics settings. The performance jump in 1080p will also make a decent difference for all of those users who are playing at that resolution on high refresh rate monitors.
When it comes to their power consumption, you can see that the GTX 1650 Super can pull up to around 130W, while for the GTX 1660 Super that’s around 150 W, so 20W more, those figures being the power draw difference between the idle state and the load of the whole system, but only of the GPU during the Furmark GPU stress test. Since the performance increase of the GTX 1660 Super compared to the GTX 1650 Super basically scales with the extra power consumption that it needs in order to achieve it, the performance per watt difference pretty much boils down to a measurement error, which in a way is to be expect since they’re based on same GPU architecture.
On the other hand, when you average in the FPS numbers and use that number to divide the MSRP price of each card, you’ll come to a conclusion where the GTX 1650 Super represents a better value as it’s the price per frame is almost 20% lower compared to the GTX 1660 Super. So no, you’re not getting a bulk price discount on a count of buying more performance with choosing the GTX 1660 Super series, but rather the opposite. Of course, if you really need that kind of performance, you’ll go for the stronger options, but if not, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t save 70$ and go for the cheaper GTX 1650 Super series.
Here, as an alternative to that, once again in play also comes AMD’s RX 580 series, which with its performance, which is very similar to the GTX 1650 Super, represents a great value in this lower price segment, especially now when the new RX 5500 series will push it price even lower, being it if you buy it new, while buying it used will get you even further value, since the market is full of them and it’s a bit weaker brother, RX 570. Putting the GTX 1660 Super on the side for a moment, after all of the comparisons that I’ve lately done using these three cards, the RX 580 and GTX 1650 Super series are currently the best value options for budget gamers who are aiming to spend around 120-160$ for gaming at 1080p basically without any care.
That’s it for this time, I hope this GTX 1660 Super vs GTX 1650 Super comparison help you in making your final decision, if you have any question feel free to hit me in the comments section of my YouTube video listed above, you can contact me via my social media channels!