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MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X Review – an Even Lower Cost Turing Option

Final Thoughts

And here we have to conclude everything we have seen in the previous pages. Mind you this likely looks very familiar to the RTX 2060 Gaming Z and the 1660 Gaming X reviews since in essence they share almost every feature with only minor differences.

The MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X comes in at 249.99 which places it in the much lower echelon of pricing for graphics cards and really hits the sweet spot for many users in the sub $300 category. With that being said and performance that falls between a 1060 and 1070.

Some of the things I really like about the MSI Gaming X cards would be.

  • RGB Lighting – this is a give or take depending if you like twinkly lights
  • Zero Frozr – This is was indifferent about until I used it a bit and realized that the cooler is competent enough to not need a fan in normal use.
  • Component Quality – I did not experience any dodgy components on the card everything was spec’d rather well for what this card needs
  • Nice aesthetic – The card has an aggressive enough look to appeal to most without going overboard in my opinion.

Let’s break down the scoring

  • Value – 95 you are getting all of the above-listed parts and a near 1070 level GPU with Turing enhanced performance and new NVENC
  • Performance – 95 The gaming X beats the 1060 in almost every test and approaches the 1070 in many scenarios the 1660 would be used in.
  • Innovation – 90 MSI has a lot of cool tech including Zero Frozr which should extend the lifespan of fans and lessen dust issues. also, the heatsink is simply great as far as appeal and performance.
  • Quality – 95 MSI built this thing very well and is using some great quality components to get the job done. the card is more than capable to do what its spec’d for and then some. The materials in intangibles such as the backplate are solid and the heatsink fin array is excellent.

No reason to drag this out, Nvidia cut down the 1660 Ti GPU and spec’d it for GDDR 5 to offer a price competitive option. The GTX 1660 Gaming X from MSI is a solid card for anyone looking to game at 1080p, if you’re looking to upgrade from Pascal for around 300 bucks or less, this is a great option.

Anyone gaming on a 1060 or lower, or even a 9 series GPU really has no reason to look past the 1660/1660 Ti as solid options for upgrades. However do keep in mind that the RTX 2060 offers a bit more performance, but that will cost you more as well.

 

 

ProsCons
  • Excellent aesthetics
  • Excellent Twin Frozr 7 cooler
  • silent operation under every day loading
  • Great thermals
  • Great memory Overclocking
  • Solid build quality
  • None I could observe

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