NVIDIA has finally announced the new mainstream Turing graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER. The cards are specifically designed to offer better GPU performance to users who’ve been waiting to switch their older graphics cards and NVIDIA’s GTX supercharged lineup gives them more reason to upgrade now!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 SUPER Lineup Official – GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Available Now, GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Available on 22nd November

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 SUPER variants would be launching in two flavors, the sub $250 US GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and the sub $200 US GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER. Both cards are aimed well against AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 series lineup which is also supposed to debut next month in November.

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The GeForce 1660 series retain a competitive position against AMD’s Radeon RX 500 series cards, offering much better performance and efficiency while the GeForce GTX 1650, although being a great card in terms of efficiency, wasn’t priced competitive enough to take on the Radeon RX 570 series cards which retailed for around the same money.

Soon, the GeForce GTX 1650 would be going against AMD’s latest rDNA based Radeon RX 5500 which is expected to be priced at around $150 US and offer better performance than the Radeon RX 570. Based on the specifications NVIDIA has released, the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER sounds like a much bigger SUPER upgrade than the GTX 1660 SUPER which should allow it to compete against the RX 5500 with reasonable performance.

NVIDIA talks about some good reasons as to why you should be upgrading to the new SUPER line of GeForce GTX cards. There’s the obvious performance advantage but in addition to that, budget gamers can utilize Turing’s encoder for better performance and image quality while streaming the AAA gaming titles. Also, NVIDIA’s CUDA architecture is optimized for creator-aimed applications which include the entire Adobe suite.

NVIDIA GeForce 16 Series Specifications

  GeForce RTX 2060 FE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB
GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4 GB GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
Architecture (GPU)
TU106 TU116-400 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU116 TU117
CUDA Cores
1920 1536 1408 1408 1280 896
Tensor Cores
240 N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
RT cores
30 N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
Texture Units
120 96 88 88 80 56
48 48 48 48 32 32
Base Clock
1365 MHz 1500 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz TBD 1485 MHz
GPU Boost
1680 MHz 1770 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz TBD 1665 MHz
Memory Bus
192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Clocks
14 Gbps 12 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 8 Gbps
L2 cache
3 MB 1.5 MB 1.5 MB 1.5 MB 1.5 MB 1.5 MB
160 W 120W 125W 120W 100W 75W
10.8 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 4.7 billion
Die Size
445 mm² 284mm2 284mm2 284mm2 284mm2 200mm2
$349 $279 $229 $229 $149? $149

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Specifications

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Talking about the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, the card would rock TU-116-300-A1 GPU with 1408 CUDA cores, 88 Texture Mapping Units, and 48 raster operation units. The clock speeds of the card would be maintained at 1530 MHz base and 1785 MHz boost. In terms of memory, the card would receive a big upgrade in the form of GDDR6 which was missing on the existing GTX 1660. The GTX 1660 SUPER with 6 GB GDDR6 memory would feature 14 Gbps dies running across a 192-bit bus interface to deliver a total bandwidth of 336 GB/s.

One of the key features of Turing has been its performance per watt and just like the other cards, it would feature a TDP of 125W. Now here’s how NVIDIA rounds their TDP up for all of their GeForce cards. The TDP consists of total power draw from the board which includes the GPU too. AMD’s RX 5500 which are based on a 7nm process node and aimed as replacements for the Polaris based RX 580/590 lineup have a TDP of 150W.

I mentioned before that the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER would fall in a higher performance category than the RX 5500 series and it would do so while sipping a lot lower power. But at the same time, the pricing of the GTX 1660 SUPER would be much higher too at $229 US which is almost the same price as the GeForce GTX 1660 which means either the former would get a price cut or simply be replaced by the better card.

You can also purchase the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER through the following links:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Specifications

The GeForce GTX 1650 would also feature the TU116 GPU unlike the TU117 GPU on the GTX 1650, rocking 1280 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 80 TMUs. The card would feature a 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM running across a 128-bit bus at the same 12000 MHz effective clock speeds, delivering bandwidth of 192 GB/s. Even the core clocks of the GPU have gone up to 1530 MHz base and 1725 MHz boost which is quite impressive.

Just going by the specifications alone, it looks like the card would be a bigger SUPER upgrade than we anticipated. Now the TDP on the GTX 1650 is set at 75W while the SUPER variant would feature a TDP of 100W. This would mean that adding an extra 6-pin connector would be a necessity.

The performance of this card could potentially match or exceed the Radeon RX 5500 given these specs and the only thing that could make it an even better offering would be if NVIDIA can manage to sell it at the same price point as the existing GTX 1650 at $149 US since that would give much-needed boost in terms of share in the budget market too. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER would be launching on 22nd November.

Which NVIDIA GeForce SUPER series cards do you think is overall better in terms of performance and price?

Products mentioned in this post

GTX 1650

GTX 1650
USD 149.99

GTX 1660

GTX 1660
USD 229.99

RX 570

RX 570
USD 220

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