One’s a light refresh, the other is a whole new animal
The Green and Red team’s slugfest continues, with NVIDIA announcing new GPUs to refresh their entry-level lineup. While they’d probably deny AMD’s influence in the release of their new GTX 1660 Super and GTX 1650 Super, it’s no secret that these cards are expected to go up against AMD’s upcoming RX 5500 series.
First off, the GTX 1660 Super. This new card is similar to the GTX 1660 that preceded it, save for memory: the new GPU swaps out its slower GDDR5 memory for faster GDDR6 VRAM. This means more frames, and at just $229 MSRP, the GTX 1660 Super approaches the performance of the much more expensive $280 GTX 1660 TI.
If the GTX 1660 Super was a slightly tweaked GPU, the GTX 1650 Super is a whole other beast. Aside from the same GDDR6 memory upgrade as the GTX 1660, the GTX 1650 uses a cut-down version of the larger TU116 GPU found in the GTX 1660 series, making it significantly more powerful.
The proof is in the numbers: the GTX 1650 Super has 43-percent more CUDA cores at 1,280 and has a base clock of 1,530MHz and a boost clock of 1,725MHz. Memory stays at just 4GB, but total memory bandwidth is now up to 192 GB/s which is a 50 percent increase over the original card.
The GTX 1660 Super should be hitting stores now (in fact ASUS already has their own card right now if you want to buy it), but you’ll have to wait for the GTX 1650 Super to go on sale on November 22.