Just a few days before the launch, scheduled for February 22nd, new images of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti are coming from the web in the variants produced by the partner MSI; more precisely we are talking about the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X, Armor OC and Ventus XS models. After the first models unveiled by Palit and EVGA, which basically showed low-profile heatsink solutions, the MSI custom variants opted for dual-fan cooling systems that should ensure better heat dissipation and consequently higher clock frequencies .
In fact, taking a look at the first image of the Turing TU116 GPU (400-A1), you immediately notice how the size of the new NVIDIA mid-range chip is significantly lower than those of the TU106-400-A1, a sign that the chip should not be so difficult to handle even with a single-fan heatsink.
Having said that, MSI will propose, as usual, several models divided by price ranges, among these GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X should be the top model of the range.
Confirmed now the technical specifications of the TU116 GPU: 1536 Cuda Core and GDDR6 memory; this model will be equipped with 6GB GDDR6, however, as emerged in recent days, are expected cheaper solutions with 3GB | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, expected a variant with 3GB of memory |.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X will have the highest clock frequencies across the Taiwanese manufacturer line, even if no accurate data has been leaked at the moment. From the images we note that MSI abandons the classic red inserts in favor of a gray color with RGB backlight. The card then has an 8pin PCI-E auxiliary power connector.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor OC will be a cheaper version but still equipped with a double fan heatsink, slightly lower in terms of efficiency and without RGB leds. Unfortunately there are no details on the clock frequencies of the GPU, but apparently the card will use the same PCB as sister Gaming X and the same PCI-E 8pin power supply.