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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 72%
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 137%
Doom Eternal 25% 48%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12% 72%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 46% 6%
Halo: Reach 72% 45%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 20% 137%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 20% 137%
Grand Theft Auto VI 34% 163%
Need For Speed Heat 12% 72%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition.

The GTX 1660 has a 650 MHz higher core clock speed but 24 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7950. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 1660 manages to provide 36 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 1660 has a 650 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 7950. This results in the GTX 1660 providing 45.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 1660 was released over three years more recently than the HD 7950, and so the GTX 1660 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 7950 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 1660 has 3072 MB more video memory than the HD 7950, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 7950 has 47.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1660, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7950 is noticeably better than the GTX 1660.

The GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB has 1408 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1660 is 2577 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 1417. The GTX 1660 having 1160 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1660 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7950.

The GTX 1660 transistor size technology is 16 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 7950. This means that the GTX 1660 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 7950.

The GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB requires 130 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 1660 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7950. The HD 7950 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 1660. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7950 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1660.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 36.3 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

36.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 37.5 FPS on Control

Control

37.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 37.8 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

37.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 41.6 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

41.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 44.3 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

44.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 44.3 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

44.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 52.8 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

52.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 58.3 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

58.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 59.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

59.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 59.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

59.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 60.5 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

60.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 63.7 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

63.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 73.4 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

73.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 74.5 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

74.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 77.4 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

77.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 77.7 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

77.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 111.2 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

111.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 23.2 FPS on Control

Control

23.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 28.1 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

28.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 30.8 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

30.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 32.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

32.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 40.1 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

40.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 40.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

40.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 41.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

41.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 42.1 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

42.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 51 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

51 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 60.2 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

60.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 73.2 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

73.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 75.8 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

75.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 11.1 FPS on Control

Control

11.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 13.6 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

13.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 16.2 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

16.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 20 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

20 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 20.5 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

20.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 22.9 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

22.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 24.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

24.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 25.7 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

25.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 28.1 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

28.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 28.1 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

28.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB gets 30.9 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

30.9 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1530 MHzvs880 MHz
Boost Clock1830 MHzvs930 MHz
ArchitectureTuring TU116GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date14 Mar 2019vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs -
1600x900
10
green tick vs
9.8
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
7.9
2560x1440
8
green tick vs
5.9
3840x2160
5.9
green tick vs
4.4

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed2001 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.1GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1408vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs68%
Technology12nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units88vs112
Texture Rate134.6 GTexel/svs98.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate73.4 GPixel/svs28.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power130 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model6.2vs5.0
Open GL4.6vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-8400 6-Core 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB is an entry to mid-level Nvidia graphics card which launched on March 14th, 2019. The GeForce GTX 1660 is designed to compete against AMD's more affordable gaming cards such as the RX 570 and the RX 580, and replaces the outgoing GTX 1060. The GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB is a dual-slot graphics card with a dual-fan Torx Fan 2.0 cooling solution, Zero Frozr, custom PCB and solid anti-bend backplate. This graphics card has below average overclocking potential.

Architecture
The Turing GPU architecture aims for 30-50% as much performance as the previous-gen Pascal Architecture.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Turing TU116, more specifically the TU166-300-A1, which has 22 SM activated and thus 1408 Shader Processing Units, 88 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1530 MHz and goes up to 1830 MHz with the Boost Clock, providing a small 3% overclock versus the reference model.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5 through a 192-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 2001MHz, or 8GHz effective.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 130W, this graphics card requires one 8-pin power connector and a minimum of a 450W power supply.

Performance
The GeForce GTX 1660 will enable medium to high graphics performance on modern AAA 2018 released games. Although there will be variations on this frame rate we expect this card to deliver around 50+ FPS on High graphics settings at 1080p screen resolution.
Comparatively, this card will have slightly faster performance than the GTX 1060.

System Suggestions
The GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440, so our recommendation would be to use 1920x1080 in order to get the most out of your settings. We recommend a high-end processor such as the i5-8500 and 12GB of RAM for optimal performance.
Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution and overclocking out of the box in the core-clock that was increase by 30MHz to 880MHz. Therefore, the Turbo Boost is now of 930MHz.
Expect a 1.5% performance boost when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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