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Is NVIDIA RTX 2060 worth the extra cost compared to GTX 1660 Ti?

Is NVIDIA RTX 2060 worth the extra cost compared to GTX 1660 Ti?

Best answer: If you're building a new gaming PC or are upgrading from an older GPU, the NVIDIA RTX 2060 offers better value than the GTX 1660 Ti if you can stretch the budget a little further.Better GPU for gaming: NVIDIA RTX 2060 (opens in new tab) ($350)

Well worth the additional funds

The RTX 2060 is more expensive than the GTX 1660 Ti, but it's well worth spending more than you initially wanted to. Why we'd recommend this is the RTX 2060 offers more performance for the money and would hold up longer over time before needing to be replaced. With the GTX 1660 Ti, you're likely to replace it sometime in the future if you wish to move up to 1440p and 4K gaming.

While the GTX 1660 Ti is capable of 1440p gaming, it's not as powerful as the GTX 1070 (though it does match it in some games), which itself can sometimes struggle with more demanding games at this resolution. The RTX 2060 makes mine meat of games and it costs less than $100 for all this additional headroom. You also have ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) enabled on the card.

Other advantages the RTX 2060 has over the GTX 1660 Ti include increased memory bandwidth. It's simply better in every way aside from the base and boost clock speeds, but you can overcome with this overclocking as RTX 2060 cards come with superior coolers.

We'd recommend the RTX 2060 over the GTX 1660 Ti, but it's not the best option for everyone. If your budget simply cannot stretch to cover the GPU and you need the card now, the GTX 1660 Ti is a solid card for 1080p and some 1440p gaming.

If you want a deeper dive on the differences between these two graphics cards, you can check out our comparison. As always, have a look at our roundup of the best graphics card picks for more options.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.