Best Budget graphics card 2020 – NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super (Mid Range)

With so many NVIDIA GPU launches last year and all the gap filler graphic cards it has been a roller coaster ride. But the budget gaming section has drastically got a buff by the the launch of the GTX 1660 Super with all that GDDR6 power to devour. Lets welcome the Best Budget graphics card for 2020.

So what makes the GTX 1660 Super the best budget graphic card?

Let me try explaining it in a funny way, the GTX 1660 Super came to existence when the GTX1660 and GTX1660 Ti had a baby with an amazing photographic memory!

The GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is approximately 20% faster than the original GTX 1660 since it has amazing GDDR6 Memory. The 1660 Super is just a 1660 with GDDR6 Memory nothing has changed just the power of new memory is so amazing.

Would I recommend this card for streaming?

Yes but only if you are going to play games which are not extremely GPU heavy. The GTX 2060 Super would be a better option if you are looking to stream regularly and play AAA titles.

Is the GTX 1660 Super good for streaming?

Yes, you can stream easily and get good results but some AAA games just require more also SUPER graphics cards are optimized for streaming apps with their NVENC encoder to provide maximum performance for your live streams.

GTX 1660 Super Specs straight from the NVIDIA Website xD


For people trying to create a good gaming PC which can do other workloads like video editing and streaming here is a build I previously made and called it Budget Gaming PC Build 2020 (Lockdown Special)

Since there is no founder edition card for the 1660 Super we will need a basic card to understand the specs and know more.

For this blog I am looking at the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC) 6GB GDDR6 192-bit

With dual 90 mm fans and fans stop to assure the temperature is maintained at a reasonable level, with the vivid RGB lighting, providing you some colors in the case. To prevent the stress on PCB, the 1660 Super series is furnished with back plates that befit for both colors.

In short the specs are as follows:

  • GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, 1408 CUDA Cores, 6GB GDDR6, 192 Bit Memory Bus
  • 1800 MHz Boost, 1815 MHz 1-Click OC Clock, Memory Speed 14Gbps
  • Display Support: DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual-Link DVI-D
  • Minimum 450W or greater system power supply (This is one of the biggest reasons this card is value for money and easy for people upgrading to a new graphic card)
  • Supports Microsoft DirectX 12 API, Vulkan API, OpenGL 4.6

But to make this GPU the Best Budget graphics card 2020 we need numbers. Here are some game benchmark results for the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super

GTA 5 @1080p (DX11, FXAA On, Sliders Maxed, MSAA 2X, Motion Blur 0, AF X16, Reflection MSAA Off, Ambient Occulusion High)
Average FPS – 130
1% Low – 88

Battlefield V @1080p (DX11, HDR Off, FFR On, Ultra Settings)
Average FPS – 83
1% Low – 70

Overwatch @1080p (Epic Settings, 100% Render Scale, Triple Buffering Off)
Average FPS – 158
1% Low – 134

Metro Exodus @1080p (DX12, Ultra Settings, Motion Blur Normal, PHYSX Off, Tessellation Full, AF16X, RT/DLSS Off)
Average FPS – 45
1% Low – 23

Apex Legends @1080p (Everything Maxed)
Average FPS – 90
1% Low – 65

PUBG @1080p (Everything Maxed, Sharpen and Motion Blur Disabled)
Average FPS – 92
1% Low – 76

Forza Horizon 4 @1080p (Ultra with Optimisation ON)
Average FPS – 119
1% Low – 86

Final Words about the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super – If you are someone who wants to play most AAA games at Ultra settings @60 fps and maybe stream someday than this is the best budget graphic card you can buy.

GTX 1660 Super Cards I recommend to buy from Amazon are below:
(Factors I consider are cooling, build quality and pricing)

GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super 1-Click OC 6GB GDDR6 192-bit (Great OC, Mid range size, 9/10 value for money)

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan 6GB GDDR6 192-bit (Small form factor for compact builds, 8/10 since has low headroom for OC)

MSI GTX 1660 Super Ventus XS OC 6GB GDDR6 Gaming Graphic Card (Best in class + all that funky RGB + Amazing cooling but is a bit expensive, 9/10 value for money but use it on a tight budget only if you are a RGB fanatic)

Thanks for reading!

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