The RTX range of Nvidia GPUs have landed with mixed opinion due to their high price points, and this left Nvidia with no options for the lower end of the market.
They are now padding out their current generation of GPUs to accommodate all budgets, and for users that perhaps don't need a GPU for gaming but just media or multi-monitor setups.
The new range of cards remove the ray tracing features and therefore drop the RTX branding. We have already seen the launch of the GTX 1660 Ti, which again has landed with some mixed feelings. They offer slightly better than GTX 1070 performance while coming in at a lower RRP with options from £260. Some people feel this is not enough drop in money for the performance of a card 2 years old and the price difference between the GTX 1660ti and RTX 2060 isn't big enough.
Various leaks have already confirmed new lower end models in the for of the GeForce GTX 1660 and GeForce GTX 1650.
According to DigiTimes, NVIDIA will unveil its GeForce GTX 1660 non-Ti SKU on March 15th, which is to be followed by GeForce GTX 1650 on April 30th. The latter is rumored to feature Turing TU117 GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 memory, whereas the former is believed to come with 6GB of the frame buffer, although it may not be based on GDDR6 technology (likely GDDR5 or GDDR5X).
The two cards are to enter the market at a 179-229 USD price range, currently occupied by AMD Polaris 20-based Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 series.
Performance and price wise I suspect it will follow the trend of all the other cards, in particular, it is likely that the GeForce GTX 1650 will offer close to GTX 1060 performance at a fractionally lower price point. Though that would mean the GTX 1660 non-Ti would need to slot in between the the GTX 1070 and 1060 in terms of performance.
GeForce GTX 16 “Turing” Series
|GeForce GTX 1650||GeForce GTX 1660||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||GeForce RTX 2060|
|GPU||12nm FF TU117 (TBC)||12nm FF TU116||12nm FF TU116||12nm FF TU106|
|Memory||4GB GDDR5 (TBC)||6GB GDDR5||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6|
|Memory Bus||128-bit (TBC)||192-bit||192-bit||192-bit|
|MSRP||179 USD (TBC)||229 USD (TBC)||279 USD||349 USD|
|Launch Date||April 30th (TBC)||March 15th (TBC)||February 22nd||January 7th|