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[Comparison] NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (75W) vs GeForce GTX 1660 Ti – The GTX 1660 Ti is a tough opponent

With the new RTX 3050 Ti hitting the market strongly, we wonder what would happen if we put it against a more powerful GPU from the past. This is where the GTX 1660 Ti slots in. It was a beast in its class when it was released, and to be fair, it is still a beast to this day.

This is why a comparison between these two cards will be great. Is it better to get a laptop with the 1660 Ti for less money, or is the new RTX Ampere architecture able to overcome another challenger?

Here is our Top Laptop Graphics Ranking, where you can find the best laptop graphics.

Today we are comparing the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (60W) against the GTX 1660 Ti.

You can find more information about both GPUs here: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 60W) / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)

Specs table

RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 60W)GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
ArchitectureAmpereTuring
Lithography8 nm12 nm
Base / Max Frequency1222MHz / 1485MHz1455MHz / 1590MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6-12000MHzGDDR6-12000MHz
Memory capacity4GB6GB
Cores20481536
Power Consumption60W80W
Memory bus128-bit292-bit
Memory bandwidth192 GB/sec288 GB/sec

GPU benchmarks

The 1660 Ti managed to perform better in all three synthetic benchmarks, with score leads of 6%, 8%, and 1%, in 3DMark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Unigine Superposition, respectively.

Gaming tests

Far Cry 5Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 60W)100 fps (+6%)91 fps (+5%)85 fps (+2%)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)94 fps87 fps83 fps

rise-of-the-tomb-raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 60W)116 fps57 fps37 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)120 fps (+3%)65 fps (+14%)43 fps (+16%)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 60W)84 fps (+5%)71 fps –
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)80 fps76 fps (+7%)49 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 60W)77 fps (+4%)66 fps40 fps
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)74 fps66 fps43 fps (+7%)

Conclusion

In conclusion, the GTX 1660 Ti is still very competitive and you should be on the lookout for laptops with it. The performance that it offers is similar to the one of the RTX 3050 Ti. On the other hand, the RTX 3050 Ti offers Ray tracing capabilities, which might appeal to more people. Also, it’s the newer card, so optimizations are inbound in many games. If you don’t care that much about the future-proofing and just want a system to game on now, the GTX 1660 Ti is a great choice, however, CPUs that come with it will be older, as the GPU itself is a few years old.

All laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 60W):

All laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop):