Not a while ago there was a graphics card that was the go-to if you want a capable gaming laptop, without destroying your budget. However, one of the latest NVIDIA chips offers you very good performance at a relatively low cost and is easily manageable in terms of temperatures.
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The newer competitor of the bunch is built around the 12nm Turing architecture, while the GTX 1060 relies on a 16nm Pascal chip. In terms of CUDA core count, the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q has 1536, whereas the GTX 1060 has 1280. However, the Turing graphics card works at a lower frequency – 1140-1335 MHz compared to 1404-1670 MHz on the older model. This helps it have a significantly lower TDP – 60W vs 80W.
Either of them is equipped with a 192-bit 6GB VRAM – GDDR6 for the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q and GDDR5 for the GTX 1060, respectively. Due to the Max-Q design, however, both of them have the same Bandwidth – 192 GB/s.
Synthetic benchmarks show around 10% advantage in favor of the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with the difference going above 20% in the Unigine Superposition benchmark.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
This pattern continues in AAA gaming, with the exception of the Rise of the Tomb Raider, where the difference is negligible.
|Far Cry 5||Full HD, Normal (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||88 fps||81 fps||76 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060||73 fps||68 fps||63 fps|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, MAX (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||109 fps||55 fps||36 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060||102 fps||51 fps||34 fps|
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||70 fps||61 fps||40 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060||61 fps||53 fps||35 fps|
Once again the Turing architecture has proven its worth and managed to grasp the win in this showdown. There is no “however” here, though, the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is better in every paragraph – performance, heat output and ability to be integrated into a smaller device.
All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q (6GB GDDR6)
All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)