MSI GTX 1660 Ventus XS 6G OC
6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 Boost Clock 1830 MHz 1 x HDMI 2.0b 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 1408 CUDA Cores PCI Express 3.0 x16
MSI’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus XS OC is a factory overclocked graphics card that comes in at a more affordable price than the premium Gaming X version from the same manufacturer. The GPU uses the Nvidia TU116 chip, which is also used in the GTX 1660 Ti cards. However, in the GTX 1660, 2 out of the chip’s 24 streaming multiprocessors have been disabled. This has resulted in a CUDA core count of 1,408, compared to 1,536 in the Ti. It’s still considerably more powerful and efficient than its predecessor, the GTX 1060 6GB. See our roundup of the top GTX 1660 cards here.
MSI GTX 1660 Ventus XS 6G OC Overview
MSI’s GTX 1660 lineup consists of four designs that differ in terms of size, the cooling solution used. They also vary internally based on whether a factory overclock has been applied. The Gaming/Gaming X is at the top of the range, followed by the Armor, the Ventus XS (this card), and finally the small, ITX-adapted Aero ITX.
The Ventus XS 6G OC also comes in a relatively compact form factor and is equipped with two fans in MSI’s Torx 2.0 design. Compared to the default 1785 MHz boost clock, MSI has increased the Ventus XS boost clock to 1830 MHz (a 3% increase). No changes have been made to the memory clocks (6GB of GDDR5 VRAM), which run at slightly above 8,000 MHz (effective). The resulting memory bandwidth is 192GB/s.
Like other Ventus GPUs, the GTX 1660 Ventus XS requires two PCI slots and a single 8-pin PCI power cable (130W TDP). The card also comes with a protective backplate to enhance rigidity.
Performance and Features
The Turing-based Nvidia GTX 1660 GPU is a successor to the Pascal-based 1060 6GB. In terms of performance, it is considerably faster than the GTX 1650 and a bit slower than the 1660 Ti. Unlike the GeForce RTX series, the Turing GTX cards don’t support ray tracing, but comes with other improvements over Pascal, such as variable-rate shading. There is no reference design of the GTX 1660, so the designs used are normally the individual manufacturers’ standard layouts.
Many of the available cards are overclocked from the factory, which affects performance by a small amount. The graph below contains averages from different systems running the GTX 1660.
The Ventus XS OC 6G should perform slightly better than the average listed above due to its small overclock.
The card tops out at roughly 65 Degrees C while gaming. So that’s not bad at all, the acoustics I’d rate as silent …
Specification: MSI GTX 1660 Ventus XS 6G OC