ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 AMP
Meta-review: Testers are generally positive about the Zotac card, highlighting its good performance and compact form factor.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 AMP Prices
|Price history for ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 AMP 6GB GDDR5 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, IceStorm 2.0 Cooling, Wraparound Metal Backplate - ZT-T16600D-10M|
ZOTAC specializes in Nvidia-based graphics cards and the manufacturer’s lineup, of course, includes a full range of Turing-based cards. This compact GTX 1660 comes with two fans in spite of its petite stature, as well as a decent factory overclock (only the AMP version). Similar cards include MSI’s Ventus XS – another compact card with two fans – but it also competes with more conventional ITX-oriented boards like the Asus Phoenix. Visit our more comprehensive ranking of GTX 1660 boards for more general information about this GPU.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 AMP Overview
The GTX 1660 can be had in three flavors from Zotac, and in two different designs. One is a more conventional dual-fan card and the other two use this compact layout. In other words, there are two versions of the Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 AMP, but the second one (without the AMP in the name) is not overclocked.
As for the just-mentioned factory overclock, which is very common among GTX 1660-based video cards, Zotac has increased the default boost clock from the default 1785 MHz to 1845 MHz – a 3% increase (slightly higher than the Ventus XS). The 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM runs at the default clocks at just over 8,000 MHz (effective), resulting in the standard 192GB/s memory bandwidth.
The card requires a single 8-pin PCIe power cable and takes up two PCI slots. Another common denominator that the 1660 AMP shares with other similar cards are the display outputs on offer, which includes 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI port.
Performance and Features
The GTX 1660 uses the same chip (TU116) as the GTX 1660 Ti. But in the more affordable non-Ti, a portion of the CUDA cores have been disabled. Instead of the TU116’s full 1,536 cores, 1,408 are actually enabled. This obviously results in lower performance compared to the Ti model, but the GTX 1660 is still much faster than the GTX 1650. It’s also significantly faster than the GTX 1060 6GB that this card replaces.
The above scores are averages from different gaming PC builds running these cards and are not unique for the Zotac card. They are still a relatively good indication of relative GPU performance. In most actual games, however, the GTX 1660 usually outshines AMD Polaris-based cards.
In the Turing GTX cards, Nvidia removed some features from the RTX series. Most notably, the ray-tracing hardware has not been included in the mid-range models. Other features have been left intact, including various optimizations compared to Pascal, additional cache per CUDA core, and variable-rate shading.
… Zotac’s cards may not be the best when it comes to aesthetics or thermals, but they are certainly the cheapest and most widely available. The extended 5 years of warranty is an added bonus.
- Very compact dual-fan card
- Factory OC'ed
- Attractive pricing
- Not as effectively cooled as full-size cards
Specification: ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 AMP