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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1660 ti

I heard a lot of good things about the 1660 ti ($279.00). I don't have one and I don't intend on buying one. However I will never say never. If I saw it somewhere for say $150.00, sure I might pick one up.

For those who don't know...NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, its latest GPU for mainstream PC gamers. This new card carries the GeForce GTX title like the older Pascal cards but it is actually based on the Turing architecture, which is based on the GeForce RTX 2000 series gpu. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti’s TU116 has 1,536 active CUDA cores, which is more than the the GeForce GTX 1060, but less than the RTX 2060. The TU116 GPU also has 48  ROPs  just like the 1060 and 2060 but 96 texture units, which is somewhere in between the GTX 1060 (80 texture units) and RTX 2060 (120 texture units).

In many test I have seen across the web this card is more powerful than the more expensive GeForce GTX 1070. As of March 2019, the GTX 1070 goes for about 300.00 and up. In many results, I saw how the GTX 1660 Ti compared to the GTX 1070 at three resolutions and in many different games. I saw in one benchmark for Rise of the Tomb Raider on GNU/Linux. It was rendered with Vulkan at 1080p with the very high quality setting and it was the same as the RX Vega 56. As of March 2019 the RX Vega 56 goes for about 399.00.

The Mesa AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan

What I will be getting in the future is a Radeon RX Navi 3000 series card. According to a leak, the Radeon RX 30-series will be the first graphics cards to compete with Nvidia's current GeForce RTX 20-series. The Radeon RX 30-series GPUs should run well out-of-the-box with Linux 5.* + Mesa 19.* when they come to market. Vulkan games will see performance improvements out of box with the newer Mesa series. Linux 5.* and Mesa 19.* will be found in as packaged out-of-the-box in distros like  MX Linux 19, Fedora 30, Ubuntu 19.04 and many more others. Mesa has made many improvements to OpenGL/Vulkan drivers in 2018. There has also been improvements by Valve and other companies to make these opensorce drivers better for GNU/Linux gaming.

Note: Mesa implements various API’s (Application programming interface) like OpenGL, OpenGL ES, OpenCL, OpenMAX, VDPAU, VA API, XvMC and Vulkan.


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