PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Super Single Fan review: Tiny graphics card, big performance

This itty-bitty graphics card can fit into almost anything.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade ($50 on Humble) is a cooperative third-person shooter where a team of adventurers blasts through hordes of mythological enemies. It’s a technological showcase, built around the next-gen Vulkan and DirectX 12 technologies and infused with features like HDR support and the ability to toggle asynchronous compute on and off. It uses Rebellion’s custom Azure engine. We test the DX12 renderer with async compute off.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider ($60 on Humble) concludes the reboot trilogy, and it’s utterly gorgeous. Square Enix optimized this game for DX12, and recommends DX11 only if you’re using older hardware or Windows 7, so we test with the former. Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses an enhanced version of the Foundation engine that also powered Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands

Move over, Crysis. If you crank all the graphics options up to 11, like we do for these tests, Ghost Recon Wildlands ($50 on Humble) and its AnvilNext 2.0 engine absolutely melt GPUs. It’s by far the most strenuous game in our suite, even with newer stunners like Division 2 in the mix. The newer Ghost Recon Breakpoint is now available, but we haven’t been able to integrate it fully into our benchmarking suite just yet.

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F1 2018

The latest in a long line of successful games, F1 2018 ($60 on Humble) is a gem to test, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options—making it a much more reliable (and fun) option that the Forza series. It’s built on the fourth version of Codemasters’ buttery-smooth Ego game engine. We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies.

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Next page: Gaming, power, and thermal benchmarks

At a Glance
  • The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Super Single Fan is an ultra-small, very straightforward take on a superb 1080p gaming GPU. It's fast, quiet, cool, and should fit into almost any PC.

    Pros

    • Excellent 1080p gaming performance
    • Runs cool and quiet
    • No price premium
    • Very short 6.61-inch length for mITX cases

    Cons

    • Only 1 HDMI and DisplayPort
    • Zero extra features
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