GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060 – Gaming Laptop Comparison

GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060 – Gaming Laptop Comparison

Which graphics should you pick in your next
laptop? The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, or is it worth paying more for the RTX 2060? In this comparison
we’ll take a look at the differences in gaming performance, thermals, battery life
and more to help you decide which is worth it. Let’s take a look at how the laptop GTX
1660 Ti and RTX 2060 differ in terms of specs. The RTX 2060 has 25% more CUDA cores than
the 1660 Ti, however the 1660 Ti is capable of higher base and boost clock speeds. Both
graphics options have 6GB of GDDR6 memory, however the 2060’s is a bit faster. The power limits of both graphics also differ
a bit, the 1660 Ti is available with options from 60 watts up to 80 watts, while the 2060
can be found in 80 and 90 watt configurations. In my case both graphics are running at the
top end of the specified GPU power limit, so my 1660 Ti runs at 80 watts while the 2060
runs at 90 watts, expect different results with different power limits. This will vary
between laptops, so unfortunately these results aren’t globally applicable, but should show
us the differences between the best possible 1660 Ti and 2060 laptops. The reason I’m comparing these two is because
the RTX 2060 is the next step up from the GTX 1660 Ti at the moment. To compare fairly I’ve basically got two
of the same laptop so I can do the most possible apples to apples comparison. Massive thanks
to Metabox here in Australia for lending me these units to do this comparison, you can
find prices and links in the description. These are the same Clevo chassis, the only
difference is that one has the GTX 1660 Ti while the other one has the RTX 2060. Both laptops otherwise have the same i7-9750H
CPU, same 16gb of memory in dual channel, same battery and cooling solution, making
this ideal for a best case GPU comparison as we want to minimize as many other component
differences as possible. Both laptops were tested on the same day under
the same conditions with the same Windows updates and Nvidia drivers installed, so let’s
get into the results. Control was tested walking through the start
of the game with the high setting preset, which is the highest option available. In
this game the RTX 2060 was scoring almost 22% higher average FPS, while the 1% low result
from the 2060 wasn’t far behind the average FPS from the 1660 Ti. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was tested using the
built in benchmark at ultra settings, and this game saw one of the smallest differences
between the two graphics out of all games tested with just a 7% higher average frame
rate with the 2060, however there was a larger 27% improvement seen to the 1% low performance. Borderlands 3 was also tested with ultra settings
using the game’s built in benchmark tool, this time the 2060 was 13.5% ahead of the
1660 Ti in terms of average frame rate, with a slightly higher 15% increase to the 1% low
performance. Battlefield 5 was tested with ultra settings
in campaign mode. I’ve also tested it with RTX on, shown by the green bars, and RTX off
in purple. With RTX off the 2060 was 14.5% ahead of the 1660 Ti in terms of average FPS,
but with RTX on the 2060 was almost 50% faster. This larger difference is due to the RTX hardware
the 2060 offers, though at ultra settings the frame rates still weren’t great for
a first person shooter. Apex legends was tested with max settings
in the new season 3 map. The 2060 was reaching average frame rates 14.5% higher than the
1660 Ti, with a smaller 10% increase to 1% low performance. Realistically the game was
still very playable even maxed out on either though. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the built in benchmark, and with the highest setting preset it tends to be fairly GPU bound,
which probably explains why the 2060 was a higher 17.6% ahead of the 1660 Ti in average
FPS. The Division 2 was also tested with the built
in benchmark with ultra settings. There was no real difference in terms of 1% low in this
game, while the 2060 was able to achieve an 11% higher average frame rate over the 1660
Ti. Fortnite was tested using the replay feature
with the exact same replay on each machine using epic settings. In this test the 2060
was 16% ahead of the 1660 Ti in average FPS, with a smaller 9% improvement to the 1% low. PUBG was also tested with the same replay
on each machine at max settings. This game saw a much larger 26% higher average frame
rate with the 2060, with an even bigger 31% higher 1% low, so it seems that this game
really benefits from the 2060. F1 2019 was tested with the built in benchmark
with the highest setting preset, and was on the lower side out of the games tested with
just an 8% improvement to average FPS with the 2060, however the improvement to the 1%
low was about double this, with the 2060 scoring a 16% lead in that regard. Metro Exodus was also tested with the built
in benchmark at ultra settings, and at higher setting levels it gets quite GPU bound, resulting
in the 2060 performing 20% better in terms of average frame rate, with almost a similar
boost to the 1% low, which was 19.4% higher than the 1660 Ti. CS:GO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark
at max settings. This game tends to be fairly CPU bound, so a change in graphics only usually
makes little difference, which was the case here. The 2060 was only 2.6% faster in terms
of average FPS, putting this game in last place out of all titles tested in terms of
differences. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark at maximum settings. Like CS:GO just before it, I’ve found this
test to be quite CPU heavy, so the change in graphics doesn’t really matter as much
compared to most other games tested. There was just a 5% increase to average frame rate
with the 2060 here. Rainbow Six Siege was also tested with the
built in benchmark at ultra settings. This game was about on average with the other games,
scoring 14% higher average FPS with the 2060, with a slightly higher 16% boost to 1% low
performance when compared with the 1660 Ti. Overwatch was tested in the practice range
as it allows me to perform the exact same test run, perfect for a comparison like this.
At epic settings the 2060 was 15% ahead of the 1660 Ti in average FPS, and almost 10%
ahead in 1% low performance. The Witcher 3 tends to be more GPU bound in
my experience, and was another game that scored above average out of the titles tested with
the 2060, getting a 17% higher average frame rate, and a slightly lower 15% increase to
the 1% low. Strange Brigade was tested with the built
in benchmark and is our only Vulkan title. At ultra settings there was an above average
19% higher average frame rate with the RTX 2060, and the 1% low rose by the same amount
too. In terms of overall improvement, over these
17 games the 2060 graphics is performing just 14% better in terms of average FPS. As you
can see, the performance difference varies between games, tests that are more CPU bound
like CS:GO and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey saw much lower differences while others like
control saw more than a 20% improvement with the 2060. I’ve also tested some synthetic benchmarks,
including 3DMark’s Time Spy, Fire Strike, and Port Royal. As these are synthetic graphical
tests, the differences are larger than most of the games just tested, with the 2060 coming
out 20% higher than the 1660 Ti in Fire Strike and Time Spy. Port Royal uses ray tracing,
and as this is expected to perform much better on the 2060 due to its RTX hardware its score
was over 150% higher. As both machines have the same cooling solution
and thermal paste we can accurately compare temperature differences. I left both laptops
running the Heaven benchmark at max settings for an hour in a room with an ambient temperature
of 22 degrees Celsius, and the 2060 was clearly warmer, so in games the additional performance
will come at the cost of additional heat. This makes sense when we consider that the
2060 is going to draw more power in order to hit higher levels of performance. My 2060
has a 90 watt TDP while my 1660 Ti has an 80 watt TDP. While playing the Witcher 3 at
ultra settings we can see the 2060 laptop was using 20% more power, which resulted in
17% higher average FPS in this title. The lower power draw of the 1660 Ti seems
to translate into increased battery life too. As both laptops have removable batteries I
actually took out the battery from one of the laptops to test with both machines, so
they were both tested with the exact same battery. The 1660 Ti laptop lasted around
26% longer while playing the Witcher 3, and this was with Nvidia battery boost capping
the frame rate to 30 FPS, however with this particular battery both laptops weren’t
passing 26 FPS anyway. Now for the final difference, the price, you
can check the links in the description for up to date laptop prices with either graphics
card, as prices will change over time. This will depend on where you live, but in general
expect the RTX 2060 to cost more money, as it’s a higher tier graphics option. Let’s start with US pricing, in this example
this same Clevo chassis with 1660 Ti is $1189 USD, while the 2060 model with same specs
is $100 more at $1289 USD, so 8.4% money for an on average 14% higher average frame rate,
sounds ok to me. I’ll use the Lenovo Y540 as another example,
the 1660 Ti model starts at $900 USD at the moment, while the 2060 is only an extra $100,
or $90 with the current sale, so 10% more money, again sounds pretty fair relative to
the performance increase. If you spec both up higher the difference between the two as
a percentage should lower too, for example with the more expensive i7 CPU, 144Hz screen
and dual channel memory, the total cost is higher but the difference between the 1660
Ti and 2060 is still $90 USD, meaning the 2060 is just 7.7% more money now. Here in Australia if we compare these two
machines from Metabox the 1660 Ti model is $1783 AUD while the 2060 model is $1973 AUD,
so again around 10% more money for the 2060. The improvement definitely isn’t that large
between the two, granted it does depend on the game, but based on these prices I think
it does represent a fair improvement, you’re kind of getting the increase you’re paying
for. This is of course with the highest 1660 Ti and 2060 though, if you get a laptop with
a lower powered 80 watt 2060 then the differences will be less. Unfortunately it’s difficult
to know the power limit in most cases as it’s not advertised, they’re all just advertised
as being 2060, so you’ll have to check reviews like mine to see what configuration a specific
model is sold with. There’s also the argument of ray tracing.
Although GTX graphics can now run RTX games, the performance is generally nowhere near
as good compared to the RTX graphics that speed up these tasks at the hardware level.
With that said though, personally I don’t think the RTX 2060 is that impressive in regards
to ray tracing, in many of the games I test turning it on drops the frame rate quite a
bit, I’d prefer to just run RTX off with higher settings and get higher FPS, but that’s
me. This may change in the future as more games start to implement ray tracing and it
becomes better optimized, but at the moment the selection of games is quite small and
the performance on the 2060 isn’t that impressive so I wouldn’t be buying the 2060 purely
for ray tracing in mind. If you are interested in using RTX at a base level though, then
the 2060 will give you much better results than the 1660 Ti. As we’ve seen in general the price increase
for the 2060 seems fair over the 1660 Ti, so personally if I was buying today I’d
just pay the extra for a similar boost to overall performance, ray tracing aside. With
that said though, I think the 1660 Ti is a great sweet spot for laptop gaming today,
so you can’t really go wrong with that either. Let me know which graphics you’d pick down
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32 thoughts on “GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060 – Gaming Laptop Comparison”

  • Hi just wanna ask a question. On the acer helios 300 2019 , is it ok to leave the turbo mode on all the time? or use that option always? will there be a future damage on the fans/laptop in the future? Thanks . Nice video explanation btw 😀

  • I've been hanging for this comparison since buying my new laptop. Thanks for showing it was worth the extra $100.

    Great review. Easily my go to now for hardware reviews. ?

  • Was in the market for a gaming laptop, went with msi gs65 stealth 1660ti. The 2060 was 200 bucks more at best buy

  • I wonder if they both ran on 80W if the gap would be slim. Yet the future proofing for the newer technology is undeniable, that is if you have the money to burn.

  • thanks for the video.specially the temps…because for many,thermals &less working fan is what they want in their laptop;especially as laptops have shared pipelines which translates to increase/decrease cpu temps as well.

  • Hi Jarrod's, great video.
    Could you make a video in which you explain how to properly perform an undervolt, the software you use and details about it as the fact that it is automatically configured and so on?
    Thank you so much.

  • Both GPUs are behemoths ! @Jarrod'sTech, could you benchmark Destiny 2? I returned to the game, and im willing to update from my laptop to a new one and that is the game i play the most now.

  • Here's the thing. I have a MSI GS65 with a 1660ti and I much prefer this for a laptop GPU over the 2060 variant which at the time was $200 more expensive. Couple of logical reasons bare with me:

    First, The 1660ti runs cooler. Yes it's not as well in performance however for a laptop where heat management is a core issue if you're a gamer. It makes the most sense to have a good thermal result with good gpu performance. I was able to overclock my GPU with afterburner to run core 2050MHZ and 6285mhz memory and I have excellent performance while still have better thermals compared to a 2060.

    Second, Even if say a laptop was $50 more for a 2060. To me theres not a point because at 144hz a 2060 card can't run RTX games with RTX. So it's a selling feature that to me is pointless. You pretty much have to go for 2070+ if you're going to say "but you can run RTX on a 2060 over 1660ti". The correct detriment that should be mentioned with a 2060 vs 1660ti is you can run G sync on an external monitor only on a 2060 and not a 1660ti. So with that said, if you do plan on running a 144hz monitor at optimal frames then it makes sense. However this can be mitigated entirely by just buying a configured 1660ti laptop with a good 144hz screen.

    Third, the price for performance at best is worth $100 more for a 2060 but to me the 1660ti is a clear winner. The performance is still excellent and I love that my laptop runs cooler. Which indirectly affects my CPU running cooler.

  • I appreciate all the work you did here comparing these. Your results are right on par with the results on USER BENCHMARK. They have the rtx 2060 performing on average 16% faster than the gtx 1660ti.

  • The problem is, I do believe that most 2060 laptops are only 80 watts, making it a smaller difference than shown here, but yes, if the price difference is low, it's probably worth it. It's just far behind the desktop version compared to 1660 ti which is only 10-15% behind. I am interested to see the difference between the 1660 ti and 2070 max q, as it offers higher boost over 2060 but not as unreasonable as 2080 max q, something like an upgrade in the new MAG 15. thanks for the video!

  • Hii mate! I actually can’t decide between legion y540 rtx 2060 and gtx 1660 ti model. Also wanted to know whether rtx model of legion y540 has the 90 w TDP model ?? And also in my country the difference in price between two model is about $ 200. Is really worth getting rtx model in the first place?? BTW great video as always ??.Your help will be highly appreciated.

  • Hi Jarrod's Tech , Huge fan here… You're basically the best Youtuber for this stuff.. and I really want to know you're opinion on SAGER laptops , I want to buy one that has a RTX 2060 , i7 9750h combo and I really conflicted because I can't find reviews on their laptops on Youtube , However on Amazon they seem to have VERY VERY GOOD RATINGS almost 5/5 on everything , which makes me think that they're fake reviews due to the sheer number of good reviews for such a obscure brand while having a lack of Youtube Reviews.. They're laptops are also much cheaper than their competition with VERY VERY HIGH SPECS in the laptops… what are your thoughts? Should I buy a SAGER Laptop? They have amazing specs for much cheaper than people like Dell,Lenovo,Alienware and Acer

  • Have you considered no longer featuring Blizzard products like Overwatch in your videos, due to the recent abhorrent behaviour of the developer?

  • I've just recently had to make this decision. I had two laptops to choose from, one with the 2060, the other with the 1660 Ti. I ended up going with the 1660 model because it offered a few more bells and whistles (144hz screen, i7 processor as opposed to i5, etc) and I'm happy with it for the moment. I know the 2060 is slightly more powerful, but it really only comes out if you want to play the latest games on Ultra settings. I'm planning to get a desktop next year for that. Until then, this one can play practically all games from last year and some current titles at 1080p on High.

  • I prefer the 1660 ti because is less warmer, and for a laptop having lower temperature is crucial. There are not too many differences in performance, so i think the GTX 1660 ti is for me the right choice.