MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Review

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The Ventus XS OC Edition box is a fairly simple affair, more in keeping with Nvidia's own design than anything else, but does it really matter too much when you'll open it and it will spend the rest of its life in a cupboard?

MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Packaging  

It's incredible that MSI have managed to provide a cooling solution on the Ventus XS that looks as good as it does and yet doesn't bust the budget. Clearly the plastic shroud and lack of lighting places it in an old school category, but equally when your finances are tight would you rather have a card which runs quickly and quietly, or one that looks like it cost the earth because it did? We'd take performance every time. Not everything has been sacrificed to get the Ventus XS to market at this price point though. You still get two TORX 2.0 fans, you still get a heatsink and heatpipe cooler beneath those fans, and you even get a backplate to help the aesthetics.


MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Fans  
MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Backplate  

The design of the cooler on the MSI Ventus XS OC Edition reminds us of a lot of cards we've owned in the past. The combination of branded side to the fan shroud and a heatpipe bursting out of the side is very evocative. Certainly the card is visually more expensive than its low pricing would have you guess.


MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Heat Sink  

Prising off the hood you can see that the Ventus XS might have a low price tag but that hasn't come at the expense of a modern style cooler. There is plenty of fins and a big fat heatpipe to go along with the two TORX 2.0 fans, keeping everything frosty no matter how hard your title of choice pushes it.


MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Heat pipe size  
MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Fin density  

Like all the other GTX 1660Ti cards we've reviewed so far the Ventus XS OC Edition requires a single 8 pin PCIe power input. Frugal.


MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Power input  

At the business end of the Ventus XS we find three DisplayPort outputs alongside a single HDMI. Owners of DVI monitors need to grab an adaptor, but by now HDMI has found its way onto most panels at ever price point and so this shouldn't be a big issue.


MSI GTX 1660Ti Ventus XS OC Edition Display Outputs  

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Most Recent Comments

05-03-2019, 17:42:38

Greenback
Don't know how much of an upgrade this would be for my 1060, but I do like the looksQuote

05-03-2019, 18:07:53

WYP
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Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
Don't know how much of an upgrade this would be for my 1060, but I do like the looks
If I was upgrading from a GTX 1060 I'd want something better than a GTX 1660 Ti. It's not a big enough change IMHO.

More CUDA cores and better performance thanks to Turing's compute changes, but I'd want a larger performance boost if I was upgrading. But that's just me.Quote

05-03-2019, 19:45:06

Greenback
Quote:
Originally Posted by WYP View Post
If I was upgrading from a GTX 1060 I'd want something better than a GTX 1660 Ti. It's not a big enough change IMHO.

More CUDA cores and better performance thanks to Turing's compute changes, but I'd want a larger performance boost if I was upgrading. But that's just me.
that's what I thought.Quote
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