The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black Idle Temperatures:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black Gaming Temperatures:
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black has a single fan that spins at all times, but it manages to do a good job on this 2.75-slot graphics card. Our card was found to be idling at 27C with the fan running at 1,000 RPM. After playing PUBG for over an hour we found that the temperatures topped out at 62C and the fan speed doubled up to 2,000 RPM.
The default GPU Temp Target for this card is 83C, so hitting just 62C at load is mighty impressive! Noise levels were more than acceptable and this GPU cooler shouldn’t be heard from a couple feet away over your other case fans in a PC with good airflow even while gaming.
For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Rainbow Six Siege at 1440P and recorded the peak power number while the in-game benchmark was running. This is done to ensure the results are repeatable.
Power Consumption Results: The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black uses less power at load than the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and that makes sense as EVGA is running at lower core clock speeds. Running at just 230 Watts of power draw while gaming is mighty impressive and is nearly 80 Watts less power than the AMD Radeon RX 590 model that we tested.