For our power testing, we used AIDA64 to stress the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black, then HWiNFO to monitor power use and temperatures.
After the stress test has ramped up the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black, we see it tops out at 132.6Watts under full load and 15.9Watts at idle. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black saves 169.3Watts at capacity over the ROG Strix GTX1080 Ti OC which is a considerable amount of power savings. It also uses noticeably less power than the RTX 2060 6GB card.
A key reason that we started this series was to answer the cooling question. Blower-style coolers have different capabilities than some of the large dual and triple fan gaming cards. In the case of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black which uses a huge triple slot cooler that spans the entire PCB and a single tuned cooling fan, we expect to see better cooling vs. blower style coolers.
Temperatures for the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black show its large heatsink is up to the task of cooling this card. If you have a chassis with minimal airflow, that is going to be something you will want to look at. These temperature ranges are acceptable for small form factor workstations.
We find EVGA did an excellent job with the cooling solution on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black, temperatures stay low, and the fan makes little noise. Small form factor workstation usually has tight spaces for graphics cards and cannot fit full sized GPU’s in length. Most of these types of workstations will be working with applications and workloads that do not require a significant investment in hardware and this is where the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black fits in perfectly, its price point is considerably less than a RTX 2060. We also like that EVGA rolled out two different versions of the GTX 1660 Ti, the Ultra is a nice card for systems that are built on tower style cases.