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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:24

Today is GTX 560 day

Written by Slobodan Simic
nvidia

The souped-up GTX 460

Although it was detailed a while back, Nvidia has finally launched its new $200 card, the GTX 560. Easily mistaken by less informed customers for the GTX 560 Ti, which was by the way an interesting mid-range card, the GTX 560 is a direct replacement for the, now quite old, GTX 460.

Spec wise, the GTX 560 is based on Nvidia's quite well known 40nm GF114 GPU, the same one behind the GTX 560 Ti card. In this case, Nvidia simply cut one block leaving the GTX 560 with a 336 CUDA cores instead of the 384 on the fully enabled GF114. The clocks are a different story, as you can easily consider it as a super overclocked GTX 460 working at 810MHz for the GPU, 1620MHz for those CUDA cores and 4008MHz for the 1GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 256-bit memory interface.

Of course, those are the reference clocks and by the look of things, there won't be much of those cards as most partners are shooting for the sky with this one by releasing cards that are factory overclocked and paired up with custom coolers. The factory overclocked, custom cooling, may add a bit confusion as those will not surely end up as $200 cards. The naming scheme will surely benefit Nvidia as the GTX 560 Ti certainly made an impact as a decent mid-range gaming card.

The price leaves a bitter aftertaste as we are looking at cards that will sell for around US $230, which is by the way the price of the reference GTX 560 Ti. The competition, AMD's US $200 price HD 6870 still looks pretty good and can surely keep up with the GTX 560.

When put against the GTX 460, the GTX 560 is a good way to go, as it features improved performance as well as an improved performance per Watt. In any case, Nvidia now has a US $200 card to keep it in the game. You can check out some reviews below and ours can be found here.

- Techpowerup.com (MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II, Palit GTX 560 2GB, Asus GeForce GTX 560 TOP Direct CU II)
- Anandtech.com
- Hothardware.com
- Tweaktown.com

- Overclockersclub.com

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+17 #1 Tasty Taste 2011-05-17 20:54
waste of my time
 
 
+23 #2 TechHog 2011-05-17 21:32
This soup is old and a bit overpriced.
 
 
+9 #3 pogsnet 2011-05-17 23:53
"which was by the way an interesting mid-range card, the GTX 560 is a direct replacement for the, now quite old, GTX 460."

How old was GTX 460? Less than a year for sure. Was that too old? How about those 8800GT-9800GT-GTS250-3XX they are sold more than 3 years.

Anyway... this is a little faster than GTX 460 and 10W less power consumption, not very interesting.
 
 
+3 #4 darkpulse 2011-05-18 02:45
Cant Nvidia concentrate on making something competitive instead of wasting time? atleast competition will make things intertesting and start price wars which is good for us end-users.
 
 
-3 #5 TheDude 2011-05-18 05:01
Quoting Tasty Taste:
waste of my time

But you have time to comment ?, your a typical twit. Anyways back on topic, half decent card that's cheaper than the Ti and faster than the 460/550, what's the problem?.
 
 
0 #6 thomasg 2011-05-18 08:10
Maybe this will bring 6870 prices down
 
 
+4 #7 123s 2011-05-18 09:09
Quoting TheDude:
Quoting Tasty Taste:
waste of my time

But you have time to comment ?, your a typical twit. Anyways back on topic, half decent card that's cheaper than the Ti and faster than the 460/550, what's the problem?.
The price.
 
 
+2 #8 Boomstick777 2011-05-18 09:34
"Today is GTX 560 day"

Did anyone else read that and think who cares?
 
 
+2 #9 arclight 2011-05-19 08:40
The Asus Direct Cu II is on average just as fast as reference GTX 560 TI (i own one from Gainward) but it's 10$ cheaper and i think it's not as loud as the Ti.

My GTX 560 Ti sounds like a vacum cleaner with the fan over 49% and while playing games like Crysis 2 the fan often stays above 50%.

If someone is looking for a midrange card and is considering a 6870, GTX 560, GTX 560 Ti, whatever you want to buy just get one with a custom dual fan cooler, the peace of mind you get will be alot more important than 2 or 3 fps you lose in performance. Trust me i feagured that out myself, the hard way.

LE: Only board partners can make interesting custom designs for this card, the vanila GTX 560 is just a big yawn fest.
 

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