NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Review

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Titanium. It’s a lightweight, yet relatively strong metal that conjures up images of sleek airplanes or powerful spacecraft. It’s used in a multitude of different machines and tools, from the Boeing 777 to surgical implants, where high tensile strength, low weight, and strong resistance to corrosion and high temperatures are desired. To us computer geeks though, Titanium, or more specifically its chemical symbol ‘Ti’, takes us back almost a decade to the release of NVIDIA’s GeForce 4 Ti series of graphics cards with its whopping 128MB frame buffers and the flagship Ti 4600 model’s impressive 10.4GB/s of memory bandwidth. Wow, time sure flies when you’re evaluating graphics cards. But, we digress...

The reason we bring up the GeForce 4 Ti is that NVIDIA is resurrecting the Ti moniker with a new GPU targeting mainstream market segments, dubbed the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. If you’ve been on top of the graphics space the last few months, you’ll no doubt be aware that NVIDIA recently introduced the GeForce GTX 580 and 570, which feature the GF110 GPU; an updated version of the GF100 which arrived with the GeForce GTX 480. In a similar move, the GF114 GPU that powers the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a new take on the GF104, which debuted on the GeForce GTX 460 a few months back.

We’ve got a couple of GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards in the lab, a reference model from NVIDIA and a factory overclocked speedster from MSI. Strap yourself in and come along for the ride as we check out what will undoubtedly be a popular card with budget conscious PC gamers.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Reference Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Specifications & Features



The reference specifications for the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti are listed in the table above. While the numbers don't seem to align themselves with any previous GPU from NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is actually very similar to the GeForce GTX 460. Let us explain.

The GF114 GPU at the heart of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is actually an update to the GF104 used on the GTX 460. As was the case with the GF110 on the GeForce GTX 580, which was essentially a reworked GF100, the new GF114 is a respin of the GF104. In terms of features, the GF114 remains unchanged, but NVIDIA worked with their foundry partner, TSMC, to respin the chip and implement a new transisor mix designed to reduce power consumption and increase yields. As a side benefit, the new GF114 is also capable of hitting higher clocks.


NVIDIA GF114 Block Diagram

The GF114 is manufactured using TSMC's advanced 40nm process node, and features roughly 1.95 billion transistors. The chip sports 2 graphics processing clusters, 8 streaming multiprocessors, 384 CUDA cores, 64 texture units, and 32 ROPs. It also sports a 256-bit memory interface, with support for GDDR5 memory, and a 512KB cache.

Each of the streaming multiprocessors in the GF114 GPU features 48 CUDA cores, 8 texture units, various registers and cache, and its own PolyMorph engine. You can see each functional block outlined in the diagram above and it's actually the same as the one we used to illustrate the GF104’s configuration. But remember, the GF104 was never sold in its full configuration. The GTX 460 had only 7 SMs enabled, with 56 texture units, and the 768MB configuration had only 24 ROPs.

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It is actually good to see a nice solid card from Nvidia with a good price.  AMD still has the advantage of selling smaller chips with roughly the same performance for roughly the same price. 

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"As an interesting aside, one of the most interesting “features” of the 1GB Radeon HD 6970 we received was its date of manufacture. Yeah, you’re reading the sticker in the image correctly."

What were those dip switches in that picture for?

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Nice review guys. This looks to be an affordable, but capable choice for those cleaving to a budget.

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Nice, I guess a lot of people have been waiting for this card  for the performance and @ the excellent price range it is offered in.  As of now the GTX 560 is at the top of my list for for my Cuda Enabled needs.

One things for sure, expect the 470 and 460 to have excellent discounts and offers, so we the consumers are the winners, plus the used cards prices will also  come down, so early February will be a great time to upgrade.

Hey, when can we expect a SLI review?....Two of these bad boys,no doubt , outperform the GTX 580.

 

 

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Great review.

This is probably the first card I would consider if I were building a new system right now.  I can just never make myself spend $300 or more on a card.  Until AMD steps up their driver releases to keep current with Xorg/kernel improvements, nVidia's much less hassle for me.

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I love the fact that you guys use f1 2010 for testing! I play that game with my 5770 and it looks and run pretty good at everything max out. 

My next upgrade will be that 6970 :)

 

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AMD just released Open GL 4.1 drivers for Linux,...right?

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Sweet, the price is... i wish a tad bit lower, but then that applies to everything i want haha.

But good nonetheless. Though i'm not a gamer, my younger brother is... and hes annoyed by the Sapphite HD 3850 getting older.

I was looking at the ATI 6000's series, havnt looked into it with detail, but i might just consider this as a factor. Aahh, between this, a monitor, a new desktop (just cpu/mobo/ram), a PnS camera plus a few more things that need upgrading... Hothardware with their constant updated news makes these decisions even harder hahaha

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yep this card hits a great price performance ratio and is much more affordable for me at this time, because what I would gain in performance between the 570/580 would be negligible for me since I would rather spend $ on a bigger SSD and HD storage

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rrplay:
I would rather spend $ on a bigger SSD

Speaking of which, when will 120gb ssd (sandforce) not be $200+ ... The revodrive should have driven down those prices.

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This card looks good.  The price seems right for what you're getting.  Then again, the prices always even themselves out with all of the releases.

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