NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Review

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The reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti looks much like the GTX 460, but there are some improvement lurking beneath the card’s fan shroud. NVIDIA improved the cooling by using a larger heatsink with an additional heatpipe, there is now a 4-phase power circuit instead of 3-phase, and 5Gbps memory chips were installed on the GTX 560, versus 4Gbps modules on GTX 460. A base plate for VRM/memory cooling was also added to help stiffen the board.

  
Reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti

The stock reference specifications call for an 822MHz core clock, with 1644MHz shaders, and 1002MHz (4008MHz effective) memory. At those frequencies, the GTX 560 Ti offers 52.6GTexels/s of fillrate and 128.4GB/s of memory bandwidth—a far cry from its GeForce 4 Ti namesake. The TDP of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is 170 watts and the card required a pair of 6-pin power connectors. Like other GeForce GTX 500 series cards, outputs on the 560 Ti consist of a pair of dual-link DVI outputs and a single mini-HDMI out. Although there are three outputs to use the card in a triple-monitor NVIDIA surround setup, a second card is required.

As you’ll see, the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti is quite the speedster, but many of NVIDIA’s partners will actually be launching overclocked variants right out of the gate. The card you see here, the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II, is one of three overclocked 560 Ti’s MSI has planned.

 

 
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II

The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II is a custom design that features a different PCB than reference models and a much more elaborate dual-fan cooler. The Twin Frozr II cooler had dual 80mm fans that sit above a large heatsink with nickel-plated copper base that’s linked to an array of aluminum fins by a pair of 8mm heatpipes. There is also a secondary heatplate underneath that cools the memory and VRM and helps stiffen the PCB. The MSI cooler proved to be very effective during testing and unlike some previous designs, it remained nice and quiet too. Other features of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II include the company’s “Military Class II” components, which consist of Hi-c capacitors, super ferrite chokes, and all solid, aluminum core caps.

The frequencies of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II model you see here (model no. V238) are 880MHz for the GPU core, 1760MHz for the shaders, and 1050MHz (4200MHz effective) for the memory. Those are nice steps up from the reference specs and as you’ll see later they gave the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II a significant boost in performance. We should note, MSI also a 900MHz and a 950MHz model planned, the former of which will also feature a copper fan shroud.

 
AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB

Spoiler Alert:
As has become the norm with the last few GPU releases from either camp, new products are arriving alongside the GTX 560 Ti that will rival its performance. To go head to head with the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti, AMD is launching a 1GB Radeon HD 6950 card, which you see pictured here. The specifications and features are identical to the original 2GB model, with the only exception being the new card’s smaller frame buffer. Pricing for the 1GB model is, as expected, lower than the 2GB card at $259, which will put it right in line with some GTX 560 Ti cards. AMD’s partners are also readying overclocked Radeon HD 6870 cards, which we’ve also received just in time for testing as well.

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. This puppy was made in August of last year. Over five months old and still fresh as a daisy!

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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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