NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU ReviewJust in time for the holiday buying season, NVIDIA is at the ready with a brand new graphics card. Sort of. Today, NVIDIA is announcing the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores. Some of you may be thinking, “Hey! GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards use the GF114 GPU which offers a maximum of 384 cores!” And you’d be right. This new GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores, however, isn’t built around the GF114 GPU. Rather, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores is outfitted with the same GF110 GPU powering the high-end GeForce GTX 570 and GTX 580, but with a couple of its SMs fused off...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU Review

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LLeCompte replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 11:08 AM

zotac is a awesome card maker. they have really good warranties. If i were in the market for a new GPU ( i have a xfx 6950) i would just spend the money on the 570 or 6970.

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jonation replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 11:40 AM

if only a different colorscheme (i know its their style/scheme).

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FreeJet replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 12:30 PM

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realneil replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 1:05 PM

I'm not comfortable with Zotac either. (past experiences)

But all is not lost, as EVGA is making one of these Hyper enabled 560's too.

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@realneil, MSI is making one too. I've been gravitating towards MSI lately. Here is a review of theirs, I like their twin frozr III cooling solution.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1790/1/

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 2:00 PM

Sweet... Now if only someone was foolish enough to put 2GBs on that; then we'd have a deal-breaker of a card.

I mean EVGA came up with a 2.5GB 570 card (which came with a 560Ti cooler), why can't NVIDIA for at once at least include 2GBs of memory on their reference cards; I mean ATI has them on their cards, and these things with 1.2GB of memory aren't really that future-proof; even if you SLI them. SLI duplicates the scene to both of the cards and then renders them, meaning that you're still going to have 1.2GBs of memory no matter how many cards you put in, and when your playing a graphics intense game, that 1.2GBs of memory can get used up pretty quickly.

 

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I've never tried Zotac before, but from many reviews I've read they seem to be a good brand. But..would it be worth getting only 1 of these cards?? SLI in the future wouldn't work out too well if you wanted to throw in another cause they would be gone!

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jonation replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 4:28 PM

i tend to stick with evga gpus. i like the blacked out style much better anyway (just need some black pcb)

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jonation replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 4:28 PM

i have been nothing but impressed with MSI, granted my experience is mostly with their motherboards.

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"The performance is just about the same as the GTX 570, so its a good card. I was expecting the price to be lower, but the 570's have gone up a bit to an average of $339, so this card has a good price point for now, and having it capable of 3way SLI was a smart idea."

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94_xj replied on Fri, Dec 2 2011 2:46 AM

I'm really liking the look of these cards. They're GF110 based GTX 470s. My 470s are already amazing cards together but with the clock speeds on these cards they must really kick butt.

I wish they'd pack some more memory on, though. At high resolutions 1280 is filled quite easily.

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So we have the 448 560s at ~300 bucks, and the 570 at ~340. And they're roughly the same performance? So should I save that 40 bucks?

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Dec 2 2011 8:55 AM

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So we have the 448 560s at ~300 bucks, and the 570 at ~340. And they're roughly the same performance? So should I save that 40 bucks?

It's mostly the same, except the 448 560 Ti is slightly slower. It edges out ATI in certain games but that 1.2GB memory is going to hinder it's performance eventually, due to a combination of Anti-Aliasing, games using Higher Resolution Textures, and Higher Resolutions, especially in Surround. (Why didn't they do 2GBs, I'll never know...)

My opinion, if you need some form of that and don't want to go the red team; my best option would be to grab yourself a EVGA GTX 570 HD 2.5GB; even though it has an inferior cooler and two 6-plug power connectors, it does have loads of memory and that memory will serve you well in the future.

 

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vorthex replied on Sat, Dec 3 2011 4:13 AM

Delicious! You know, I still wonder when the graphics cards are going to become smaller. It seems most technology is getting smaller and smaller, but video cards man, they just keep getting larger and larger...

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oasis789 replied on Sat, Dec 3 2011 11:23 AM

That makes a lot of sense thanks!

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JOliver replied on Sat, Dec 3 2011 5:57 PM
Trouble is, according to rumors, the 570 will be phased out and it will be the 560Ti 448 and then the 580 with nothing in between.
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realneil replied on Sun, Dec 4 2011 12:42 AM

570 is here to stay,....until the 670 is released next year.

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Aoshi replied on Mon, Dec 5 2011 12:50 AM

Agreed the series has done remarkably well the past few months.

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Jedius replied on Mon, Dec 5 2011 11:03 AM

How does this 560 ti-448 compare to the 6970?

 

I'd really like to get  the extra performance from the 448 over the regular 560, but I don't like the GF110 as opposed to the GF114. I'd also like 2GB of memory to be better able to SLI in the future. Also, I'm not ready to SLI at this time and don't want to be forced to buy 2 GPUs in the next 1-2 months.

 

What would be the best price/performance current card (for 1920x1200 27" monitor atm) that also Xfires/SLIs well for the future? My guess would be a 6950 2GB (especially if able to unlock the extra shader cores). I'm not sure how Cayman compares to GF110 or GF114 though. Also, how will the Kepler GPUs from NVIDIA in 2012 affect prices of the 6950/6970/560ti-448/570/580 cards? From the little info I've seen, it didn't look too impressive as far as performance increases. Is Kepler also going to be based on the GF110? I was hoping the next-gen would be based on GF114.

 

I've seen 6970s in the $290-$300 range, 6950-2GB in the $225-$250 range, and 6950-1GB in the $185-$225 range. I've also seen the regular GF114 560 ti in the $185-$225 range. I'm really confused about the best path to take for my needs/wants...hoping you guys can help me out.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Dec 6 2011 12:04 PM

@Jedius Well if you're going the 6950 route, take one of the older cards. Some newer cards have had their shaders laser cut and therefore cannot be unlocked. If not then the only other choices would be the either the 6970 or if you're willing to take the route less traveled; a GF110 card. As for your other question, I'm guessing it'll effect prices the same way as the 580's initial release (there was a time when the 580 and 480 prices remained the same); which is prices remain the same before dropping down to affordable prices once 680 starts selling like hotcakes.

As for whether Kepler will be based on GF110; well from what I've read it's supposed to be an improvement of Fermi and GF110 is a derivative of GF100 (the infamous GF480 debacle.) Don't worry, it's going to be in a smaller die (28mm) and it's going to offer faster performance then the last generation so any shortfalls of the GF110 will be eliminated. Hopefully.

And you got it right, they should of included 2GB of VRAM on the cards. I mean we're at a point where more VRAM is proven to be vital and if it contains the same amount of RAM as the GTX570 when games are using higher-resolution and surround gaming is going to the masses; I mean sure, it's a GTX560Ti 448 but come on!

 

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ZSattar replied on Wed, Dec 7 2011 7:58 PM

In my opinion the 448 edition is a waste of time, I would rather pay the extra £10-25 and get a proper GTX 570. This card would be great if it had more Vram.

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These things Frankencards will not be around for very long anyway.

The GTX-570's really are the better choice as I see it. (as long as they don't do any ~Chinese Math~ with the prices)

I have two now, and would buy more of them if I could afford to.

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OMG this looks beautiful, wish with was a contest prize =P, Love NVIDIA, Im currently with there GeForce Series and loving it, there drive's are so easy to update and there driver software is just so much better then ATi NVIDIA Forever <3 .

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Plus The Display is BOSS Got Consider upgrading to this.

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ll0220 replied on Mon, Jan 23 2012 4:18 PM

I have never tried this but I bet just by looking would be great with games:)

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Well, It is an old post so  if i were you i will bet on hd 7970 :-p

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realneil replied on Tue, Jan 24 2012 11:16 AM

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Well, It is an old post so  if i were you i will bet on hd 7970

How does the HD7070 compare with the GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU? You recommend the HD7970 to everyone, every chance you get.

They are miles apart on price, and capability too.

Some people just can't afford to spend $600.00 on a video card, but the $275.00 for one of these is much closer to a realistic price for them. They perform well enough for some good gaming too..

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then GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD6950 1 GB instead of the  7970 :)   which is

Price: $239.99

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Nvidia seems to be all about plugging holes in its product line lately. A couple of months back, we saw the arrival of the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, a GPU aimed at the previously unoccupied $149 price point. That part ended up sandwiched between the cheaper GeForce GTS 450 and the more upscale GTX 460 1GB, providing a decent compromise for shoppers too indecisive to choose between two starkly different options.

Today, in the form of the new GeForce GTX 560, Nvidia is extending another olive branch to shoppers who are fond of middle grounds. Priced at $199, this card is meant to sit north of the GTX 460 1GB and south of the quicker GTX 560 Ti. Although its name might suggest otherwise, the newcomer doesn't actually replace any existing products—at least, that's what Nvidia is telling us. The GTX 460 is staying put for now despite its age.

You could say Nvidia is really just splitting hairs at this point. According to the latest listings on Newegg, you can get a GTX 560 Ti for as little as $232.99, or $212.99 after a mail-in rebate. As we're about to see, some of the freshly introduced GTX 560 offerings are marked up slightly above Nvidia's suggested $199 e-tail price, so we're likely to see at least some overlap between standard and Ti versions. Yeah, I don't think that's going to help indecisive folks any.

Now, how exactly does the GTX 560 differ from the 560 Ti? You know, beside dropping those extra two letters and carrying a slightly-lower-but-maybe-not-always price tag. Well, I'm glad you asked!

The GeForce GTX 560 and 560 Ti are both based on Nvidia's GF114 graphics processor, but the newcomer has one of that chip's eight shader multiprocessors disabled. Since each SM has 48 stream processors, eight texture units, and one polymorph engine, that means the GTX 560 has 336 SPs, 56 texture units, and seven polymorph engines. Other key attributes, like memory size, memory interface width, and ROPs, are unchanged from the full-fat GF114 found in the GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

Graphics architecture buffs might notice that the GTX 560's configuration resembles that of the original GeForce GTX 460 1GB, which features the older GF104 GPU. The GF104 and GF114 are similar architecturally, but the latter has been further optimized for TSMC's 40-nm fab process.

That all sounds simple enough... until we take a look at clock speeds. Here's what Nvidia told us when we asked about the standard, reference clock rates for the GTX 560:

    Because the chip is a drop-in replacement for existing GF104/GF114 designs on the market, our partners are offering a wild range of GTX 560 varieties. There is no one "official" speed. The right word to use is probably "slowest".

    The slowest clock is 810MHz core/4004MHz memory, but most of those boards will be shipped to OEMs. At the etail level the vast majority of boards will ship between 850-950MHz.

(The e-tail cards Nvidia is talking about have memory speeds ranging from 4.0 to 4.4 GT/s, by the way.)

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