NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Review

posted 1/25/2011 by John Yan
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NVIDIA recently released the GeForce 5XX line of cards that give them the title of the fastest single GPU around. Well, not everyone can afford to put out a lot that much money for a video card, so NVIDIA’s addressing the needs of those gamers with today’s release of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

Built to replace the GeForce GTX 470 card and aimed at the AMD Radeon HD 6870, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a Fermi based card containing 384 CUDA cores, 64 texture units, and 32 ROP units in 2 graphics processing clusters. The GPU is clocked at 822MHz with the CUDA cores clocked at 1644MHz and 4008MHz for the memory. You’re looking at 1GB of GDD5 memory with a 256-bit memory interface.

Measuring at 9.5”, it should fit most cases unlike the behemoths such as the GeForce GTX 580. On the outside, there are 2 Dual-Link DVI connectors and one mini-HDMI connector. The dual slot card needs two six-pin power connectors and has a TDP of 170 Watts. Compared to the 6870 though, it is 20 Watts more so it has the potential to draw a little bit more power on load. There’s only one SLI connector so you’ll only be able to pair this card up with another GeForce GTX 560 Ti card.

Because this is a Fermi card, you can pretty much expect all the same features as mentioned in my previous reviews of Fermi cards. Features such as CUDA parallel computing, 3D Vision support, PhysX support, and NVIDIA surround, which lets you use three displays, are all available in the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. I won’t go into this too much with the GTX 560 Ti, but there are some really good features that games use when you play with a NVIDIA card.

For testing, I’m going with my previous system as my i7-2600K setup wasn’t ready in time to really put this card and others through its paces in time for this article to be done. So, with that in mind, my test system consisted of:

Intel i7-860
4GB of ram
MSI P55A-GD65
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
Catalyst 10.10 drivers for Radeon cards
NVIDIA 266.58 drivers for GeForce GTX 560 Ti card
NVIDIA 260.99 drivers for GeForce GTX 480 card

I’ll be comparing the GeForce GTX 560 Ti to the AMD Radeon HD 6870, AMD Radeon HD 6850, and the GeForce GTX 480 card. Remember, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is made to compete with the Raden HD 6870, but I’ve included the other cards just for comparison sakes.

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