ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP
GTX Lineup and Specifications
The GTX 560 Ti continues to bring the GeForce 500 series forward, and this time down into the mainstream performance market. With an MSRP of $249 for the reference design, its sits above the wildly popular GTX 460 both in terms of price and performance, so Nvidia won’t poach its own lineup with the launch of this GTX 560 Ti.
There are several changes from the GTX 580 and 570 flagship cards here on this new card. This first and most obvious difference is the naming convention. Nvidia has eschewed the previous naming somewhat and has added a "Ti" suffix to the card’s name. Considering this is a reference card, the additional nomenclature is a bit surprising. Nvidia hasn’t used the "Ti"moniker in a decade, so the suspicion here is it’s a marketing move to appear better positioned against the Radeon 6870 and 6950 competition. We’ve always believe that product should stand on its own merits, and as we’ll soon see, the GTX 560 Ti is quite impressive.
Interestingly, the GTX 560 Ti is based on a new refresh GF114 chip, similar to the previous GTX 460 for the most part but instead uses the full 384 stream processors available rather than the neutered 336 on the predecessor. The GTX 460 was (and still is) an impressive card, so we’d expect much of the positives to carry over to the 560 Ti, while giving a tantalizing performance boost.
Below is a chart that shows the specifications in the current GeForce GTX lineup as things stand from Nvidia:
Another notable characteristic on the GTX 560 Ti is the memory drops down to a 256-bit interface, along with 1GB of GDDR5 rather than the 1.536MB of the GTX 570. Lastly, the clock speeds have been slightly increased to 822MHz core and 1002MHz memory.
Below is a GPU-Z image of the ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP that shows the particulars. Note the 900MHz core and 1050MHz memory speeds that have been overclocked from the stock 823/1002.
Let’s take a closer look at the ASUS package.