Gigabyte GTX 560 SuperOverclock
When the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti launched, we found it to be a very impressive card, bringing solid gaming performance and overclocking headroom to the market at a reasonable $250 price range. It occupied a critical point, both in performance and price, between the AMD Radeon’s 6800 and 6900 lineup, offering strong gaming results without breaking the bank.
What’s not surprising is that Nvidia would want to continue that success at a lower price point since the next card on the ladder is the GTX 550, which pales in comparison to the 560, sitting considerably behind in performance. What is perhaps a bit surprising is the fact that Nvidia hasn’t come out with an entirely new model, something like a GTX 555; rather, we’re now seeing the GTX 560 instead.
The GeForce GTX 560 is a cutdown version of its more expensive sibling, the GTX 560 Ti. What’s really interesting, however, is that the 560 costs considerably less. Priced at $199 for the reference MSRP, this new card sits on the cusp of the lucrative and popular $200 segment.
Beyond the reference design card, however, some manufacturers are taking what appears to already be an impressive product and pushing things further, and Gigabyte is doing this with a custom heatsink and factory overclock for their GTX 560 Super Overclock.
Priced around $215, this card looks to provide excellent value to gamers, so let’s jump in and take a closer look at the Gigabyte GTX 560 SOC.