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Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Posted January 25, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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The simple fact right up front here is that the GeForce GTX 560 Ti continues the winning ways of the GTX 580 and 570, now bringing excellent performance to the mid-range graphics card market. While the GTX 460 has proven very popular, it appears to be heading towards irrelevance in the near future, as the 560 Ti looks to be a successor of sorts, even though the price is higher here on this new card.

In terms of performance, we saw the Nvidia GTX 560 Ti soundly beat the Radeon 6870 in just about every facet, and at a nearly identical price this GeForce card is the clear winner for gamers looking to purchase a new card around the $250 mark. Perhaps even more impressive is the GTX 560 Ti give the Radeon 6950 a scare in several game titles, not far off the pace for considerably less money. We’re still perplexed by the naming nomenclature, as we suspect this has to do more with peformance perception than reality.

As for overclocking, the GTX 560 Ti really flies, to the tune of about 24% on the core. So you can bet that we’ll see cards from partners clocked all the way up to 1GHz. Outstanding.

So are there any downsides here? Well there are a couple, sort of, and they have to do with the competition. First, AMD has announced a 1GB version of the Radeon 6950 to compete at a lower price, putting it squarely against the GTX 560 Ti. However, it remains to be seen what sort of performance compromises may result. Also, overclocked GTX 560 Ti cards with custom heatsinks from companies such as ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte are scheduled to launch at $270. That’s treading awfully close into Radeon 6950 2GB territory at $300 for a card that can be flashed to a 6970. We had hoped to see the GTX 560 Ti launch at about $20 lower to be a juggernaut. Wishful thinking on our part, apparently.

That being said, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is an excellent card. Most impressive is its overclocking ability which pushes the performance very close to the Radeon 6950 for less money. To see overclocked cards that feature custom coolers in action, take a look at our ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP and MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC reviews.

When all is said and done, we really like this card, as Nvidia continues to push impressive performance and good value forward.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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