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Discrete graphics processor manufactures AMD and Nvidia are past masters at prising graphic cards into market segments that you or I would think are pretty well packed already – or didn't even realise existed in the first place. But to be fair you can hardly blame them, as shifting prices in the market often have them scurrying to drop the prices of cards or bring out new spins or cores to fill the gap. Earlier this year Nvidia, and Gigabyte, brought us the GTX 560 Ti, with a stream processor count of 384, to cover AMD's products in the lucrative £200 market segment. Now we have the GTX 560 (without that Ti tag – maybe it's us, but we're finding the simple dropping of 'Ti' a touch confusing). It slots in between the Ti version and last year's GTX 460 – which is one of the best Fermi cards Nvidia has so far produced – and has the same stream processor count (336) as that venerable 460. As you might glean from Gigabyte's GV-56OC-1GI model name it comes factory overclocked out of the box and, as well as the tweaks on the clock speeds, it also has the latest Gigabyte designed cooling and top notch components in the power circuitry to make sure everything remains cool and stable.
With the introduction of the Nvidia GTX 560 Ti, containing 384 CUDA cores and a retail price between $243 and $260 (USD) for various models, Nvidia wanted to hit yet another price point to make the technology available to a wider target market. Enter the GIGABYTE GTX 560 OC with 336 CUDA cores and an attractive MSRP of $199. While a single GTX-560 Ti will handle most applications with no problem, two GIGABYTE GTX-560 OC's in SLI will run in the $400 range and will dominate any application or game. Out of the box, the GIGABYTE GTX 560 OC runs at 830MHz, or 20 MHz above the stock clocked cards, so no fussing with OC tools is required. We, of course will overclock the GIGABYTE GTX-560 OC until it begs for mercy. The 1 GB of GDDR 5 on the GTX-560 OC runs at a blazing 4008 MHz and it sports a hefty 1660 MHz Shader clock. As with all modern video cards, users will need a PCI-E slot, and the card is PCI-E 2.0 ready but is backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 with very little bandwidth loss. In other words, running it in a PCI-E 1.0 slot will still provide a lot of bang for a little buck, and it'll be a nice upgrade, even on older motherboards. GIGABYTE and Nvidia recommend using a good quality 500W Power Supply with 2x 6 pin PCI-E power connectors.
NVIDIA is back at the naming scheme game again with the new GTX 560. This card is at the very center of the new NVIDIA generation for performance. Also to note, the Ti moniker added onto the prior GTX 560 makes a big difference now. It is unclear yet if NVIDIA will do the same for the GTX 550 Ti although there is the possibility. For the sake of suppressing some confusion, the GTX 560 is superior in CUDA core count and thus performance over the GTX 550 Ti. The design is very similar to the GF 104 based GTX 460 so it should be quite interesting to see how they compare against each other as the GTX 560 is based on GF 114 silicon. NVIDIA has stated that this card is not the replacement for the GTX 460. The designs are very similar with the GTX 560 being clocked faster on both core and memory. NVIDIA is marketing this card as the perfect upgrade for users with older graphics cards. According to a Steam survey most gamers are still using older 9800 GTs. The GTX 560 under review today (product launch) is from Gigabyte. This GTX 560 is factory overclocked 20 MHz on the core equating to 830 MHz while the memory is stock at 4008 MHz on a 256-bit memory bus just like on the GTX 560 Ti.
|GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Super Overclock 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2x DVI-I / mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, GV-N56GSO-1GI||$239.95||See it|
|GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Super Overclock 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2x DVI-I / mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, GV-N56GSO-1GI||$240.2||See it|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 DVI-I x 2 / Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, GV-N560OC-1GI||$289.45||See it|