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nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti review

£197.6 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Nvidia

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

UPDATED 26/7/11: nVidia’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti makes a strong push for the midrange graphics card crown.

Mid-range graphics cards are the most popular, since they perform well without costing the earth. Both AMD and nVidia sell more than one mid-range card, either costing closer to £100 or £200, and the GTX 560 TI is at the pricier end of nVidia mid-range offerings, with vendors selling variants of the card for around £170. While that’s still no minor outlay, it’s a lot less than the companies’ flagship graphics cards.

There are some major differences between this card and nVidia cheaper GTX 550 TI. While the GTX 550 TI, based on the GF 116 core, cuts a few corners to keep the price down, nVidia has ensured its GF 114-based GeForce GTX 560 TI has enough hardware to ensure consistent performance.This card has almost double the number of transistors, with 1950 to the GTX 550’s 1170. It has double the number of stream processors (384) and its 128GB/sec of memory bandwidth is also a 30 per cent increase.  Crucially, its texture fill rate is almost doubled which gives it a major performance boost.

This extra hardware means it’s able to run all of today’s games without a problem. Battlefield 2 at 1280 x 1024 ran at 100fps, and broke 72fps at 1920 x 1080. Stalker averaged 93.3fps and 60.6 at both resolutions, and Crysis was also playable, although it only just edged over 30fps at 1920 x 1080. We’re certain that this card is more than enough to cope with forthcoming games for a while.

It’s priced to compete with AMD’s Radeon HD 6950, but AMD’s card came slightly ahead of it in all our tests. Both cards require two 6-pin power connectors, although the GTX 560 TI is physically shorter. 

We expect that the factory-overclocked variants of the GTX 560 TI will narrow the gap between it the Radeon HD 6950 even further, so if you shop around you may find this card to be better value for money.

Go to page two to read our review from the 23rd January 2011.

nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Expert Verdict »

PCI Express 2.0 x16 (Compatible with 1.1)
Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Core clock: 850MHz
Stream Processors: 384
Shader Clock: 1700MHz
Memory Clock: 4010MHz
Memory Size: 1GB
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Memory Type: GDDR5
DirectX 11
OpenGL 4.2
VGA (With included DVI-to-VGA adaptor)
Max Resolution: 2560x1600
RoHS Compliant
SLI Supported
Cooler With fan (dual-slot)
Dual-Link DVI Supported
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

nVidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti is ultimately a victim of circumstance. The performance at its £220 price point is excellent, and the reduced power consumption shows that nVidia is taking energy efficiency seriously. But it was dropped into a crowded market. AMD decided it would rather drop its prices than give up the midrange GPU crown. Adding insult to injury, they also brought down the price tag on the Radeon HD 6950, bringing AMD's performance-oriented Radeon HD 6900 series within spitting distance of nVidia's GTX 560 Ti. With so many winning models on the table its a step the competition can afford to take, whereas those eyeing nVidia's wares are suddenly presented with a few more tantalizing offers from AMD's camp. There's only one clear winner in this bout: the consumer.

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