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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Review: Take Off Your Ti
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Nvidia strips the Ti moniker and some performance from its GeForce GTX 560 Ti in order to create a new lesser-priced model. Can the company's GeForce GTX 560 stand up to AMD's popular Radeon HD 6870, or does it fall short of the value mark?

We’re comparing the GeForce GTX 560 against options below and above it, specifically AMD's Radeon HD 6790, 6850, and 6870, along with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 768 MB, GTX 460 1 GB, and 560 Ti.

Because Nvidia didn't supply us with a sample running at the official reference clock rates, we lowered the frequencies on a factory-overclocked card to represent baseline GeForce GTX 560 performance.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), Overclocked to 4.0 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled.
Motherboard
Asus P8P67 Pro, Intel P67 Chipset
Memory
OCZ PC3-16000, 2 x 2 GB, 1338 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsZotac GeForce GTX 560 AMP!
950/1900 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 1100 MHz Memory (4400 MT/s effective)*
*clock speed set to reference specification for reference benchmarks

Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP
925/1850 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II
880/1760 MHz Core/Shaders, 1GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)*
*clock speed set to reference specification for benchmarks

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5
725/1450 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 900 MHz Memory (3600 MT/s effective)*
*clock speed set to reference specification for benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 6870
900 MHz Core, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)

AMD Radeon HD 6850
775 MHz Core, 1 GB 1000 MHz Memory (4000 MT/s effective)

AMD Radeon HD 6790
840 MHz Core, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)
Power Supply
ePower EP-1200E10-T2 1200 W, ATX12V, EPS12V
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX 2
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics Driver
GeForce GTX 560: 275.20 BETA, All Other GeForce: 270.61 WHQL
Radeon: Catalyst 11.4
Games
Crysis 2
Very High Quality setting, No AA, 60 second gameplay, Fraps
Just Cause 2
Medium Quality Settings, Textures High, all options enabled except vsync, No AA / 16xAF, Bokeh filter and GPU water disabled (for Nvidia cards), Concrete Jungle Benchmark
Bulletstorm
Highest Settings, No AA, 60 second sequence, Fraps
F1 2010
Ultra High Settings, No AA, Steam version, in-game benchmark, DX11 Rendering
Aliens Vs. Predator Benchmark
Texture and Shadow quality set to medium, 8x AF, SSAO off, DX11 tessellation off, DX11 advanced shadows off, 0x AA
Metro 2033
DirectX 11, Medium Detail,  4x AF, tessellation enabled, advanced PhysX disabled.
H.A.W.X. 2
Highest settings, DirectX 11 tessellation enabled, built-in benchmark
3DMark 11
Performance Preset, 1680x1050
Unigine Heaven
Highest settings, no AA, 16x AF, 1680x1050
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  • 8 Hide
    rolli59 , May 17, 2011 1:24 PM
    I am just surprised they did not call it SE!
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    daygall , May 17, 2011 1:26 PM
    All these naming schemes are giving me a freakin head ache stupid derp companies, why cant both of them just stick with 1 naming scheme for a while

    if its not amd mucking with my mind and HD6870
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    daygall , May 17, 2011 1:28 PM
    srry for the dbl post... but half my comment disapeared ....

    EDIT* if its not amd mucking with my mind and HD6870 < HD5870 = HD6970

    its Nvidia and GTX460 < GTX560Ti >
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    kcorp2003 , May 17, 2011 1:53 PM
    so that disable part can be flash to re-enable it?
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    NuclearShadow , May 17, 2011 2:04 PM
    The naming is certainly for marketing purposes. People are not attracted to lower numbers even when they are more fitting when it comes to new products.
    Yes companies exploit this but on the other hand would their product sell if they didn't? At-least now as well as it would otherwise.

    Take the Xbox 360 as a example. Its predecessor was simply "Xbox"
    It's not the 3rd console of the series and certainly isn't the 360th.
    The 360 is completely meaningless in the name when it comes to the product.
    They didn't want to name it Xbox 2 for the simple reason that loss of sales may occur because of the PS3's 3. They felt that some consumers may feel that because of the higher number the PS3 is superior and should buy that instead. As silly as this may sound to everyone they very likely are correct. Hence why the Xbox 360 was named such. But can you really blame them?

    Final note: I personally find the 360's name funny as it would mean the Xbox 360 by name would be right at where the Xbox is and not of any change.
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    geekapproved , May 17, 2011 2:05 PM
    Stupid strategy. MOst people are buying 560ti's and 6950 1GB's. Not 6870's and surely not 560's.
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    bobdozer , May 17, 2011 2:30 PM
    Anybody else notice that there is always an nvidia card at the top of toms video reviews?

    Why stop at the 560 TI? You can't use price as an excuse this time around because it costs about the same as the 6950.
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    bobdozer , May 17, 2011 2:36 PM
    The conclusion is pretty bad.

    Newegg has a bunch of 6870's costing less than $200 (one is $173 with rebate + free Shogun total war).

    So it's slightly faster, has much better minimum framerates, consumes much less power and is cheaper. I don't see any compelling reason to buy this 560.
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    hangfirew8 , May 17, 2011 3:02 PM
    Where did you get those puny memory bandwidth values from? HS has the 560TI at 128.3GB/s. You have 4GB/S. Has Nvidia started selling the Fx5200 again?
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    elbert , May 17, 2011 3:21 PM
    The 560GTX SLI had no crossfire setup to compare. Was this due to the 560GTX SLI only compares to a 6850CF? The 560ti SLI v/s 6870 CF is a very good compare. In the link the 560ti SLI has 2 wins, 2 losses, and one near tie with 6870 CF.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-560-ti-gf114,2845-13.html
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2011 3:55 PM
    I don't think that Crysis 2 should be included in these benchmarks until they have dx11. That's assumming they actually do something with DX11. If they don't, you should never include them again. I mean what's the point of showing this stuff for something that a 5 year old console can play.
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    ojas , May 17, 2011 4:09 PM
    hangfirew8Where did you get those puny memory bandwidth values from? HS has the 560TI at 128.3GB/s. You have 4GB/S. Has Nvidia started selling the Fx5200 again?


    hahahaha yeah my 9600GT has more mem bandwidth than what they've listed here!! :p 

    HS is not wrong, the memory bandwidth for the 560 is 128 GB/s according to nvidia's site as well.

    lol pls correct that Don! it's a bit funny... :p 
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    dragonsqrrl , May 17, 2011 4:14 PM
    GeekApprovedStupid strategy. MOst people are buying 560ti's and 6950 1GB's. Not 6870's and surely not 560's.

    So your saying most people wouldn't possibly consider anything below ~$230? Why's that? There's a huge market for mid-range and low-end graphics cards.
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    sweatlaserxp , May 17, 2011 4:23 PM
    $200 I can understand as a base price, but in this case, they have a disabled stream processor, so they jack up the clockspeeds so that it can perform closer to the 560 Ti, and then raise the price to nearly the same as the... 560 Ti.
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    cangelini , May 17, 2011 4:41 PM
    hangfirew8Where did you get those puny memory bandwidth values from? HS has the 560TI at 128.3GB/s. You have 4GB/S. Has Nvidia started selling the Fx5200 again?


    Clearly a typo from the author; I've fixed.
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    cangelini , May 17, 2011 4:42 PM
    bobdozerAnybody else notice that there is always an nvidia card at the top of toms video reviews?Why stop at the 560 TI? You can't use price as an excuse this time around because it costs about the same as the 6950.


    Video reviews? Link please! =)
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    verbalizer , May 17, 2011 4:57 PM
    Quote:
    I am just surprised they did not call it SE!

    ^+1
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    Mousemonkey , May 17, 2011 5:18 PM
    It should have been left as a GTX460 IMHO, perhaps calling it a version 2.0 or something. All that's going to happen now is people are going to wonder why one of these GTX560's won't SLi with a Ti version.
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    cronos177 , May 17, 2011 5:30 PM
    Between the GTX 560 and HD6870 decision would mostly be based on AMD vs NVIDIA. Though, HD6870 is cheaper, consume less energy, and escalates better on CF
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    therandomuser , May 17, 2011 5:57 PM
    rolli59I am just surprised they did not call it SE!

    Maybe it can be related to the fact that I sometimes call them the Stupid Edition cards.

    Honestly, nVidia has been slipping up with their launch prices in the lower mid-range. AMD will dominate for now in the lower prices, but when will nVidia smarten up and get something to compete down there?
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