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Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Review: GF114 Rises, GF100 Rides Off

I tend to avoid overclocking comparisons in launch stories because they’re disingenuous. It’s humorous to think that the card we receive ahead of an embargo with the note to “check out the amazing overclocking” hasn’t already been binned for above-average headroom.

This time around is different, though. Gigabyte sent me its GV-N560SO-1GI, which it is proud to admit is binned for headroom—a process that helps the company guarantee its 1 GHz operating frequency (up from 822 MHz) and 1145 MHz memory clock (up from 1 GHz). Representatives from Gigabyte say this board will sell for $269, a $20 increase from the $249 reference suggested price.

As you can see, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti running at 1 GHz is substantially faster than the board Nvidia sent over. It’s not quite as fast as a GeForce GTX 570, like Gigabyte claims, but the fact that it’s close, for $80 less, is pretty darned crazy.

Now, like I mentioned, Gigabyte uses its own binning process to sort the GF114 GPUs capable of hitting 1 GHz. Not all of them make that grade. However, it’s a fair bet that a majority of GeForce GTX 560s will reliably hit speeds somewhere in the middle. Nvidia confirms that core clocks around 900 MHz are fairly typical from what it has seen so far.

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    rebus_forever , 25 January 2011 23:59
    so, wont be swapping my 5870 out anytime soon then.
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    Griffolion , 27 January 2011 17:00
    rebus_foreverso, wont be swapping my 5870 out anytime soon then.

    Hehe, it's still a potent card so i don't think there's much need!
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    giefster , 28 January 2011 21:51
    I am still running a GTX 260. Would it be better to get another GTX 260 (I have a SLI mobo) or buy one GTX 560 Ti?
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 30 January 2011 03:13
    Did I miss the temperature graphs? How hot do they get?

    giefsterI am still running a GTX 260. Would it be better to get another GTX 260 (I have a SLI mobo) or buy one GTX 560 Ti?

    Adding a second card draws much more power so it could end up more expensive if you need to get a decent power supply, it depends what you already have in your system. The 560 will probably cost about £100 more than a second 260, though do shop around. In terms of performance, extra cards don't always scale very well and they can have compatibility issues with some (usually older) games so considering this, DirectX 11 support and the power draw I would personally spend the extra on the single 560 Ti, but it is your cash - if you definitely have a good enough power supply already then dual 260s is a pretty respectable configuration and should see you steady for a good amount of time with minimal expenditure.
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    giefster , 31 January 2011 15:00
    Thanks for your input Rab1d-BDGR. I will get a 560Ti. Cheers.