A new price/performance king emerges?
When Nvidia launched the GTX 460 GPU last year, nothing could touch it in terms of price/performance, so much was the power yielded at the price. Not to mention the fact that Nvidia allowed its partners to overclock the card and change the heatsink to their desire, resulting in some ridiculously powerful GTX 460 variants with hardly a price hike that were simply too good to be true. And now with the advent of the Fermi GTX 580 released late last year, we’re finally seeing the release of the new mainstream cards in the form of the GTX 560 Ti that’s set to rock the market.
As with the GTX 580 & 570, the GTX 560 Ti had specific changes done to the transistors, thus providing more performance with a lesser power draw. One other key feature that Nvidia likes to point out is that the GTX 560 Ti has been designed with hardware tessellation in mind for DX11 applications and games, resulting in 8 PolyMorh engines and 2 Raster engines. The AMD HD 6870 by comparison, which is what Nvidia are directly putting the GTX 560 Ti up against, has one tessellation and Raster engine. Furthermore the GTX 560 Ti uses the same power monitoring hardware as the GTX 580, but this is an optional module that some partners may opt out of. For now, let’s take a look at the new current/2nd-gen DX 11 cards from both Nvidia and AMD and see where the GTX 560 Ti falls in.
The GTX 560 Ti sits quite snugly between the HD 6970 and the HD 6850, although Nvidia is specifically saying the latter is their main competition. The benchmarks will be the real deciding factors, for now though, let’s take a look at the three GTX 560 Ti variants we have.