The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is an interesting product in many ways. The baseline (or reference) performance simply put is good. It positions itself at a lower high-end performance level or... you can consider it to be a very decent mid-range product. With that level of game rendering performance you can address any modern game up-to say a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 combined with 4x Antialiasing and 16x Anisotropic filtering.
Power consumption isn't really a deal breaker either, we calculated that the reference product consumes roughly 168 Watt when it's stressed badly in a game, mind you these are peak levels, the average power consumption will tell another story.
Noise wise you will not complain either as well, there just isn't any. So with that in mind we add features like 3D capability, CUDA and PhysX. Then overall you'll notice that the GTX 560 Ti series really offers a lot.
There's is one caveat though, price versus competition. We expect that the GTX 560 Ti models will launch at give or take 239 USD/EUR and while that might be a very acceptable price the problem for NVIDIA lies herein, AMD is doing the weirdest things with their products pricing wise. See, this GTX 560 is targeted against AMD's Radeon HD 6870 which just dropped in price and can be purchased for 220 EUR. But what bothers the NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti is the R6900 series. AMD is selling these at prices that hardly make any profit whatsoever. You can find 2GB 6950 cards for 250 EUR in the stores (!). An even cheaper 1 GB 6950 will be released soon as well. We already have one of these cards in-house pending a review, it will cost .. 229 EUR. So in that respect, the GTX 560 Ti in fact is battling more with a R6950 than the R6870 where its supposed to be aimed against.
It is a really interesting dynamic, and I doubt you never ever in the past have been able to get so much game performance at such prices, let alone the choice in products. On the topic of ATI, they are still applying the hard to detect image quality optimization, that gives them 10% more performance. And in the latest drivers they now also are playing (limiting) arround with Tesselation performance. Overall we feel the objectivity of such optimizations being enabled by default to be trivial (in our opinion).
But yeah, there you have it. We like the GTX 560 Ti series for its performance its immense tweakability, but a little less for its price. Right now the 239 EUR price tag (incl VAT) might just be a tiny bit high especially with the GTX 460 1GB at 150 EUR in mind the reference GTX 560 is merely 25%~30% faster. Once the price drops to 209~229 EUR, that's where everything will balance out and we expect that might happen sooner rather than later. This all has very little to do with the product features and performance itself, but the more so with competition in-between AMD and NVIDIA in the graphics arena and that's good as in the end that will safe you, the end-user, some money.
Regardless, we can recommend the GeForce GTX 560 Ti series very much, and when you purchase an OC model or decide to overclock yourself, you'll bring it close to GTX 570 performance. It's not a bad time to upgrade your graphics solution at all, no Sir.
Be sure to check out our SLI article as well, right here.
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