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Sep 1 2011   3:30AM GMT

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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So here we have a nice little video card… now I don’t game that much, but have since hooked up my TV via HDMI with a wireless keyboard and mouse, out to my living room. So I wanted to buy a card that had HDMI out, but was also an upgrade to my aging(like me) Geforce 8800GT. What did I grab? An ATI 6950 of course, wow that was a mistake! It just didn’t play nice at all with my setup. I would have to fight just to get the display out to my TV to work, and when it did it looked horrible… how? why? Who knows, I promptly returned it to Memory Express here in Winnipeg and they graciously took it back. I then went and grabbed the card that I am talking about today. and I must say I am VERY pleased. I always love when I can buy a 220~ video card and its a HUGE upgrade, everything looks better, plays better, its quieter, and makes me feel better about my purchase. Here is a little insert from AnandTech.

GTX 560 Ti, in a nutshell, is a complete video card using the GF104 design; it is to GTX 460 what GTX 580 was to GTX 480. With the GTX 460 we saw NVIDIA disable some functional units and limit the clockspeeds, but for GTX 560 Ti they’re going all out. Every functional unit is enabled, and clockspeeds are much higher, with a core clock of 822MHz being what we believe is much closer to the original design specifications of GF104. Even though GF114 is identical to GF104 in architecture and the number of functional units, as we’re going to see the resulting video cards are quite different – GTX 560 Ti is quite a bit faster than GTX 460 most of the time.

So basically, when it comes to a video card that performs well, at the mid-level price range, you have to go with the GTX 560Ti. I specifically bought the MSI Twin Frozer II version, its overclocked from the factory 880 Graphics Core / 4200 Mem Clock and is warrantied for 5years. It also overclocks very nicely. Obviously I bought the 2 year extended from Memory Express, who doesn’t love over the counter swaps? Check out the specs.

GPU Engine Specs:
CUDA Cores 384
Graphics Clock (MHz) 822
Processor Clock (MHz) 1645
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 52.5
Memory Specs:
Memory Clock (Gbps) 4008
Standard Memory Config 1024 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 128
Feature Support:
NVIDIA SLI®-ready1 2-way
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready  
NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready2  
NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology3 HD
NVIDIA PhysX™-ready  
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology  
Microsoft DirectX 11
OpenGL 4.1
Bus Support PCI-E 2.0 x 16
Certified for Windows 7  
Display Support:
Maximum Digital Resolution 2560×1600
Maximum VGA Resolution 2048×1536
Standard Display Connectors Mini HDMI
Two Dual Link DVI
Multi Monitor  
HDMI4 1.4a
Audio Input for HDMI Internal

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