With 384 stream processors, could the GeForce GTX 560 effectively counter AMD's Radeon HD 6950?
Details of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 GPU, the company's answer to AMD's Radeon HD 6950
, have been apparently leaked ahead of the official launch.
Fabricated using TSMC's 40nm process, the GeForce GTX 560 is reportedly designed as a cheaper alternative to the company's GeForce GTX 570 and GeForce GTX 580 GPUs, without drastically sacrificing performance.
According to a GPU-Z screenshot spotted by TechPowerUp
, the GPU will include 384 stream processors, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory interface, along with 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
The core GPU clock is said to be set at 820MHz, with the stream processors running at 1,640MHz and the GDDR5 memory set at 1GHz (4GHz effective). This should result in around 128GB/s of overall memory bandwidth. According to the grapevine, the chip is based on the same GF104 chip used in its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 460, but using the full allocation of 384 stream processors, rather than the 336 found in the GTX 460.
The clock speeds also represent a significant boost over its predecessor, and could help the GPU hit the performance levels it needs to seriously compete with the Radeon HD 6950.
There's no news on pricing yet, but cards based around the new GPU are expected to launch in January from a variety of hardware partners.
Could the GeForce GTX 560 offer serious competition to AMD's Radeon HD 6950, or has the green camp misjudged this round of the battle? Share your thoughts over in the forums