Is this your next graphics card? Hopefully not - the MS Paint artwork is hardly fetching.
Nvidia is rumoured to have set a launch date for its hugely anticipated GeForce GTX 560 GPU, and that date is 25 January 2011. We’ve yet to receive cards for testing, but we hope to receive some soon, given that the launch date is apparently so near.
With the current GeForce 500-series cards proving around 30 per cent faster than the equivalent GeForce 400-series cards, the GeForce GTX 560 promises much, as we’ve previously speculated
. What's more, GeForce 500-series cards have tended to launch at comparable prices to the equivalent GeForce 400 parts.
We’ve previously seen Nvidia GTX 560 details leaked
, which give us some idea about the card's performance and price. However, the interesting news is that the new card might use the supposedly retired ‘Ti’ suffix.
explains, the Ti suffix was first used almost ten years ago to distinguish between GeForce 3 and GeForce 4 cards with programmable shaders and those without (which used the ‘MX’ suffix in the case of the GeForce 4).
Whether the Ti suffix will make it to the official model name of the GPU remains to be seen, but TechPowerUp hypothesises that this could be a branding move to make the card appear superior to competing ATI cards such as the Radeon HD 6870 1GB
and Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Regardless of its final name, the GPU's leaked specs point towards the GeForce GTX 560 being based on a revised GF104 die, but with the unused SM (stream-processor cluster) of this design enabled, accounting for a rise in stream processors from 336 to 384. The reported memory interface is 256 bits wide, and there are also said to be 32 ROPs and 1GB of GDDR5 memory. However, there’s no news about whether there will be a 768MB version of the GTX 560, as there was with the GeForce 460 lineup.
Artist's Our impression of a GeForce GTX 560 card...
The GTX 560 GPU is also reported to have faster clock speeds than the GTX 460, with a GPU core of 820MHz rather than 675MHz, and at 1GHz (4GHz effective) memory, rather than 900MHz (3.6GHz effective). This could result in a potential rise in GPU processing power of 39 per cent, and a memory speed-boost of 11 per cent.
Better still, as the die is based on a revision of the GeForce 460's GF104, there’s no major reason why the new GeForce GTX 560 wouldn't launch in the same £180-200 price range as the GeForce 460's original price bracket. In actual fact, a price war meant that GeForce 460 cards initially went on sale for much less than this RRP, but we suspect that this will be a one-off event. We also hear that there will be many manufacturer-specific models of the card at launch, with custom coolers and overclocks aplenty.
Are you salivating at the thought of a GeForce GTX 560 that's potentially up to 39 per cent faster than a GeForce GTX 460, or have you already got a Radeon HD 6950 2GB and don’t need to upgrade? Let us know your thoughts in the forums
Via The Tech Report