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Nvidia is steadily filling in the gaps in its product line. Late last year, Nvidia had the GTX 460 768MB and GTX 460 1GB cards. The 1GB GTX 460 was effectively replaced at the $250-$270 price point by the GTX 560 Ti. Now the company is delivering the GTX 560, which will be priced around $199 - $220.
Unlike the GTX 460 768MB cards, which only offered a 192-bit memory bus, the GTX 560 supports a 256-bit wide bus.
The Palit card is slightly unusual in supporting a 2GB frame buffer, but its specs are otherwise pretty stock. It’s not factory overclocked, but given the tweaking and streamlining that are part of the improvements of the GF114 (560) over the GF104 (460), we do expect some performance benefits. The GTX 560 does have eight fewer shader units than the GTX 560 Ti.
We tested the Palit card against the Radeon HD 6870, which fits into a similar price point, as well as a pair of factory overclocked Nvidia cards—the more expensive MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II card and the Asus GTX 460 TOP 1GB model. The 560 Ti scores are there for reference only – we only directly compared the Palit card to the Radeon HD 6870 and GTX 460 1GB cards, which are at the same general price point.
Palit spent some engineering effort into incorporating a slightly larger than normal 9cm, 15-blade fan design. The entire affair runs 3dB quieter and 6 degrees C cooler than the reference design. The card includes two dual-link DVI ports, an HDMI connector and an old-school VGA plug. It lacks a DisplayPort connector, though, and only two monitors can be active at once. The card requires two PCI Express 6-pin power plugs. It’s a double-wide, full height card, but is just 7.5 inches long, so should fit in most PC cases.
The Palit GTX 560 card is a clear improvement over the 1GB GTX 460. It’s likely the 2GB frame buffer only had a minor impact; most of the improvements are due to the GTX 560’s higher clock speeds and streamlining of the internal circuitry since the FTX 460. Palit’s suggesting a $199 retail price for the card. Most GTX 560 cards will likely ship with 1GB of GDDR5, but will be factory overclocked. With the Palit 2GB card, you’re trading off core clock speeds for additional frame buffer. Even without overclocking, though, Palit’s GTX 560 2GB card acquits itself quite well indeed.
Compact; low power; good performance for the price.
2GB frame buffer doesn't buy a lot of additional performance
|Palit 560 GTX 2GB ||MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II|
Asus ENGTX 460 TOP 1GB
|Radeon HD 6870|
|Memory Width ||256-bit ||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit|
|Texture Units ||56 ||64||56||56 |
|ROPs ||32 ||32||32||16|
|Memory ||2,048MB ||1,024MB||1,024MB||1,024MB |
|Core Clock frequency ||810MHz ||880MHz||675MHz||800MHz|
|GDDR5 Memory Clock ||1,002MHz ||1,050MHz||900MHz||1,000 |
|Transistor Count ||1.95 Billion ||1.95 Billion||1.95 Billion||2.15 Billion|
*AMD and Nvidia shader cores are not directly comparable.
|Palit GTX 560 2GB ||Asus ENGTX 460 TOP 1GB||Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU||MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II|
|3DMark 2011 ||3,878||3,963||4,314||4,519|
|3DMark Vantage Perf ||16,811||16,226||17,041||19,482|
|Unigine Heaven 2.1 (fps)||22||18||18||26|
|Crysis (fps)|| |
|BattleForge DX11 (fps)||45||40||42||54|
|Far Cry 2 / Long (fps)||87||83||78||102|
|HAWX 2 DX11 (fps)||109||101||77||127|
|STALKER: CoP DX11 (fps)||36||35||34||44|
|Just Cause 2 (fps)||41||35||35||42|
|Aliens vs. Predator (fps)||27||21||26||32|
|F1 2010 (fps) ||45||43||54||52|
|Metro 2033 (fps)||16||15||20||17|
|Power @ idle (W)||120||133||140||130|
|Power @ full throttle (W)||310||298||252||305|
Best scores between the Palit and Asus cards are bolded; MSI card is included for reference, but is not directly compared. Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7-975 Extreme Edition in an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard with 6GB of DDR3/1333 and an 850TX Corsair PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows Ultimate. All games are run at 1920x1200 with 4x AA.