Thursday, 24 November 2011

Nvidia prepping GTX 560 Ti with 448 CUDA cores

With the holiday season coming up, Nvidia is busy prepping an ‘improved’  version of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti to win back the performance crown from AMD. The new card dubbed, GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores, will feature 448 CUDA cores over the original card which had 384. Another thing that’s changed is the memory bandwidth which is now 320-bit instead of 256-bit and will feature 1.2GB of GDDR5 memory. Nvidia should be announcing this card on the 29th of this month, just in time for the holiday shopping spree.
Looks like a decent improvement
Looks like a decent improvement (Image Source)

Interestingly, it won’t be based on the GF114 core as the only GTX 560 Ti, instead it will use the GF110 silicon, the same used in the GTX 570, GTX 580 and the GTX 590. The new 448 core card is more like a stripped down version of GTX 570. The clock speeds have been reduced to 730MHz whereas the memory runs at 3,800MHz. The TDP is also increased to 210W from the old card but is still under the GTX 570. The card will also support 3-way SLI for those who are mad enough to use three of them in tandem. 

With the pricing sitting between the GTX 560 Ti and the GTX 570, Nvidia is going straight after the AMD HD 6950 2GB, which has no doubt giving them sleepless nights. The puzzling part is why release a card that’s almost 90 percent as powerful as the GTX 570? I would have been simpler to just drop the price of the GTX 570 which would no doubt guarantee a victory over the HD 6950. I’m sure all those who just bought a GTX 560 Ti are probably kicking themselves right now.

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