The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti replaces the old GeForce GTX 470 and it is a very impressive offering from NVIDIA to start the year. Packing 384 CUDA cores, rumors were that the GeForce GTX 560 Ti would replace the older GeForce GTX 460. However, NVIDIA has set its sights higher as the GeForce GTX 560 Ti was eventually revealed to be the replacement for the older GeForce GTX 470. And despite having less CUDA cores, our earlier review revealed that it’s more than a competent replacement, offering improved performance, while running cooler too. Our only gripe was that its power efficiency was a bit poor compared to NVIDIA’s recent offerings.
We also predicted in our conclusion that AMD would be forced to make changes to their pricing strategy to counter NVIDIA’s new threat, and we were right on the money. Barely a day after the launch of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, AMD announced that prices of both 2GB and 1GB variants of the Radeon HD 6950 and also the Radeon HD 6870 would be reduced. This makes things interesting. What this means is that AMD is now positioning the 1GB variant of Radeon HD 6950 to do battle with the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Sadly, we don't have a 1GB Radeon HD 6950 on hand yet, but we're definitely looking to investigate this soon. Anyhow, the new prices of the Radeon cards are as follows:
To follow up, we’ll now be analyzing its performance in a 2-way SLI configuration. NVIDIA has made great improvements in the way their SLI multi-GPU configurations scale and we fully expect our two GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards to post some impressive numbers.
To evaluate the GeForce GTX 560 Ti’s performance in a 2-way SLI configuration, we will be testing our cards at the reference clock speeds. Our Intel X58 testbed has the following specifications:
The full list of cards and driver versions used: