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Feb 1st, 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB and AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB Review @ PCPerspective

PC Perspective - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB and AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB Review
It seems that no matter what month it is, you can be sure of a graphics card release is right around the corner. While a bit over dramatic, we have another set of cards being launched this morning in direct competition with each other that target the lucrative ~$249 price range.

When NVIDIA released the GTX 460 graphics cards back in July of 2010 it addressed this same price segment that was left virtually untouched by AMD’s Radeon series. Since then the GTX 460 has been the “go to” graphics cards for many of our readers and editors and anytime someone asks “Which GPU should I get?” it was almost a default answer to recommend it. It offered a nearly perfect balance of performance, efficiency and price and it wasn’t until months later and several price drops by AMD that the battle really evened out with the release of the HD 6000 series.

NVIDIA is hoping to do the same thing today with the release of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti – yes the Titanium branding is making a comeback.

The new GTX 560 Ti is based on the GF114 GPU and is essentially the same core as the GF104 when looked at under that magical “diagram” microscope.

This should look very familiar to you if you have read our GTX 460 review linked above. While the GTX 460 had only 336 CUDA cores with one of the SMs (simultaneous multiprocessors), the new GTX 560 Ti uses all 8 of them for a total of 384 total CUDA cores. The process continues to be tweaked and as a result the GTX 560 Ti offers efficiency improvements as well as performance gains over the GTX 460.