While we've seen a lot of good things from Nvidia's latest GeForce GTX 570 and 580, both cards are overpriced for the mainstream bracket as many gamers prefer to spend less than $ 300 on a GPU upgrade. For these people, AMD currently offers the Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 graphics cards (USD 240 and USD 180, respectively), while Nvidia's solution from the 6-month-old GeForce GTX 460 is 768 MB (USD 160) and 1 GB (USD 200). consists.
It was only a matter of time before Nvidia added a mainstream performance graphics card to its GTX 500 series, and today we have this product. This new graphics card, known as the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, will retail for $ 250, in direct competition with the Radeon HD 6870.
Earlier this month, some users discovered the GeForce GTX 560 Ti when they searched the leaked 266.44 GeForce driver. The discovery of the upcoming graphics card in and of itself wasn't that interesting as we all knew it was coming. What caught our attention was the departure from traditional naming conventions by reviving a suffix that has been inactive since the GeForce 4 Ti 4800 and Ti 4600. These products date from 2002.
The GeForce 4 Ti 4200 is perhaps the best-known product in this family. The card has been classified as a legendary offering due to its attractive prices and excellent overclocking capabilities.
Perhaps Nvidia is trying to send a subliminal message to put their new GeForce GTX 560 Ti in a similar light to the now-old GeForce 4 Ti 4200. Either way, you won't hear us complain if you choose to deliver Great Value on a mainstream performance card.
Our friends at Gigabyte were kind enough to send us their rework of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which we tested against 15 other offers in all price ranges, to give you a complete picture of today's GPU landscape.