Feature Articles

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 - Plugging the Mainstream Gap

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 - Plugging the Mainstream Gap



3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage Results

3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage Results

We started our benchmarking with the new 3DMark 11 utility. Immediately, the competitive performance of the ASUS and Palit GTX 560 stood out, as they managed to beat the reference GTX 560 Ti.  With the relatively high clock speeds of the ASUS and Palit GTX 560, it's perhaps not that surprising that they can compete with the Ti. 

The ASUS ENGTX560 DCII TOP, which had the fastest clock speeds on paper, also gave the Radeon HD 6870 quite the fight. That's good news for NVIDIA, as the Radeon HD 6870 is now going for around US$200, which means that it falls in the same price bracket as the new GTX 560. Of course, one will expect the ASUS to have a slight premium over the standard GTX 560, due to its custom cooler and higher clock speeds.

Like in 3DMark 11, we found the Vantage scores of the GTX 560 cards to be very competitive with the GTX 560 Ti. The ECS GeForce GTX 560 was the exception of the rule, but given that it has one of the slowest possible core clock speeds for a GTX 560, it does bode well for the new SKU, especially from the way the GTX 560 performed against the Radeon HD 6870. If one compares the slowest ECS against the previous generation, it also looks positive for NVIDIA, with the newcomer edging ahead of the GTX 470. One can hardly argue that there has been no progress.