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Nvidia GTX 560 Hitting Stores Today

Nvidia is grinding gears, but in the best possible way, with continued use of its DirectX 11 GPU (graphics processing unit). The company is offering the perfect median between the current GeForce GTX 550 and the GTX 560 Ti. This time, without the Ti, the company is releasing the new GeForce GTX 560 and is touted to be a replacement for the current GTX 460 1GB.

The new GTX 560, released today, will have an identical number of CUDA cores, texture units, and ROPs, but will have an overclocked system, increasing performance. I am currently running an Nvidia GTX 470 in an Antec 1200 case. I am a huge fan of Nvidia graphics cards and believe them to be superior to ATI in build quality and graphics quality.

Of course, the only real reason anyone should consider upgrading their graphics cards is either a) if you plan on doing intense gaming on your computer, or b) if you intend to render a bunch of high quality video. If you’re looking to play older 2006 or 2007 first-person-shooters, I would not spend more than $100 on a graphics card, that is, if your current machine cannot run the game on current hardware. The $300-$450 price range becomes justifiable if you do a lot of hard-core gaming on your machine, or plan to! If you’re looking for a speedier computer, I would consider upgrading the processor to quad core or upgrading your memory modules (RAM). RAM stands for Random Access Memory. Photos display are the GTX 560 Ti and the videos are from Battle Field: Bad Company 2.

Photo Courtesy of NvidiaCorp
Photo Courtesy of NvidiaCorp