The upcoming GeForce GTX 560 graphic card has already made lots of impression as it is expected to be at least as popular as its predecessor GTX 460 considering suggested performance/price ratio. We already know the specs of for default GTX 560 Ti model as well as for some factory overclocked variants from NVIDIA’s partners. To give you some more concern in it, here is a screen-shot of a GPU-z tool made with first samples of GTX 560.
Not all fields are filled/displayed correctly, but that will be fixed by the update of GPU-z tool that is usually released the day before the official announcement.
According a photo-session of GeForce GTX 560 Ti card of reference design (do) leaked by one of Taiwanese Internet sources, the novelty has similar to GTX 460 design, thought the first is a bit longer.
The card requires two additional 6-pin power connectors (note: TPD is 180W). One SLI header means you can only combine two cards of this model. The connectors side features dual-DVI connectors and one Mini-HDMI. Note thatthe green sticker is not a part of a reference design
Moving to cooling system. The dual-slot shroud and single fan located at the center of it reminds us of a reference cooler for GTX 460, however, the differences are hidden under it. The most common one is that now copper heatsink collects heat from not only from GPU but memory chips and power elements too. The heat is then transported via three 8-mm copper heat-pipes to large aliminium radiators radially located over the PCB. The hot air is blown out trough a grilled bracket and the chink between the board and cooling system housing by a 9cm PWM fan to deliver a quiet and cool performance
The PCB of GeForce GTX 560 has pretty simple design with element arrangement similar to GTX 460. The rectangular shaped GPU (GF114) is surrounded by 8 memory chips with the same layout GTX 460 has. The GDDR5 memory chips are made by Samsung, and carry the model number K4G10325FE-HC04. They are specified to run at 1250 MHz (5000 MHz GDDR5 effective). These were first introduced by NVIDIA in GTX 480 graphic card. The power sub-system features 4+1 digital phase design, meaning four phase are for GPU and one for memory (note: GTX 460 had there phases for GPU). The PCB is green, though it can be different for GTX 560 made by other manufacturers.
The card will launch on 25th of January.