Monday, February 27th 2012

Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 SE Pictured, Benchmarked

Even as NVIDIA is inching towards the launch of its next-generation GeForce GTX 670 Ti, it is rushing out the GeForce GTX 560 SE to stem loss in competitiveness to the Radeon HD 7770. Galaxy is readying a compact, cost-effective graphics card based on the new GPU, which is pictured below. Based on the 40 nm GF114 GPU (variant: GF114-200-KB-A1), the GTX 560 SE features 288 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, 24 ROPs, and a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 1 GB [(4x 1 Gbit)+(2x 2 Gbit)] of GDDR5 memory.

Galaxy's card uses a short PCB, its VRM area has been pushed to the front of the card, consisting of a 4+1 phase design. It draws power from two 6-pin power connectors. The card is cooled by a compact aluminum-fin heatsink to which heat is conveyed by copper heat pipes, and ventilated by a big (80 mm) fan. Chinese site QK123 put the card through a few synthetic benchmarks, measured power-draw, and OC performance. The GPU-Z screenshot reveals its reference speed.

Benchmarks follow.

Benchmarks included 3DMark 11 (performance preset), 3DMark Vantage (performance preset), Unigine Heaven (both DX10 and DX11 renderer modes). The card was pitted against the GeForce GTX 560 (non-Ti), and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, two cards that are its immediate neighbours in NVIDIA's lineup. In all synthetics tests, the GeForce GTX 560 SE sits halfway of the performance difference between GTX 560 and GTX 550 Ti, which is in tune with NVIDIA's objective behind this SKU.

Moving on to power-consumption, the GTX 560 SE card from Galaxy has a slightly higher idle power draw than the GTX 560, which can be discounted for random variation. Its heavy-load power draw (load induced by Furmark), is slightly below the GTX 550 Ti, which again can be discounted for variation. The load power is 17% lower than that of the GTX 560 (non-Ti), which is significant, and can be attributed to the lack of two GDDR5 memory chips, among other factors such as fewer CUDA cores, etc.

Moving on to OC performance scaling, the reviewer increased the clock speed in fairly fine increments of core and memory clocks in alternative steps. The performance scaling was found to be fairly linear.

Overall, NVIDIA has a decent option in the sub-$200 segment, looking at this data alone.Source: QK123
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17 Comments on Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 SE Pictured, Benchmarked

#1
LAN_deRf_HA
What on earth is this for? Rushed out? Wtf? The 7700 is in between the long prior existing 6850 and 6870 both in price and performance. It's only new threat is the power consumption which this card obviously isn't trying to tackle... so how does this benefit them in any way? Maybe if they gave it a misleading name like 660 SE they could sell a few to Dell but they didn't even bother doing that. Do they just need to sell off old cores? Then do a price drop or something. Surely that's more time effective than making this junk.
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#2
ViperXTR
i wonder how it compares to the GTX 460 SE clock per clock
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#3
btarunr
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by: ViperXTR
i wonder how it compares to the GTX 460 SE clock per clock
Clock for clock it will naturally fail, in terms of performance. It has 25% narrower memory bus and 25% lower ROP count.
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#4
Dj-ElectriC
This card is okay-ish
IMO should cost 129$ to compete against HD6850
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#5
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
I am thinking "why would they even bother?"
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#6
LDNL
Special Edition? Is this better than the gtx 560 or is it just special because of a handycap?
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#8
sanadanosa
I think GTX 560 SE is about too late. Imagine nvidia launch it in 2011, GTX 550ti fully replace the GTS 450. It will be very nice to compete 5750, 5770/6770, and 6790

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#9
seronx
GK106 will be replacing this part :roll:
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#12
borden5
by: Dj-ElectriC
This card is okay-ish
IMO should cost 129$ to compete against HD6850
i think they already have gtx 460 256 bit for that :laugh:
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#13
coldtortilla
Sub $200 0_o Nvidia crazy, they need to work out their pricing scheme and their naming scheme
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#14
Completely Bonkers
Performance per watt, about the same as 560Ti. Unfortunately, the 560Ti was completely outclassed by the 7770 in terms of performance per watt. So while 560SE has a similar rendering performance to a 7770, it consumes not far off double the power to do so. Hot, and with a two year lifetime, expensive when it comes to power bills. FAIL for enthusiast. WIN for misinformed consumers "in the shop".
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#15
xorbe
192-bit mem bus and 1GB? Unbalanced memory channels. When will they stop shipping useless d-sub?
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#16
jihadjoe
by: LDNL
Special Edition? Is this better than the gtx 560 or is it just special because of a handycap?
In Nvidiaspeak, SE has traditionally stood for 'Shitty Edition' :D
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#17
hella
Hey!, I Have A GTX460 SE OCed @ 850/1750/1900 And It Nips At The Heals Of A GTX460 Non-SE 256-Bit And Its Within 10% Of A GTX560 Non-Ti... It Handles BF3 @ 1920x1200 On My Dell 2407FPW With 2x AA On High Detail With No Problems And I Only Payed $119.00 For It The SE Models Offer Excellent Performance For The Money. Then Again My SE Edition Has A Full 256-Bit GDDR5 Memory Bus.
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