•  paul
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Zotac has rolled out the green carpet for NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 SE graphics card, and as far as we're aware of, is the first company to officially do so. The GeForce GTX 560 SE is the newest member of NVIDIA's GeForce 560 Series, which now includes six GPUs. It's built around the same GF114 core as other GeForce 500 cards, but there are some key differences to be aware of.

NVIDIA disabled two SMs in the GeForce GTX 560 SE and gave it just 288 stream processors and 48 texture units. By comparison, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti sports 384 stream processors and 64 texture units.

"The new Zotac GeForce GTX 560 SE gives gamers a taste of stunning 1080p gaming on a budget," Zotac stated in a press release.

Zotac's card wields 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 3,828MHz on a 192-bit bus. The GPU struts along at 746MHz, and the shader clock is set at 1,492MHz. Connectivity options include dual DVI ports, HDMI, and DisplayPort outputs.

There's no mention of price or a release date, though reports around the Web suggest the GTX 560 SE will sell for around $150 and go up against AMD's Radeon HD 7770.

So, compared to a 550 Ti, it's got reduced shader and memory clocks, but a significant amount more stream processors and a higher core clock. I guess that makes them mostly comparable.

I'm assuming that somewhat reduced memory clocks won't make too large of a difference in today's GPU's, so if this hits the market at $150, would anyone recommend this as the go-to budget option?


Nothing is recommended until the next NVIDIA release in 20 or so days.

Then we see the whole market shaken, but not stirred.

Prices will adjust accordingly for both NVIDIA ~and~ AMD cards afterwards.

That's the time to analyze the video card market.

I'm not saying that there will be major changes in the market, but there is a chance that it will happen that way.