Following the limp launches of the initial GTX480, 470 and 465, nVidia managed to nail the GTX460. It single-handedly stemmed the Rise of the Radeons which had, until then, threatened to wipe nVidia from the graphics map altogether. GTX460 wasn’t only a good product in its own right, it also proved that there was a solid set of technical concepts underpinning the Fermi project.
OK, enough plaudits for the best card nVidia has launched in the past 4 years.
Time to pull out your slaughter knife and end its existence.
So what will the replacement look like?
GTX560 will come out of the traps at a ferocious 820MHz.
We’re going to plant one of our world famous ‘Flags of our Predictions’ and say that there’s no chance that the GTX560 will be as overclockable as the GTX460. Why? Well, the GTX460 was very conservative. Now that nVidia is feeling secure in TSMC’s ability to deliver, the baseline clock will be that much higher.
GTX460 launched at a very conservative 675MHz. In almost no time at all MSI (Hawk) and EVGA (FTW) were selling versions of the GTX460 that clocked up near 1Ghz. Having some headroom built in for overclocking is one thing, but allowing almost 50% is just plain crazy. Better to create a new SKU and make a lot of customers pay extra for the boost.
So, for now, that’s it.
KitGuru says: GTX 560 looks like a monster and any nVidia fan who rushes off to buy a GTX 460 ahead of the new product launching on the 25th, needs their head testing.