NVIDIA's latest Fermi-derived graphics card is here, and it's carrying one key message; the GTX 560 Ti 448 should offer almost all the performance of a GTX 570 at a lower price point.
Our review of Gigabyte's card has shown that the product has promise - and it's great for high-quality 1080p gaming - but the GTX 560 Ti 448 will need to be priced just right in order to make any sense at all.
It's a steal at close to £200, but at £240 or beyond, you could pick up a GTX 570 with all 480 cores intact (models from KFA2 and MSI are readily available). So, how much exactly can you expect to pay for the GTX 560 Ti 448? To get an early idea, here's a snapshot of what was available at 4pm on launch day.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448
|Palit GTX 560 Ti 448||In stock||£239.47|
|Zotac GTX 560 Ti 448 Limited Edition||Pre-order||£239.47|
|Gainward GTX 560 Ti 448 Limited Edition||In stock||£249.40|
|MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III||In stock||£251.47|
|ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 DirectCU II||Pre-order||£251.47|
|EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 FTW||In stock||£251.47|
|Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 448||In stock||£263.47|
|EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Classified||Pre-order||£273.02|
|aria.co.uk||Palit GTX 560 Ti 448||In stock||£227.99|
|ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 DirectCU II||Pre-order||£239.99|
|Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 448||In stock||£244.99|
|MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III||In stock||£251.99|
|cclonline.com||ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 DirectCU II||Pre-order||£229.99|
|Palit GTX 560 Ti 448||In stock||£231.97|
|MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III||Pre-order||£244.86|
|Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 448||Pre-order||£257.03|
|ebuyer.com||Palit GTX 560 Ti 448||Pre-order||£234.99|
|Inno3D GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Edition||Pre-order||£237.99|
|Zotac GTX 560 Ti 448 Limited Edition||Pre-order||£238.99|
|dabs.com||ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 DirectCU II||Pre-order||£239.98|
|MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III||Pre-order||£239.98|
|Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 448||Pre-order||£249.99|
|novatech.co.uk||Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 448||In stock||£256.98|
|overclockers.co.uk||MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III||In stock||£239.99|
|Zotac GTX 560 Ti 448 Limited Edition||Pre-order||£239.99|
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Looking around the various retailers, there's plenty of stock and a good mix of custom-cooled cards from various manufacturers. But prices range from under £230 to over £270, and the GTX 560 Ti 448 isn't quite the bargain we'd hoped for.
Right now, the lowest in-stock price is £227.99 for a Palit GTX 560 Ti 448 from aria.co.uk. Our reviewed Gigabyte model, which we had hoped to see at around the £220 mark, is currently priced between £245 and £265 depending on where you shop.
At these prices, the GTX 560 Ti 448 is tough to recommend over a regular GTX 570; the latter offers slightly better performance and costs only £12 more than the cheapest GTX 560 Ti 448.
The launch-day prices are higher than anticipated, but the 448-core card may still live up to its promise if/when pricing begins to settle.