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ZOTAC rolls out GeForce GTX 560 SE card

by HEXUS Staff on 15 March 2012, 12:24


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ZOTAC quietly slipped in a new GeForce GTX 500-series graphics card yesterday, the GTX 560 SE.

The GeForce GTX 560 SE is a new variant of the GTX 560 and here in the SE, Special Edition, the E also stands for Economy. When looking at the spec of this card compared to the standard GTX 560 we can see where this economy has most probably come from; the ZOTAC GTX 560 SE has just 288 CUDA cores and a core clock of 745MHz compared to the 336 CUDA cores and core clock of over 800MHz for the full-fat 560. Also, this card has a 192-bit memory bus compared to the 256-bit on the proper '560. One questions whether this should be called a GTX 560 after all.

ZOTAC has no doubt got a good price for these GPUs and made this GTX 560 SE with a good price point to match. Price-to-performance is a ratio that’s very important in this business. The card is expected to be priced just over the £100 mark. So it slots just under the GTX 560 and is a competitor to the AMD's Radeon HD 7700 in both price and performance, according to benchmarks surfacing on the web, though its 150W TDP is fundamentally higher than the nascent HD 7770's.

The Hong Kong-based ZOTAC says this new card will give gamers 1080p gaming on a budget: “1080p resolution displays and Microsoft® DirectX® 11-enabled titles are affordable and become quite popular among gamers. Our new ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE provides an excellent value for gamers that want to get their feet wet with 1080p and DirectX® 11 gaming,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

Other indicators of this card's performance come from its strikingly similar specs to the previously released but OEM-only GeForce GTX 555 - a GPU which comes installed in Alienware X51 desktops.

General details of the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE graphics card

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 SE GPU
  • Engine clock: 746 MHz
  • 288 unified shaders
  • Shader clock: 1,492 MHz
  • 1GB GDDR5 memory
  • Memory clock: 3828 MHz
  • 192-bit memory interface
  • Dual DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
  • DirectX® 11 technology & Shader Model 5.0
  • OpenGL® 4.2 compatible
  • Hardware-accelerated Full HD video playback
  • Blu-ray 3D ready
  • The card draws 150 Watts at full pelt, a 450 Watt power supply is recommended
  • Loss-less audio bitstream capable
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon 3-Day Game Pass included

Detailed Specifications:

Product Name

ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE


NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 SE

Engine Clock speed

746 MHz

Unified Shaders


Shader Clock

1492 MHz

Memory Clock speed

3828 MHz



Memory interface


Display Outputs

Dual DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort




With fan (dual-slot)

DirectX® version

DirectX® 11 with Shader Model 5.0

Other hardware features

Hardware accelerated Blu-ray 3D ready

Software Features

Hardware Video Decode Acceleration Technology, NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology, OpenGL® 4.2

Windows 7 capability

Windows® 7 with DirectCompute support


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Another 560, just what the world needed!
Zotac? I'll pass thanks
hmmm, with that short a PCB this is surely primed for sticking in small cases and replacing the cooler with something more appropiate? Could cram a reasonably powerful GPU into a very small case that way…
I don't think we have enough completely different 560 cards. More please, nVidia.