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With the recent launches of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti and the HD 6950 1GB cards the so-called “Sweet Spot” of the high-end video card market has changed again. The video card market has always been defined by the highest end cards such as the GeForce GTX 580 and HD 6970 and a mainstream of around $200 and below. But there is a middle ground for those wanting high performance and pricing in the middle of these two levels, that both AMD and NVIDIA call the “Sweet Spot” above $200 and below $300.
NVIDIA and AMD fight this space very hard as noticed by the simultaneous launch of competing video cards at this price point. AMD had planned on launching their HD 6950 1GB card sometime in February but launched it early to compete against NVIDIA’s card in this price point. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti lies in between the HD 6950 1GB and the HD 6870 in performance and pricing. Several NVIDIA partners have also released overclocked versions of the GTX 560
GIGABYTE was one of the first manufacturers to announce that they had taken the extraordinary step of releasing a “Super Overclocked” version of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti card. By SOC they mean 1GHz for the core clock, the first NVIDIA based video card to be released at that clock speed. Today’s review is of the highly anticipated GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti SuperOverclock series card from GIGABYTE. It is the second video card on the market with a 1GHz clock speed.