N560GTX Exclusive: MSIs GTX 560 cards pictured

We're only hours from the official launch of Nvidia's upcoming GTX 560 GPU, the one without Ti on the end which is set to, well, compete with something or the other at a price point of $10-20 less than something else. Anyhow, we've gotten our hands on a couple of pictures of MSI's upcoming N560GTX Twin Frozr II cards, both of which look very similar to MSI's N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II, but not identical.

We're only hours from the official launch of Nvidia's upcoming GTX 560 GPU, the one without Ti on the end which is set to, well, compete with something or the other at a price point of $10-20 less than something else. Anyhow, we've gotten our hands on a couple of pictures of MSI's upcoming N560GTX Twin Frozr II cards, both of which look very similar to MSI's N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II, but not identical.

We're not quite sure why, but MSI seems to have added a small clamp on the rear part of the PCB that helps stabilize the GPU cooler. Oddly enough, the Ti versions don't have this little addition and we're not quite sure why MSI has added, but there must be a reason for it. This is the only difference we managed to spot between the cards, but the real difference is of course inside the GPU itself.

N560GTX Exclusive: MSIs GTX 560 cards pictured

The stock clocked card should have a core clock of 820MHz with the 336 shaders clocked at 1640MHz and the 1GB of GDDR5 memory at an effective speed of an even 4GHz. The GTX 560 GPU is said to have 32 ROPs and it retains the 256-bit memory interface. The N560GTX Twin Frozer II/OC is a little bit faster with a core clock of 870MHz which brings the shaders up to 1740MHz while the memory has been overclocked to 4080MHz.

N560GTX OC Exclusive: MSIs GTX 560 cards pictured

Both cards have a pair of DVI ports and a mini HDMI port and MSI supplies a mini HDMI to HDMI adapter as well as a DVI to D-sub adapter with the cards. We found the N560GTX Twin Frozer II/OC listed on a European online retailer for €214.12 (S$380) which is only €9.16 (S$16) cheaper than the Ti version and with such a small price difference, it's hard to see why anyone would go for the GTX 560 over the GTX 560 Ti.