STALKER: Call of Pripyat

The third game in the STALKER series continues to build on GSC Game World’s X-Ray Engine by adding DX11 support, tessellation, and more. This also makes it another one of the highly demanding games in our benchmark suite.

With STALKER being another game that normally favors AMD, there’s no surprise here that the GTX 560 comes up short. The GTX 560 underperforms AMD’s latest by 10%-15% depending on the resolution.  The GTX 560’s advantage over the GTX 460 1GB is still a very healthy 33% however, so it certainly looks like we’re seeing the differences in shader architectures in action.

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  • MeanBruce - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - link

    Wonder if you can tune the fans separately in SmartDoctor? Damn cool Asus! Reply
  • Burticus - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    I picked up a GTX460 768mb for $150 last summer. I assume the GTX560 will be down to that price point by this coming summer. I am very happy with the GTX460 except in Civ 5 and I think I am CPU limited there (Phenom II x3).

    So when this thing hits $150 I will sell my GTX460 on fleabay for $100 and upgrade, I guess. I wish I could buy one and stick it in my 360....
  • JimmiG - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    Looks like the video card market is picking up the pace again, which is both a good thing and not. I guess my GTX460 1GB from only 6 months ago now officially sucks and is only usable as a doorstop...a crippled, half-broken, semi-functional video card such as it is.

    On the other hand, it's great that technology is moving so fast. It just means that instead of buying a new video card and keeping it for 1.5 - 2 years, you once again have to upgrade every couple of months if you want to stay on top.

    Also, regardless of the marketing, anything below a 570 *sucks* for gaming above 1680x1050. Look at the results of Stalker, Metro 2033 and Warhead. You need to drop to 1680x1050 before the 560 Ti manager near 60 FPS which is the minimum for smooth gameplay.
  • Soldier1969 - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    Anything below $400 is a poor mans card period, I wouldnt stoop to that level of card running 2560 x 1600 display port max settings there is no substitute! Reply
  • omelet - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - link

    Congratulations. Reply
  • silverblue - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    I'm sorry to say, but knowing the 560 Ti is going to be a weaker and hence far cheaper part than the 580, why did you give it any thought? :) Reply
  • otakuon - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    The GTX 460 is still the best card in nVidia's lineup with regards to price for performance. The 560 is just nVidia's standard interim update to keep itself relevent. I see no need for current GTX 460 owners to rush out and buy this card (or anyone who wants to replace a Fermi card for that matter) when the 600 series will be out this summer and will most likely have new arcitecture. Reply
  • DeerDance - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    6850 beats them in price/performance, they are start at $150 at newegg Reply
  • DeerDance - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    I was kinda surprised by final thoughts
    out of 34 pictures of fps in games, 17 won 6950, 12 gtx560 and 5 were in range of 1frame from each other (4 of those are for 6950) so I wonder why the final thoughts gave edge to GTX560.
  • omelet - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - link

    He may have just done an average of the percentage differences between the two.So if, for instance, the 560 won by 50% in one test and lost by 10% in each of two tests, that method would call the 560 10% faster, even though it was slower in 2/3 of the tests.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't think the conclusion is accurate (I think 6950 looks more powerful overall from the benchmarks), I'm just saying how I think he might have come to his conclusion.

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