GeForce GTX 560 Ti pegged for January release

Nvidia's latest stab at the lucrative performance GPU market, the GeForce GTX 560, is rumoured to be hitting shop shelves on the 25th of this month - and may be resurrecting a suffix familiar to fans of the series.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 is the latest in the company's line of Fermi-based GeForce 500-series GPUs, designed to offer a cheaper alternative to its flagship GeForce GTX 580 for the performance market. Although the fact that the card is coming is an open secret, Nvidia has been keeping quiet on exactly when it might appear.

According to TechPowerUp, however, fans won't have long to wait: cards based around the new GPU are expected to launch from Nvidia's many and varied hardware partners on January the 25th.

The card is set to features 384 CUDA processing cores, a 256-bit interface to 1GB or more of GDDR5 memory, and run at a core clock speed of 820MHz using a GF114 GPU, the company's redesigned 'Fermi' chip which solves the high performance-per-watt costs of the original release.

Interestingly, the new GPU is to depart from traditional naming conventions and bring back a suffix that hasn't been seen for a decade: cards based on the new part are to be called GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

The Ti suffix, representing the chemical symbol for the metallic element titanium, was first introduced in Nvidia's GeForce 3 series to differentiate the company's high-performance parts from the mainstream line, which was given the suffix MX. The company abandoned that approach some time ago, relying on the GT/GTX differential and numerical differences in its place.

Now, however, it's coming back - but whether it's simply a burst of nostalgia from a long-time Nvidia employee or an attempt to subtly differentiate the GPU from competitor AMD's products is unknown.

Pricing on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards has yet to be confirmed by the company's hardware partners, but it is expected to sit at around the £200 mark.