Some nice bright packaging is used by Palit for their GTX 560 box and placed around the edges we get some product information which covers the key features of the card. One of these is a logo which tells us this is the Sonic Platinum (Overclocked) version. Inside we find a minimalist bundle with the drivers, manual and a single power cable all that is provided, allowing Palit to keep costs low.
We have reviewed a number of Palit cards in the past and they tend to use custom designs for both the PCB and cooler; The GTX 560 Sonic Platinum is no different. We get a compact red 7.25" PCB and attached to the front is a dual slot cooler with a single Power Logic PLA08015S12HH fan in the centre. This sits above a block of aluminium fins that have two copper heatpipes running through them. A single SLI connector sits at the top of the card which lets us know that we can combine two of these cards together if desired for enhanced performance.
To give some indication of the compact nature of this card we have shown it above alongside a standard Radeon 6850, a model who’s overclocked editions share a similar price point to the 560.
Palit provide us with three outputs on the GTX 560 and two screens can be connected at the same time with three screen gaming possible on an SLI system. The first output is HDMI, then we have dual-link DVI and finally there is a single VGA, a configuration which should meet the needs of most consumers. To assist the PCIe 2.0 connector in powering the card we have two 6-pin connectors and these point out of the top of the card, minimising the space required in our case.
Palit set their version of the GTX 560 to 900MHz core and 1800MHz shader with the 1GB of Samsung GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus set to 1050MHz. There are 336 CUDA cores and 32 ROPS within the 40nm core which is based on the same chip as the Ti version and PCIe 2.0, DirectX 11 and DirectCompute are all supported on this card as is acceleration of high definition content. The Sonic Platinum can also output 7.1 audio over HDMI including DTS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD.
Finally, also supported are DirectX 11, DirectCompute 5.0, CUDA, OpenCL, PhysX and 3D Vision.
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