With the new GeForce GTX560 Ti 448 Core NVIDIA were clearly aiming to fill a particular price gap in their product range and the chip they have created to fill this achieves that task well. We get a part which has all of the great features present on the rest of the range, such as stereoscopic 3D (3D VISION), PhysX (see Arkham City), DirectX 11 support and a wide range of GPU computing software.
The key aspect however is that NVIDIA is giving their partners plenty of flexibility in creating cards around this GPU and that has resulted in some very different products which each look to win over consumers.
First up is ASUS who offer the card which most impresses when unboxed. The massive cooler and solid backplate give the card a real feel of quality and this is backed up by the compoents and design used, both of which are of high quality. While the card isn’t overclocked out of the box it does run exceptionally quiet and was able to achieve the highest speeds in our test today.
Moving to GIGABYTE we have a card which also improves on design aspects such as power phases and the quality of components used. Then we have a cooler which not only runs near silent but also cools exceptionally well, while sticking with a more compact dual slot design. Overclocking results were also decent.
MSI give us the coolest running card in the roundup, again improve on the build quality compared to reference deisgn cards and go further than ASUS and GIGABYTE by offering an overclock out of the box. The increase in core and memory speed means we have a card which runs faster than the rest being tested today and MSI too have managed to achieve very low noise levels.
That brings us to ZOTAC who take a more standard approach to card design, offering a traditional single fan cooler. This does mean that the card runs a little warmer than the others but it is still quiet in operation and the compact PCB will appeal to many consumers who could worry that the other cards are too large for their case. It is also worth noting that the ZOTAC card had the highest core speed out of the box when compared to the other cards being tested today.
In terms of overall performance when gaming, the GTX560 Ti in its new form always performed higher than the original model, coming close to the GTX570 on many occasions. The card was also able to beat the 6950 in most tests and compete at the level of the 6970 in others, impressive considering the 6970 costs more when not on special offer.
So that brings us to value where most GTX 560 Ti’s will start retailing at around £239, right in that gap between 560 Ti and GTX 570. This is however complicated by the fact that there are often GTX 570 deals on, and the competitive 6970 is only £15 more in some stores… so it is not necessarily the launch price which will appeal about this card but the discounts/deals that retailers will no doubt offer in the coming weeks that could make this a must have purchase when compared to the GTX570/6970 and the like.
ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores DirectCU II
GIGABYTE GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores with Windforce 3
MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores
ZOTAC GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Overclocked