NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Graphics Card Review
ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores DirectCU II
ASUS package their new 560 Ti in a box with very familiar styling. There are various information logos on the front and inside we find a bundle which consists of documentation, software disc, SLI bridge, DVI>VGA convertor and a power cable.
Looking at the card itself it is clear that ASUS have taken the free rein from NVIDIA and created a monster of a product. This is a triple slot cooled GTX 560 Ti 448 core with dual 8cm fans (163CFM) and DirectCU II cooling. This means our copper heatpipes make contact with the GPU and then pass the heat direct to the aluminium fins.
Elsewhere on the card we get their Super Alloy Power technology which is a selection of components which use heat resistant, anti-corrosive metals to reduce power loss, enhance durability and achieve cooler operation. Alloy Chokes for example are filled with concrete, rather than being hollow, and reduce vibration noise as well as temperatures when compared to the traditional models.
ASUS then further enhance the card design over reference by using an 8-phase design, compared to 6 phase and they have removed the power monitoring/limiting controller from the design as well.
Round at the outputs we have the HDMI, two dual-link DVI and DisplayPort with the card capable of powering two displays on its own or three for surround gaming in SLI. Power sockets remain as 2x 6-pin which matches the reference requirement and these point out of the top of the ASUS card.
The core on this model is set to 732MHz and the 1280MB of DDR5 memory is set to 950MHz. There are 40 ROPS and for the CUDA Cores this is of course a 448 design connected to a 320-bit memory bus. PCIe 2.0, DirectX 11 and DirectCompute are all supported on this card as is acceleration of high definition content and the card can output audio over HDMI as well as support Stereoscopic 3D and PhysX.