NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - A New Titan Rises

Introducing the Cards

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5

From the outset, the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti looks remarkably similar to the older GeForce GTX 460, except that it is a tad longer. It uses the same cooler as the one seen on the GeForce GTX 460, but with a few enhancements. It gets a larger heatsink and an additional copper heat pipe to draw heat even more quickly away from the GPU core. Since it is a reference card, it also sports reference clock speeds, which means 822MHz at the core, 1644MHz at the shaders and 4008MHz at the memory.

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is slightly longer, perhaps due to the upgraded 4-phase power circuitry, improved memory modules and the same power monitoring hardware that we first saw on the GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570.

The card still gets the usual twin DVI ports and single mini-HDMI port for video output.

Power is fed through two 6-pin PCIe power connectors and the rated TDP of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is 170W, 10W greater than the GTX 460. NVIDIA recommends a PSU rated for at least 500W to run the card safely.

Unlike the GeForce GTX 470 which it is supposed to replace, the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti gets only a single SLI connector, which means only 2-way SLI is possible.



As its name implies, the this card is packing ASUS’ new DirectCU II technology cooler, which has twin cooling fans, and flattened copper heat pipes which are in direct contact with the GPU core for quicker heat dissipation. The card also comes with ASUS’ new Super Alloy Power suite of enhanced components, such as Super Alloy Capacitors for a higher voltage threshold and improved overclocking potential.

To top things off, the card is also factory overclocked at a heady 900MHz at the core, 1800MHz at the shaders and 4200MHz DDR at the memory, which should make it run faster than NVIDIA's reference one.

Thanks to the massive DirectCU II cooler, the ASUS card is longer than NVIDIA's reference design.

The ASUS card gets the usual twin DVI ports and single mini-HDMI port for video output.

ASUS’ DirectCU coolers have performed well in the past and it'll be interesting to see how this new and improved DirectCU design with dual cooling fans will do in our test.


The Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic

Admirably, Palit has given us a custom edition GeForce GTX 560 Ti on the day of launch and this is the Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic. As its name implies, it is factory overclocked at 900MHz at the core, 1800MHz at the shaders, and 4200MHz DDR at the memory - similar to the ASUS card above. Faster clock speeds aside, it is also slightly more compact, and yet it sports a dual-fan cooler, which should help keep the card running cool.

The Palit card is slightly more compact, thanks to its redesigned custom PCB layout.

Palit has also improved on the video output options, giving users twin DVI ports, a VGA port and also a full-sized HDMI port.

Apart from the two cooler fans, the card also has a copper heatsink core which dissipates heat quickly to the two aluminum heatsink arrays.