NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Roundup - Three to the Fore

Introducing the Cards

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti White Edition

Galaxy has always made some of the most outrageous graphics cards. Previously, they distinguished themselves from the competition by having an unique “flip-fan” cooler, with which users can easily lift the fan up for easy cleaning. Now and as its name suggests, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti White Edition is grabbing attention with its white PCB.

Honestly, it’s not really pure white, more like off-white or cream, nevertheless, the unusual PCB color of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti White Edition is striking. The card also uses a more traditional looking cooler with a quad heat pipe design, rather than the “flip-fan” ones seen on previous cards, and it also comes factory overclocked at a very aggressive 950MHz at the core, 1900MHz at the shaders, and 4400MHz DDR at the memory. Lastly, because of the rare white PCB, the card is limited to only 1000 units worldwide.

Say goodbye to Galaxy's unique "flip-fan" cooler because they have decided to stick to a more conventional cooler design this time round.

Instead of the usual twin DVI and mini-HDMI ports, Galaxy is offering a single DVI, DisplayPort and full-size HDMI port on their card instead.

Under the metallic cooler casing is a large heatsink coupled with four thick heat pipes.

Here's a look at the card's outrageous white PCB. Interestingly, there are several more more proadlizer modules on this card compared to its competition. Would it fare better than the competitors for overclocking or better power efficiency? We'll check these aspects soon enough.


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock

On paper, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock is probably the most impressive. Thanks to features such as 'cherry-picked' GPUs and Gigabyte’ Ultra Durable VGA+ suite of high quality components such as 2 oz copper PCB, Japanese-made solid capacitors, and NEC proadlizers for better current capacity, Gigabyte is able to get the card running at an amazing 1000MHz at the core, 2000MHz at the shaders and 4580MHz DDR at the memory - the highest of any custom GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards currently in the market. 

On top of the impressive clock speeds, the card also gets Gigabyte’s highly effective Windforce 2x custom cooler, which has dual fans and specially angled heatsink arrays that Gigabyte claims to reduce air turbulence thus allowing greater and smoother airflow.

The Gigabyte card uses the familiar Windforce 2x cooler that we've seen on their other cards.

The card has the usual twin DVI ports and single mini-HDMI port found on reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards.

For the uninitiated, the Windforce 2x cooler has specially angled fans and heatsinks which supposedly reduce turbulent air flow and allow for a smoother flow of air.


MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC

The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC follows MSI’s tried-and-tested recipe for a customized overclocked card and that is Military Class II components, featuring solid state capacitors, ferrite core chokes and Hi-C Caps, and MSI’s very own Twin Frozr II cooler. This combination has served MSI well in the past, and we are expecting more of the same today.

In terms of clock speeds, the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC is the most modest, coming in at 880MHz at the score, 1760MHz at the shaders and 4200MHz DDR at the memory. Admittedly, it’s a bit conservative considering the clock speeds of both the Galaxy and Gigabyte card, but the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC should still be significantly quicker than a reference card.

Like the Gigabyte card, the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC looks familiar because of the Twin Frozr II cooler which is widely used on MSI's custom designed cards.

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

No less than four heat pipes are used to quickly draw heat away from the GPU core to keep the card running cool.

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