NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: May 16, 2011
Product Name: NVIDIA GTX 560 1GB
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Gigabyte GTX 560 1GB OC

Much like ASUS, Gigabyte has chosen their basic design for the GTX 560ís packaging and sticks to the basic accessories. It is however good to see that a mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor is included.

The design used for Gigabyteís GTX 560 OC can only be described as unique. It uses a pair of huge 100mm inclined fans are supposed to provide top notch cooling while being extremely quiet. The large heatsink and fans also keep this GTX 560 at the reference length of about 9Ē.

Even though Gigabyte does use a custom blue PCB, its layout and components stick to the reference specifications. If you are looking for upgraded components and much better performance, we suggest you wait for the upcoming Super Overclock edition to be released.

The heatsink design is definitely a step up from what we have come to expect from cards that are in line with the reference price. It uses four large copper heatpipes and an extensive number of densely packed aluminum fins for optimal heat dissipation. Unfortunately, the massive fans seem to go to waste since their large diameter blades causes a good portion of their airflow to move around the heatsink instead of through it.

It should be interesting to see how this performs since larger, lower RPM fans sometimes have issues pushing enough air through densely packed fins.

The OCís backplate is the standard fare with two DVIs and a single mini HDMI.

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