NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Roundup (EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI)

Author: SKYMTL
Date: November 28, 2011
Product Name: GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448
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The Complete Specifications

Being this is a launch day review, one may expect most of these cards to sport the same basic specifications but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

While Gigabyte brings up the rear, their card actually has the lowest price of the bunch at $289. MSI brings up the middle ground with some moderate overclocks but their Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC is also the most expensive of the bunch at $310. Last but not least, EVGA has thrown a wrench into the works by pricing their high flying Classified model at only $299, or $10 more than NVIDIA’s SEP (suggested etail price).

Much like the clock speeds, the lengths of these cards run the gamut. The MSI Twin Frozr III is by far the most compact at a mere 10” while EVGA brings up second place at a reasonable 10.5” from tip to tail. Gigabyte’s card meanwhile really pushes the envelope at 11.25” due to its gargantuan heatsink design.

EVGA GTX 560 Ti Classified

Part Number: 012-P3-2068-KR
Warranty: 3-Years (Upgrades available: $15 / 5 Years, $30 / 10 Years)
Price @ Launch: $299 USD

In the past EVGA partook in the overclocking game with their competitors but for some reason stayed out of the custom cooling / up upgraded components game. Not anymore. Along with some other cards in their GTX 500-series range, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Classified is a huge step towards offering a serious enthusiast product. It has a massive dual fan heatsink, an expanded 6-phase PWM and a number of other features.

It certainly looks like EVGA has designed a beast and the Classified’s clock speeds lend some truth to this perception. However pricing came as a pleasant surprise to us: $299, or $10 more than NVIDIA’s suggested etail price. Some may complain that this card has EVGA’s “shorter” 3-year warranty and lacks access to their famous Step Up program but upgrades to both can be purchased. Plus, we highly doubt most will keep the Classified for more than three years anyways.

Other than the aforementioned heatsink and the expanded power distribution design, EVGA has packed a few more notable features into their Classified. The board is equipped with a 6+8 pin power design which should come in handy when going for higher overclocks and there is a glowing logo on the heatsink shroud’s side.

Flipping the card over reveals a PCB reminiscent of the one found on NVIDIA’s reference GTX 470 with populated 10 memory IC spots and a small cut out to facilitate heatsink ventilation. On the original Fermi cards, the opening in the PCB was used for increased airflow towards the fan when they were installed in an SLI configuration. In this case it pulls double duty as an extra exhaust port for the hot air generated by the heatsink.

All of the exterior PCB markers point towards the distinct possibility that EVGA took a GTX 480 PCB and simply installed a GF110 core onto it. If this is the case, you can bet that the Classified will never have to worry about stressing the PWM, even when overclocked to extreme levels.

The Classified’s backplate uses EVGA’s High Airflow Bracket which is supposed to further increase airflow. In this case we doubt this design does much since the fans aren’t directional and won’t benefit from far-away openings. For those wondering, there is also a pair of DVI connectors and a single mini HDMI 1.4a output (a mini HDMI to full size adaptor is included in the accessory package.

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