NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Roundup (EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI)
Also be sure to read our primary GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Review
The GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores has landed and while our initial article focused upon all things reference clocked, NVIDIA’s board partners are in the process of making things interesting. Unlike most other graphics card launches, this new GF110-based product doesn’t have a “reference” design -other than some NVIDIA-determined minimum clock speeds- so there will be a wide variety of offerings from just about everyone. There will be plenty overclocked SKUs and a good helping of custom coolers scattered throughout the GTX 560 Ti 448 range even though this card will have a very limited run.
The GTX 560 Ti “448” uses a cut-down and massaged GF110 core in the place of the original GTX 560 Ti’s fully tapped out GF114. NVIDIA has been quite straightforward regarding the origins of these cores too. As many have already guessed, they couldn’t make the grade for GTX 570 or GTX 580 cards so instead of being thrown out; NVIDIA is using them as a market niche filler for the Christmas season.
More often than not, giving AiBs carte blanche does have some pitfalls since expanding upon a predetermined set of specifications does tend to drive up end user cost. We’ve seen this happen with almost every launch; NVIDIA or AMD introduce a new card and their partners try to make a quick buck by selling mildly overclocked versions for outrageous prices. Luckily that situation isn’t repeating itself with the GTX 560 Ti 448 since most cards will be retailing for NVIDIA’s SEP of $289 or at the most $305, regardless of clock frequencies or value added features. The reason for this quite simple: any higher and you get dangerously close to GTX 570 territory.
With these points in mind, we set about getting our hands on as many GTX 560 Ti 448 cards as we could and EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI all answered the call. What we have is a good representational cross section of the cards available at launch. Unfortunately, due to the finite number of cores being made available by NVIDIA, what you see is what you get when it comes to selection from the eight board companies carrying this new card across North America and parts of Europe. So if something in this roundup catches your attention, jump on it at the first chance because chances are that channel stock will dry up in a matter of weeks.
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