Galaxy GTX 560 Ti Super OC White Edition Review
It may not be the newest graphics card around, nor is it the most powerful but NVIDIA’s GTX 560 Ti is currently one of the best selling graphics cards on the market. That shouldn’t come as any surprise since it is relatively inexpensive while performing admirably in a wide variety of games so its choice as our GPU of the Year shouldn’t have come as any surprise. To capitalize upon this popularity NVIDIA’s board partners have also released a wide variety of overclocked, custom cooled versions which range in price from $210 all the way up to $275 depending on features and clock speeds.
Galaxy hasn’t been seen here on the pages of Hardware Canucks but they have a large stable of unique cards. They jumped onto the GTX 560 Ti bandwagon early in the game and have continually enhanced their lineup with new offerings. Their latest iteration is one of the highest clocked GTX 560 Ti’s around, called the Super OC White Edition. With a core speed of 950MHz, memory clocks reaching the 4.4GHz mark and an average price of about $265, this card has the capability to reach or even surpass the recently released GTX 560 Ti 448 while costing significantly less.
The Super OC White Edition’s design is what we would call unique but thankfully Galaxy hasn’t messed with the GTX 560 Ti’s reference length of 9.5”. They have however included a custom cooling assembly with a fan that’s mounted slightly off center in a typical pull / push configuration.
The heatsink uses a standard copper heatpipe and aluminum fin design which is topped by a single 90mm fan and is actually quite large for such a low TDP core. However, extra thermal overhead is a must when overclocking and Galaxy claims clock speeds can be increased even further.
One of the more interesting features on the Super OC White Edition is the inclusion of a full aluminum shroud which has a highly reflective chrome finish. However, as the sign on the shroud says: this thing gets stupidly hot when the card is in operation.
Another interesting feature of this card is the unique white PCB which looks great and doesn’t have that odd greenish tint of some older “white” motherboards. Otherwise, we can also see some hint of the upgraded components with an NEC Tokin solid state capacitor placed in line with the core.
The Galaxy Super OC eschews the standard reference GTX 560 Ti power connector layout and instead uses an 8-pin / 6-pin combination alongside which is placed a slim white port for never-released accessories. Meanwhile, the backplate connectors expand upon the reference design in some areas but take a step back in others. Along with a single DVI output, there are also single connectors for DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4a. However, since Galaxy doesn’t include a HDMI or DP to DVI connector, some people may have an issue running NVIDIA Surround on two of these cards if their monitors don’t support DP or HDMI. In addition, it is impossible to run 3D Vision Surround without at least two DVI dual link capable connectors on at least one of the two cards.
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