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The GTX 560 Ti 1GB is a fantastic card. It’s easy to live with and delivers not only great stock-speed performance, but tons of overclocking potential too. If you’ve held off upgrading until all the cards are on the table then, you’ve got our permission to feel smug – the GTX 560 Ti 1GB is an excellent buy.
Those who wish to upgrade from an older GPU or build from scratch should put the DX11-compatible GTX 560 Ti on a rather short list.
The GTX 560 Ti hits NVIDIA's marketing claims of 30% better performance over the GTX 460 and isn't asking any more for it than it did for the previous generation.
The new master of the sub £200 priced GPUs which performs so well that it can take on and often exceed the performance of the more expensive Radeon 6950.
There is no question that if you are in the market for a new graphics card, be it an ultra high-end GTX580, a more sensibly priced GTX570, or the stunning value GTX560 Ti we have on test here, that nVidia are the recommended choice in all three brackets now. The NVIDIA GTX560 Ti completes NVIDIA's domination of the graphics card market.
If you're looking to spend exactly £200 on a graphics card then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is an excellent choice.
The GTX 560 Ti, then, is a triumph: virtually as fast as more expensive rivals, and with scope for even better performance with a bit of tweaking. Under the hood it shares plenty with the GTX 460 – and it looks likely to repeat its predecessor’s success.
An impressive GTX 560 Ti which offers low noise cooling, great performance at 1920x1080 in the latest games and a nice LED cooler for those with case windows.
Even if it was £200 we'd be raving about it, so to find that all these great qualities don't break the bank either means this has to go straight in as one of our highest recommended products for gamers on a budget and worthy of our Gold Award.
“[the PC is the best experience], both through its application of innovative technologies and by offering a tangible glimpse of the future, and thus it ensures that rumours of its death continue to be greatly exaggerated.”
“From the GeForce LAN 6 event in San Francisco this week, we have a host of videos taken from a ‘behind-the-scenes’ keynote with Johan Andersson, DICE’s visual architect. Grab yourself a coffee, sit back, and enjoy this five-part video showcase.”
“With Battlefield 3, it's satisfying to for once find a multi-platform game that still sets the PC version aside to show what could be possible in the next generation of hardware.”
The Gainward GTX 560 Ti 2GB Phantom is the quietest GTX 560 Ti we've heard, and it didn't fare too badly in the speed stakes once overclocked. If noise is your priority, however, the Phantom is a great buy.
Scan's system is tidy, fast and well-thought-out. Graphics, too, are tasty, taking in two overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Tis in SLI, and the system feels very responsive even under utmost load.
“Even if it was £200 we'd be raving about it, so to find that all these great qualities don't break the bank either means this has to go straight in as one of our highest recommended products for gamers on a budget and worthy of our Gold Award”
“An impressive GTX 560 Ti which offers low noise cooling, great performance at 1920x1080 in the latest games and a nice LED cooler for those with case windows.”
“...with an Nvidia 560 ti and up, [go for PC], it will blow your mind.”
“[a GeForce GTX 560] should get you running at Ultra settings. It’s worth reiterating that there’s more than one type of GTX 560, though. Those that have the ‘Ti’ suffix have more shader cores and a higher clockspeed. The Ti versions cost £40-ish more, but will likely give you headroom to add things like anti-aliasing if you want better image quality.”
“To achieve a sustained 1080p60 at ultra settings, DICE itself recommends two top-of-the-line NVIDIA GTX580s running in SLI. However, in our testing with the beta we found that a single GTX580 in combination with a 3.33GHz Core i7 gave us around 55-60FPS in most cases. Best picks for a medium-priced graphics card would be the GTX560ti”
“The AMD cards seem to be particularly badly affected by the application of 4x AA, with the HD 6970 2GB managing a minimum frame rate of just 34fps; only 1fps more than the much cheaper GTX 560 Ti 1GB.”
The GTX 560 Ti 448 is a sound bet, offering GTX 570 1.3GB performance, for a little bit less cash.
The compact PCB will appeal to many consumers who could worry that the other cards are too large for their case. It is also worth noting that the ZOTAC card had the highest core speed out of the box when compared to the other cards being tested today.
The results were generally spectacular. It was consistently faster than an overclocked GTX570 and on occasion was neck and neck with the GTX580. Perhaps most impressively this enormously improved overclock didn't provide too much heat for the Twin Frozr III cooler to handle.
“If you've got a couple of hundred notes hanging about and are in need of a new GPU, look no further. The performance of this is excellent, it overclocks well and it's pretty cool too”
The fact you are getting a slightly cut-down GTX 570 for a little more than a standard GTX 560 Ti has to be a positive thing. Coupled with the fact that Asus sure can design a graphics card's cooler, making for overclocking nirvana, makes that doubly so.
MSI give us the coolest running card in the roundup, again improve on the build quality compared to reference deisgn cards and go further than ASUS and GIGABYTE by offering an overclock out of the box. The increase in core and memory speed means we have a card which runs faster than the rest being tested today and MSI too have managed to achieve very low noise levels.
Moving to GIGABYTE we have a card which also improves on design aspects such as power phases and the quality of components used. Then we have a cooler which not only runs near silent but also cools exceptionally well, while sticking with a more compact dual slot design. Overclocking results were also decent.
The massive cooler and solid backplate give the card a real feel of quality and this is backed up by the compoents and design used, both of which are of high quality. While the card isn't overclocked out of the box it does run exceptionally quiet and was able to achieve the highest speeds in our test today.
“We look forward to seeing what other partners can do with this limited-edition GPU, but Gigabyte's derivative is going to be hard to beat. The GV-N560448-13I is well built, quiet in use, ultra-cool and able to deliver excellent 1080p performance.”
“Sparkle had been quiet for quite a while and suddenly this card appeared that was blisteringly fast, quiet and damn good value. It was proof you don't need to sell a kidney to get a decent level of eye-candy in the latest titles...”
When we first did our batch of GTX560Ti 448 reviews it became very difficult to find a new way of expressing the fact that they are pretty inseparable so you couldn't go wrong with whichever one you chose. The Inno3D was very consistent, giving a good result in all of our tests. Because of this consistency and being a bit easier on your pocket we are happy to award the Inno3D our Gamers Choice award.
The graphics cards are however different beasts. The 384 core version of the GTX560 we tested today seemed to have the upper hand as it wielded 2GB of GDDR5 and this extra memory proved invaluable at high resolutions with filters added as the 448 core and the GTX570 it is based upon ran into VRAM limitations.
Give any serious enthusiast £1500 to select a list of components and build a gaming system and the specifications will almost certainly match that of the 3XS FT03 ROG SLI. This system oozes quality and performance. Having a dual graphics card configuration means that 3D performance is very good too.