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Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Review: GF110 On A Diet

Zotac's GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Limited Edition

There is no official GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core reference design from Nvidia, so manufacturers modify their own GeForce GTX 570 cards to accommodate the cut-back GPU.

Zotac’s option is based on its GeForce GTX 570 AMP! Edition card. As expected, then, it's 9.5” long (about an inch less than the reference GeForce GTX 570 and about half an inch longer than the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti). The 448-core card doesn't get the designation of being one of Zotac's AMP! models, but it does feature a slight increase of 33 MHz over the reference 732 MHz core clock spec.

Zotac doesn’t employ a radial fan like the GeForce GTX 570 reference model, instead opting for a single axial fan configuration. The cooler is equipped with three copper heat pipes to pull thermal energy away from the GPU quickly, and the cooler is covered with a shroud painted in Zotac’s stylish orange and black trademark colors.

The card has an interesting choice of outputs: two dual-link DVI ports, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort connector. You generally don't see four total outputs on a GeForce-based card, since Nvidia's GPUs still max out with two independent display pipelines. However, the choice to pick any two of the four is still nice.

The Zotac GeForce GTX 560 448 Ti Core Edition has an MSRP of $299. Its bundle includes a DVI-to-VGA adapter, two four-pin Molex-to-six-pin PCIe power adapters, a driver disk, user manual, and a software bundle that features Zotac’s Firestorm overclocking tool. Customers in the U.S. also get a copy of Battlefield 3. That's a $60 value-add, which could make the board more appealing to buyers who haven't yet snagged a copy of their own.

The two PCIe power connectors face the back of the board, requiring clearance behind Zotac's card for the requisite power supply leads. Cards with power plugs up top facilitate easier access.

  • borden5
    this one trade blows with 6950 2gb and cost about $30 more hm?
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  • tmk221
    nice gpu but it's to expensive compared to 6950...
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  • Ernst56
    I just recently replaced an aging 8800 GTS with the 2GB Twin Frozr 560TI card. I have a large case with 7 fans and with a fan profile running the Twin Frozr at 70%, I can overclock to well past 570 performance.

    Since I got the card, with a game, for $249, I'm very happy. An hour of MW3 or SC2 at max settings shows a max temp of 53C.
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  • nhat11
    In the battlefield 3 tests, why aren't the testers testing the settings on Ultra? I don't care about settings on high.
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  • borden5
    thanks for great article, does anyone notice the 6950 1gb vs 2gb give same performance even tho at higher resolution ??
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  • cleeve
    nhat11In the battlefield 3 tests, why aren't the testers testing the settings on Ultra? I don't care about settings on high.
    Because none of these cards are fast enough to run on Ultra unless you're going to drop resolution, and nobody buys this class of card to run below 1080p.

    We try to make our benchmark settings realistic, not theoretical.
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  • jimmy-bee
    Wow, I hate to see the death of 1920 x 1200 resolution monitor to be replaced by 1080P. But liked this benchmark since I have a 560Ti. Always used Tom's benchmarks to help me decide on video cards.
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  • I'm with nhat11.

    I play my BF3 on Ultra settings and 1080p with the 6950 2GB. Ans this is not "theoretical". So if the framerate its 10fps everybody should know.

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  • dontcrosthestreams
    "the nordics".......skyrim joke please.
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  • wolfram23
    I always find it almost shocking that the 6950 1gb and 2gb models have basically identical framerates even at 2560x1600 in all of these super demanding games. Do we really need more than 1gb VRAM? I always think about going triple monitors, and always think my 1gb is going to be a drawback...
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