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Five Overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti Cards, Compared

Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC

The part that prompted today’s roundup, Gigabyte’s “Super Overlocked” part number GV-N560SO-1GI received kudos in its first appearance for its ability to mimic a far-more-expensive GeForce GTX 570 in some games. Its SLI capability is still limited to a maximum of two cards however, since all GeForce GTX 560 Tis only support only a single bridge connection.

This might also be one of the most decoratively-styled GeForce GTX 560 Ti products, with a canted-fan quad-heat pipe cooler designed to increase inlet space between cards and air velocity towards the exhaust.

Gigabyte’s design resembles that of its rival Asus, right down to power connector placement and phase count, though enough exceptions exist that we can tell this is also an independently-produced part.

Extreme overclocking would be needed for Gigabyte to legitimize its performance claims, and this card's GPU is pushed nearly 22% beyond the GeForce GTX 560 Ti’s standard frequency. The memory, however, is only 14% over stock, so it’s unlikely that real-world games will scale as well as the aggressive graphics processor overclock.

We looked up e-tail photos of the GV-N560SO-1GI to confirm that Gigabyte is indeed supplying this card with a mini-to-full HDMI cable, rather than an adapter block, along with a DVI-I to VGA adapter block and two four-pin-to-PCIe power adapters. Our early sample was shipped prior to the final packaging, leaving us without a photo of our own.

  • Please add in the results idle noise level. For me, noise is one of the most important thing when considering a graphics card. I bought a Galaxy GTX 460 last year with the funny cooler and it sounded like a jet engine even when idle. I ended up replacing it with a Thermalright Shaman cooler, the 140mm fan is much more pleasant to the ears.
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  • Annisman
    Thanks for the review, any news on any *new* 2GB models of the GTX 560 ? The only one currently available is the Palit version, which shares the same design as the Palit sonic edition card that was reviewed. Would love to see a Gigabyte SOC 2GB card...
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  • ScoobyJooby-Jew
    These are some pretty sweet cards. Could you put up the numbers for a reference spec GTX 470. That would be interesting to see how they compare performance wise. The OC'ed cards have pretty similar bandwith to the 470. The big powerful 320 bit card vs the smaller more efficient 256 bit card.
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  • ScoobyJooby-Jew
    There should have been a please in the previous post, and a question mark. -1 for bad grammar. -1 for bad manners.
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  • mattmock
    I am not sure that even dual GTX 580s qualify as a status symbol. They sit in your computer and no one ever sees them.
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  • nebun
    MattMockI am not sure that even dual GTX 580s qualify as a status symbol. They sit in your computer and no one ever sees them.you don't need to see it...you only need to feel it...wait, it's still in the case...lol
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  • gti88
    Well, one still need to overclock to play Crysis. But who cares, when Crysis 2 is in the wild?
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  • iam2thecrowe
    Why dont your roundups ever contain reference to other cards???? Please, reference to other cards. If the most overclocked card costs nearly as much as a gtx570, you need to show the speed difference of similarly priced cards
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  • utengineer
    iam2thecroweWhy dont your roundups ever contain reference to other cards???? Please, reference to other cards. If the most overclocked card costs nearly as much as a gtx570, you need to show the speed difference of similarly priced cardsThis was not the intent of the article. This article was intended to see which 560Ti was the best bang for your buck. I am sure there will be future articles that compare different cards and their price points.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    gti88Well, one still need to overclock to play Crysis. But who cares, when Crysis 2 is in the wild?Even a 8800GT can play Crysis 2.We have to change our spam to " can it play Crysis 1 ? "
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