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Written by Hank Tolman   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
EVGA GeForce GTX560Ti FTW 448-Core
Closer Look: EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW
Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Aliens vs. Predator
DX11: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
DX11: DiRT-2 Demo
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.5

Closer Look: EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW

The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW came in a green box that highlighted the features of the GPU and had some fancy logos. I like the look of the box and I think it stands out pretty well. The FTW designation, for those who may now know, stands for "For the Win". It's a gamer term usually associated with something that allows a gamer to achieve victory. If I use a knife to kill someone in Battlefield 3, I might say something like, "Knife kill FTW!" Anyway, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW is one of two versions of the 448 Core GTX 560 Ti that EVGA is releasing. The other is the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified, which will be even more limited in its distribution than the FTW version.


Speaking of limited distribution, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores video cards from every manufacturer are going to be limited. NVIDIA is only releasing a certain amount of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores GPUs and they will only be available for a limited time. NVIDIA, it seems, is just trying to capitalize on a gap in the market segment for the holiday season 2011 and the associate game releases. While we discussed the stock specifications of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores, EVGA has made some adjustments for the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW video card.


Those specifications include a 797MHz core graphics clock speed and a memory clock of 3900MHz compared to a stock graphics clock speed of 732MHz and a stock memory clock speed of 3800MHz. The CUDA Cores are, therefore, clocked at double the core graphics clock, which is 1464MHz stock and 1594MHz on the EVGA FTW card. EVGA hasn't messed around with memory amounts on the FTW version of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores. There is still 1280MB of GDDR5 memory with a bit width of 320 bits.


The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW doesn't look much different from the EVGA GTX 560 Ti cards. The video card is completely shrouded with the fan in the middle. Because of that shroud, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW takes up two PCI slots, but that is normal for any GTX 560 or better card. The I/O panel is perforated at the top to allow warm air an escape from within your systems enclosure. The top and bottom of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW are not perforated, however. The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 FTW requires two six-pin PCI-E power connectors, also normal for GTX 560 video cards.


The I/O capabilities on the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW are also very standard in comparison to most of the recent video card selections. There are two Dual-Link DVI-I HDCP capable connectors. Because they are both Dual-Link, either one will support a 3D monitor. This is not always the case. There is also a single HDMI 1.4a connector and a single DisplayPort 1.1a connector. The accessories that came with the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW include a driver and software disc, a DVI to VGA adapter, two six-pin PCI-E power cable adapters, and the user's guide. I am again disappointed to find no DisplayPort adapter of any kind. I am hoping that someday, the DVI to VGA adapters will finally be replaced with some DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Although, with an NVIDIA card like the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW, it doesn't really matter that much. I am limited to a two monitor configuration anyway, and that can be accomplished through the use of both DVI ports or one DVI and one HDMI connection. Oh yeah, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW also came with a full-sized poster. Awesome. EVGA poster FTW!


One of the more interesting things I thought I would mention about the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is that you can't pair them in an SLI configuration with a traditional GTX 560 Ti. While this makes sense, I thought I'd mention it in case you were planning on adding this bad boy to your current rig by connecting it to your video card in SLI. The reason it won't connect is because it is, essentially, a different card. It could be called the GTX 565 or, more appropriately, the GTX 568, since it is really closer in performance to the GTX 570 than the GTX 560 Ti. With a different core count and a different frame buffer size, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores couldn't be paired with a GTX 560 Ti. That being said, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores does support both two-way and three-way SLI configurations with other GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores video cards.


As far as size matters, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW measures 4.376 inches in height, 9 inches in length, and weighs 2 lbs. And oh, did I mention it came with a poster?


Now, before we get into the testing, let's take a look at the specifications of the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW.



# What, no HD 6950?Jeff 2011-11-29 08:38
I guess I can extrapolate from other reviews over the past six months that its a hair faster than the HD 6950. Would have been nice to have its natural competition in the review (which is excellent otherwise).
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# RE: What, no HD 6950?Hank 2011-11-29 12:09
Sorry about that Jeff. I literally had one day to test the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW before release and no HD 6950 on hand. Otherwise, it would have been in there.

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# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX560Ti FTW 448-CoreChris 2011-11-29 09:38
Hank - any idea how well Nvidia will support this product? The problem is that this new 448 core product has a limited production run. That means that only a few people are going to have it, which means that good drivers for this product may not be the priority that it is for the more popular cards ... like the 560Ti 384 core edition. Even with a marginally better performance the the 384 core version, it seems like a risk.

It may be better to just swallow the $30 or so dollars and pay up for a 570. On the plus side, this will probably force retailers to offer people a reason to buy a 570, so it may actually bring the 570 and AMD's 6950 down in price a bit.
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# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX560Ti FTW 448-CoreOlin Coles 2011-11-29 09:45
So far as I can tell, this is a permanent change and going forward 448 cores will be the standard 560Ti. Driver support will be identical to other products of the 5xx family, so no worries there. The only risk is price, which I think is competitive to other models.
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# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX560Ti FTW 448-CoreHank 2011-11-29 12:14
NVIDIA did say that this is a limited release, but since all NVIDIA 500 series card use the same drivers, I think it's a safe bet that this card will receive as much driver support as any other. Most of the changes to drivers are for the benefit of many cards rather than just one anyway. Also, NVIDIA recommended using a newer version than what is currently available for the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores. As you can see on the testing page, the most recent drivers are 285.62, while the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores came with 285.88. Looks like the are already updating in support of this card.

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# RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX560Ti FTW 448-CoreChris 2011-11-29 15:57
Okay - thanks.

The reason why I asked was because a friend of mine is looking for a replacement GPU for his old HD 4870. I'm at a bit of a conflict on what advice to give him. A 580 or 6970 is probably out of his budget, barring a major Christmas discount.

I myself own the 560TI Hawk, and if I were to get a card today, it'd be another one.

The other variable is that the new generation of cards is around the corner, which makes things a bit more debatable. I told him to see if he could get a good Christmas deal - else, wait it out if he could.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX560Ti FTW 448-CoreHelping dude whose too bored 2011-11-29 17:44
Well... bit-tech did release a review so I am going to refer to that. Essentially what they are saying that you will get a similar performance to a stock clocked GTX 570. So i guess it is better buying for now. Since mid-range nVidia cards will take at least 6 months for them to come out. So, there is not much point in waiting for those.

Link for bit-tech review:
Image of nVidia roadmap:
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# 560 TI 448 classifiednate dogg 2012-02-08 08:51
wanted to hop on here since there was no classified benchmark review and say that although this card and the classified are close to the same, the extra fan and better cooling of the classified is well worth the extra $15 plus there is an awesome light on the side that says EVGA that really adds to the look of your PC.

This card freakin ROCKS!! i put it in a kinda old system that was getting a best score of 7706 from 3DMark06 to a 10110 score with only one of these cards compared to my old SLi set up!

mine currently OCs to a very stable 950 core 1900 shader and 2010 memory speed and stayed below 55 deg Cel with fans @ 60% durring 3DMark06 benchmark.

Cant wait to see my score once i get a 2nd card in SLi and my new Asus MoBo and i5 2500k CPU in a couple weeks! i will post on here and give an update once i do.
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