|EVGA GeForce GTX560Ti FTW 448-Core|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Tuesday, 29 November 2011|
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EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW Conclusion
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Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of time with the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW. I was unable to find out the overclockability of the card before release. One of the software packages that came with the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW was EVGA's Precision Tuning Utility, however, so I intend on finding out just how much headroom there is in this limited edition video card.
I really can't complain at all about the performance of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW. NVIDIA says that the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores should run about 5% slower than the GTX 570, thus filling the gap between the GTX 560 Ti and the GTX 570. This is almost exactly the case in the tests I have run with the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW. I think there was only one test where the difference was 6% or more. The rest were either 5% or below. That's likely due to the fact that the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW outclocks the stock GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores. With performance that close, it is probably a good bet that, when overclocked, the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW will do very well.
In my opinion, the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW is quite visually appealing, both on the box and the card itself. While I have experienced some disagreement with my assessment of appearance in the past, I like a card that shows itself off while still maintaining a decent amount of modesty. The card touts the EVGA logo, the model of the card, and a green and black background accented by yellow flashes. I certainly wouldn't overlook this card while walking through the store, but I wouldn't be annoyed with it like I am with some cards that tout half-naked, muscular elf women and burly barbarians wielding giant two-handed axes.
The construction of the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW appears to be very solid. The card is put together firmly and I didn't notice any weak parts. The fact that EVGA was able to factory overclock the GPU speaks to the construction of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores GPU itself.
The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW is functionally similar to any other GTX 560 or higher GPU. NVIDIA offers some nice features with its GPUs, including PhysX support and NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround support. Obviously, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW supports these functions as well. One of the things I would like to see NVIDIA start adding support for is triple-monitor NVIDIA surround from a single video card. Any card with the now-standard two DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort connectors should be capable of this, if it were supported by NVIDIA drivers. However, only the dual-GPU GTX 590 can actually do it.The stock version of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores video cards sells for $289.99 (Newegg) . That puts it right about the same price as some of the higher-end Radeon HD 6950s and a little higher than the GTX 560 Ti cards and Radeon HD 6870s. It's also, however, quite a bit less expensive than most of the GTX 570 video cards. Seeing that we were able to come very close to the performance of the GTX 570 in our tests with the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW, it will be well worth $290. That price is a good one, and with the distribution of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores limited to only a few markets and a smaller amount of GPUs, this might be your choice if you were looking at the GTX 570 before.
+ Nice Looking Card
+ Performs close to a GTX 570, but for potentially less cash
+ 448 Cores
+ Solid Construction
+ Factory Overclocked
+ Bundled EVGA Precision Tuning Software
+ Sweet Poster Included!
- No 3 Monitor NVIDIA Surround Support
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.