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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
Conclusion

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

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.

EVGA_GTX560Ti_448_Box_Card.jpg

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.

Pros:goldentachaward.png

+ 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!

Cons:

- No 3 Monitor NVIDIA Surround Support

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.50

Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.


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# 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.

-Hank
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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.


-Hank
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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:
##bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/11/29/zotac-geforce-gtx-560-ti-448-cores-review/1
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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