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It’s no secret that Nvidia’s new graphics card GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores uses the same GF110 GPUs as the top-end products GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570. In other words, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores seems to be closer in its design to the GTX 570 than to the GTX 560 Ti. It fits snugly into the previously unoccupied price niche between these two products which come at $349 and $249, respectively. It features in-between specs as well:

The only question is for how long will this graphics card be produced? It is labeled “Limited Edition” even at Nvidia’s official website. We suspect it is meant to close the gap between the two neighboring products until the upcoming announcement of the next wave of Nvidia’s solutions. But whatever market life lies ahead of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores, we are curious about its performance. We'll benchmark two products from Palit and MSI to check this out.

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Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores

Palit’s new GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores comes in a large cardboard box with a Battlefield 3 picture on its front.

  

However, the game itself is not included into the box as is explained in the small print. In other words, the Battlefield 3 picture and title are just a marketing trick. The product's accessories are scanty including but a single DVI->D-Sub adapter, a power cable (one 6-pin-> two PATA connectors), a CD with drivers and an installation guide.

The card is manufactured in China and costs about $280 in retail shops.

The Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores looks attractive with its cooler’s stylish plastic casing that borrows some elements from Battlefield 3, too. The reverse side of the PCB is open.

The card measures 228 x 112 x 45 millimeters. It weighs no more than 1 kilo. A gorgeous selection of connectors is offered: two dual-link DVI ports, one HDMI version 1.4a and one DisplayPort.

There is also a vent grid in the card’s mounting bracket. On its PCB, there are two 6-pin power connectors and two MIO connectors for building 2- and 3-way multi-GPU configurations.

 

The Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is declared to have a peak power draw of 219 watts which equals that of the reference GeForce GTX 570. According to Nvidia’s specs, the power draw of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores should be no higher than 210 watts. One may infer that Palit's version has pre-overclocked frequencies, yet this is not the case.

Having unfastened the cooler’s screws, we can take a closer look at the PCB:

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is closer to the GTX 560 Ti rather than to the GTX 570 in its PCB design. The PCB is shorter and simpler, at least in Palit’s implementation, than the GTX 570's. The power system follows the 4+1 formula with 4 phases for the GPU and 1 phase for the graphics memory.

 
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