According to statistics from Steam, sub-$200 graphics cards from the value and mainstream segments are currently the most popular products among computer users. Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 demonstrates the best growth dynamics of all graphics cards supporting DirectX 11 API. While this product was launched only in May, its sales volumes have already exceeded those of its direct competitors on AMD processors and have reached almost twice the sales volume of GeForce GTX 570, which came out about 6 months earlier and offers higher performance at higher price.
GeForce GTX 560 owes its growing popularity not only to an appealing combination of price and performance, but also to the fact that Nvidia didn’t regulate specifically the parameters of the GTX 560 graphics cards having established a frequency range for the GPU and memory. Moreover, it turned out that there were simply no reference GeForce GTX 560 based graphics cards at all and the manufacturers were free to design and introduce their own PCB layouts with unique features. As a result, we saw a lot of proprietary solutions which stood out not only due to the number of active phases in their GPU and memory VRM circuitry or clock frequencies, but also due to their unique cooling systems, which makes GeForce GTX 560 even more appealing for the end-users.
Today we are going to talk about three graphics cards like that. They are EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1 GB Superclocked, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1 GB Ultra Durable (GV-N56GOC-1GI) and MSI GeForce N560GTX 1 GB Twin Frozr II-OC.
Package and Accessories
All three graphics cards come in packages of constructively the same design: they all have an exterior slip-on cover and an internal box made of thick heavy cardboard. Gigabyte’s product boasts the largest and most colorful packaging of the three:
At the same time, despite their smaller size, EVGA’s and MSI’s packaging is just as informative as Gigabyte’s. They provide all necessary information about the peculiarities of the products, bundled accessories and system requirements. I would also like to add that all graphics cards are very securely packed, so they will survive most transportation challenges without any problems.
The accessories bundled with all three GeForce GTX 560 models are very similar. Each card comes with two additional power cables, one DVI-to-VGA adapter, one miniHDMI-to-HDMI adapter, a CD disk with drivers and utilities, manuals and promotional marketing materials:
Besides the EVGA graphics card also has a company logo sticker, the MSI card – a coupon for free download and activation of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game. None of the three tested products have any SLI bridges included with the accessories. EVGA and MSI graphics cards are made in China, and the Gigabyte card – in Taiwan. All graphics cards come with three-year warranty.