EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked
First goes the GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked card from EVGA. It is shipped in a rather small box.
EVGA is not into artistic experiments when it comes to product packaging design. So, like the rest of the company’s products, this one is packed into a box designed in a restrained and even rather elitist way. The yellow color denotes a GF114-based product while the SC sticker informs us that this is a pre-overclocked graphics card. As usual, there is a small window in the back of the box for you to be able to see the card's PCB with serial number.
Inside the box there is a cardboard tray with cover. That's not as good protection as polyurethane foam, but anyway. The card is additionally fixed in place with a foam-rubber bar. It comes with the following set of accessories:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- Mini-HDMI → HDMI adapter;
- Two 2x4-pin PATA → 1x6-pin PCIe adapters;
- User manual;
- Brief installation guide;
- CD disk with drivers and utilities;
- A flyer with power connection tips;
- EVGA logo sticker;
- EVGA poster.
The poster looks rather gloomy, depicting a Terminator or something. Young gamers are going to like it. If you hang it on the outside of your room door, it may demoralize your old-fashioned parents quite effectively.
The accessories are up to the price category of GeForce GTX 560 Ti. There is everything you want to use the card normally. As for free games, graphics card makers don't usually include them with their products nowadays.
EVGA does not design custom PCBs for its graphics cards, which may be an indication of insufficient R&D resources. Whatever the reason, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti SC is a copy of Nvidia's reference sample.
The single difference we can see is the EVGA sticker on the cooler casing. We won’t take the device apart to examine it closely because we studied and described the reference PCB in detail in our very first GeForce GTX 560 Ti review.
The card is rather long. It also has power connectors at its shorter edge, so you may have problems installing it into a small system case. The GPU voltage regulator has four phases which is quite enough to power a GF114 chip even when it’s working at an overclocked frequency.
The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is usually equipped with Samsung Semiconductor's memory which is rated for 1250 (5000) MHz but works at a much lower clock rate. The memory frequency of the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti is 1002 (4008) MHz but the EVGA card clocks its memory at 1053 (4212) MHz.
The GPU incorporates 384 ALUs, 64 texture-mapping units, and 32 raster operators. The GPU frequency is pre-overclocked from the reference card’s 823/1645 MHz to 900/1800 MHz. The card lowers the GPU clock rate to 405/810 MHz when decoding HD video and to 51/101 MHz in 2D applications to save power.
The standard connectivity options offered by a GeForce GTX 560 Ti include a couple of DVI-I ports, a mini-HDMI and a MIO connector for building SLI configurations. You have to join two such cards in SLI mode in order to use more than two monitors simultaneously.
As opposed to top-end GeForce series products, the GTX 560 Ti model does not have an evaporation chamber although the latter proved its efficiency in cooling GeForce GTX 580s and 570s.
Instead, Nvidia’s reference cooler for this graphics card features as many as three heatsinks. The central round heatsink resembles Intel's boxed coolers and has dual fins. Its copper base is connected to the additional circular heatsinks by means of heat pipes. The cooler’s aluminum base also serves as a heat-spreader for the memory chips and power circuit components. This solution is quite effective but we are yet to see how it will cope with an overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti.