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Nothing disturbs the summer calm of the GPU market. Neither AMD nor Nvidia finds itself capable of breaking the tradition of not rolling out new solutions during this season, their employees spending their vacations and bonuses they’ve been given for the Cayman, Barts and new GeForces, somewhere by the sea. Not having any new products to show to the customer, graphics card makers try to revamp the old solutions by equipping them with original coolers, pre-overclocking their GPUs and memory, and putting extra stuff into their boxes. Two such products have been provided to us by Inno3D and Leadtek. And we’ve also added two XFX cards, even though they are less original, to this test session.

Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti 1 GB

The Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti comes in a black box with silvery labels and stickers.

The accessories are rather scanty, consisting of a DVI-I adapter, a power cable, a CD with drivers, a user guide and a coupon for downloading and activating StarCraft II.

The graphics card itself is far more exciting, particularly due to its large cooler that covers its entire face side.

It is this original cooling system that constitutes the key feature of the iChill GTX 560 Ti. Take note that it’s going to block not one but two expansion slots on the mainboard (the cooler's height is 63 millimeters). Hopefully, this will be made up for by high cooling performance and low noise. The card is 231 millimeters long.

It has a standard selection of video outputs: two DVI-I and one mini-HDMI connectors. There is a vent grid in the card’s mounting bracket to exhaust the hot air from the cooler.

There are also two 6-pin power connectors and one MIO connector (for 2-way SLI) on the PCB.

 

The cooling system is fastened with four screws around the GPU, so we could easily take it off after scraping the generous amount of thermal interface material off the GPU surface.

There is a heat-spreading aluminum plate on the memory chips and power system components.

As we found out during our tests, this is quite enough to cool the 4-phase power circuit and the GDDR5 memory chips.

 
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