Our sample of the Inno3D card has an Nvidia GF114-400 revision A1 processor manufactured on the 9th week of this year.
Covered with a heat-spreader, the graphics die has a size of 332 sq. mm and incorporates 384 unified shader processors, 64 texture-mapping units, and 32 raster operators. The reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti has GPU clock rates of 822/1645 MHz but the Inno3D version is clocked at 930/1860 MHz and has an increased GPU voltage of 1.0 volts. In fact, this is one of the fastest GeForce GTX 560 Ti available. The card lowers its GPU clock rates to 51/101 MHz and voltage to 0.95 volts in 2D mode.
There is 1 gigabyte of GDDR5 memory in FCFBGA chips on the face side of the PCB.
These K4G10325FE-HC04 chips are manufactured by Samsung and have an access time of 0.4 nanoseconds, which means a rated frequency of 5000 MHz. Despite this, the Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti has a memory clock rate of 4200 MHz (but the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti has a memory clock rate of only 4008 MHz). It is reduced to 270 MHz in 2D mode. The memory bus is 256 bits wide.
Thus, the Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti card has the following specs:
Besides the increased frequencies, the Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti can boast an original cooler:
Its heatsink consists of aluminum fins and a copper base with four nickel-plated copper heat pipes.
The whole arrangement is cooled by two 86mm impellers secured within a plastic frame:
Their speed is PWM-controlled automatically within a range of 1200 to 3400 RPM depending on the GPU temperature. Again, this cooler will block two expansion slots on your mainboard. The heat-spreading plate contacts the memory chips and power system components via thermal pads:
Now let’s see how efficient this cooler is. To do this, we use the Aliens vs. Predator (2010) test. We run it five times with maximum graphics quality settings at 1920x1080 with 16x anisotropic filtering. We also fry the card up with the FurMark 1.9.1 stability test at 1920x1080. We use MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 5 and GPU-Z 0.5.4 to monitor the graphics card’s temperatures, frequencies and fan speed. This test is carried out with a closed system case at an ambient temperature of 24°C.
First let’s check out the temperature of the card when running the 3D game, the fans being controlled automatically (left) or working at their full speed (right):
The massive cooler installed on the Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti does its job spectacularly well. Despite the increased frequency, the GPU is no hotter than 74°C whereas the speed of the fans is no higher than 1480 RPM. At the maximum speed of the fans, which is hardly really necessary, the GPU is only 65°C hot.
Interestingly, the GPU was only 80°C hot and the fans worked at 1650 RPM even when running FurMark.
Unfortunately, the Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti wasn’t good in terms of overclocking. They must have squeezed everything possible out of the GPU back at the factory, so our sample of the card was unstable after our increasing its GPU clock rate by 10 MHz even at a voltage of 1.05 volts. The memory chips could be overclocked from the default 4200 MHz to 4560 MHz, which is far from beating any records.