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EVGA GTX 560 Ti DS review

EVGA have pushed up the clocks on the stock GTX 580 - but can you push it further?

Our Verdict

For

  • Decent overclock provided over stock card
  • Good further overclocking potential
  • Great third-party cooler

Against

  • Price too close to HD 6950
  • Another GTX 560 Ti

We'll come right out and say it – there are too many 1GB GTX 560 Ti cards on the market. EVGA is the major culprit, producing an astounding five slightly different takes on Nvidia's reference card.

This, the GTX 580 Ti DS edition, comes overclocked to 900MHz to the reference card's 882MHz, and two cooling fans to trump just one on the original model.

The memory's been cranked up 200MHz or so in this 'super overclocked' edition too, but for the majority of people this card's aimed at, it's not so much the clock speeds EVGA has set that matters, it's what's possible to achieve by tweaking it yourself.

It's not just the fans that bolster this particular GTX 560 Ti's overclocking potential. Under the unusually stylish outer case lie three heatpipes, as well as heatsinks for the memory and voltage regulator. That amounts to clock settings that teetered around the 1,000MHz mark in our test rig, with the shaders operating at 2,000MHz. Bonkers, no?

Even if you're happy with the ready-baked overclock that EVGA has supplied, you're looking at an extra 5-10 frames per second in games like DiRT 3 and Shogun 2 over the stock card.

Our chief concern is that at £190, this is a GTX 560 Ti in AMD HD 6950 territory. In short, the 6950's a superior card out of the box, and if you can still flash the 6970 BIOS onto it, it overclocks better than any other.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 560 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 500
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameEVGA
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111.2 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length228.6 mm
ManufacturerEVGA Corporation
Memory Speed4212 MHz
Product Model01G-P3-1567-KR
Product NameGeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked
Manufacturer Part Number01G-P3-1567-KR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.evga.com
Marketing Information

Introducing the latest in high performance graphics accelerators, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti. This card allows you to discover incredibly detailed DirectX 11 worlds with tessellation performance that destroys the competition. Not to mention it also offers general performance increases of over 3x the performance of previous generations. It's isn't just all about speed though, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti gives you NVIDIA Surround, 3D Vision, PhysX, SLI and more.

Package Contents
  • GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked Graphics Card
  • 1 x Mini-HDMI to HDMI Adapter
  • 1 x DVI to VGA Adapter
  • 2 x 6 pin PCI-E Power Cable
  • User Guide
  • Disc
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)907.2 g
API SupportedOpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11.0, DirectCompute 5.0, OpenCL