Gigabyte GTX560Ti 448 Core Review
The current generation of graphics cards has been dominated by nVidia after a couple of generations owned by ATI. The GTX580 easily holds the extreme performance crown, the GTX570 is the best performing high end card, and the GTX560Ti can rock hard in the tightly contested middle-range sector of the marketplace.
Indeed it's the GTX560Ti that is one of our favourite cards. It's exceptional value for money, even in bog standard form, and the performance increases from overclocking are very good indeed.
Of course all GPUs are limited to some degree by their architecture. No matter how high the frequency of the GPU Core can be set eventually the lack of Cores becomes the limiting factor.
Enter the nVidia GTX560Ti with 448 Cores. Yes that is its official name and if ever a product name was 'exactly what it says on the tin', then this is it. It's a GTX560Ti, but with 448 Cores. It is designed to fit directly between the GTX560Ti and GTX570.
This isn't a permanent upgrade to the GTX560Ti, nor a permanent card squeezed into the middle of the nVidia line-up, but rather a special edition released to coincide with a couple of Triple-A titles, namely Battlefield 3, and Batman Arkham City. This goes a long way to explaining why it hasn't received the GTX565 moniker.
In keeping with its positioning as 'better than a stock GTX560Ti but not as good as the GTX570' the GTX560Ti with 448 Cores gains a lot of extra cores, but loses a little in the default core speed. The other big change is that the GTX560Ti has the full GF110 as found in the GTX570 and GTX580, rather than the GF114 we find in the original GTX560Ti.