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Asus GTX 560 Ti 448 Core DirectCU II review

An early graphical Christmas pressie from Nvidia and Asus

Our Verdict

A cooling masterclass by Asus, but the real GTX 570 can be picked up for around £260-odd.

For

  • Almost a GTX 570
  • Performs well at high-resolutions
  • Overclocks brilliantly

Against

  • Rather large
  • Limited shelf-life
  • Around the same price as a real GTX 570

Asus is the first company to get this limited edition GTX 560 Ti 448 Core graphics card onto our testbench.

Now the dreaded limited edition tag has been handed to graphics cards many times over the years and generally it doesn't make for good things.

Most of the time, in the GPU world, it means a graphics card being thrown out to see how many of the general public will take the bait and pick up a hobbled version of a decent card.

Recent history has seen the fantastic GTX 460 getting that treatment with the GTX 460 SE in the November of 2010.

At a time when the GTX 460 was in great demand this slightly cheaper, weaker card hit the distributors and I'll wager a great many missed the SE tag in the name and simply thought they were getting a bargain.

They weren't.

Nvidia though, and by extension graphics card manufacturers like Asus, haven't taken the same route this time. The GTX 560 Ti 448 Core is not a hobbled version, in fact it's quite the contrary.

This new version of the GTX 560 Ti is a far superior beast than it's older sibling.


So what makes it so much better?

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 560 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 500
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameAsus
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
DVIYes
Number of DVI Outputs2
Height111.8 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Length228.6 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Memory Speed4200 MHz
Product ModelENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5
Product NameENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP overclocked Graphics Card
Processor Speed900 MHz
Manufacturer Part Number90-C1CQA0-L0UAY0YZ
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

With the demand of current applications and software, the addition of a graphics card can help improve the computing process and application time.

Package Contents
  • ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP overclocked Graphics Card
  • 2 x Power Cable
  • 1 x DVI to D-Sub Adaptor
  • 1 x Mini HDMI to HDMI Adaptor
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1