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Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic review

A little card with a lot to offer

Our Verdict

For just a little more than the price of the vanilla GTX 560 Ti the Palit Sonic edition represents good value and excellent performance. That said for another tenner you can pick up a Radeon HD 6950 that's ripe for a good ol' flashing.

For

  • Perfectly formed
  • Good price
  • Improved performance

Against

  • HD 6950 and AMP! are faster

Affordable and factory overclocked, Palit's GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic could be the ideal iteration of Nvidia's latest mid-range Fermi.

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti caused a bit of a stir last month when it first hit our test benches. We were, and still are, fans of the GTX 460 and were hoping for more of the same graphical goodness in this next generation.

Unfortunately though it doesn't hold as special a place in our heart as the GTX 460 though, but that's actually nothing to do with the card itself. It's still a speedy little daemon, and it's still coming in at the price/performance sweetspot of £200.

The issue here is that the market has moved onwards since the inception of the GTX 460, or more specifically the competition has moved on.

There was nothing to touch the original mid-range Fermi when it came out, only Nvidia cards were competing. Now the spectre of the Radeon HD 6950, with its dual-BIOS, almost risk-free, unlocking, looms large over the field.

One thing the GF 114 GPU can do though is overclock, and is another factory-assured overclocked card to give that chip a shot in the arm.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 560 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 500
Brand NamePalit
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
Number of VGA Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height112 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length188 mm
ManufacturerPalit
Memory Speed2100 MHz
Product ModelNE5X56TS1102
Product NameNE5X56TS1102 GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberNE5X56TS1102
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.palit.biz
Marketing Information

Palit GeForce GTX560 Ti Sonic featuring blistering gaming performance that is 9% faster than non-OCed in DX10 and 4% in DX11, moreover, 32% faster than competition in the hottest title Lost Planet 2 and 19% higher in Far Cry 2. Combining the premium GTX gaming technologies such as NVIDIA Surround, 3D Vision, PhysX and SLI technology, Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic is the top choice for enthusiast gamers!

API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenCL, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 5.0