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Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic 1GB
Date 26th January 2011
Author DiGiTaL MoNkEY
Editor James "Agg" Rolfe
Manufacturer Palit


To kick off 2011 NVIDIA are introducing a new GeForce GPU called the GTX 560 Ti (the Ti stands for titanium) to join the ever-growing list of 500-series video cards. Based on the architecture and manufacturing process tweaks found in previous GTX 580 and 570 GPU's, NVIDIA were able to significantly increase clocks while reducing leakage, meanwhile advancing the GPU’s performance even further by equipping the GTX 560 Ti with more CUDA Cores (384), and eight PolyMorph Engines maintaining their incredible tessellation performance found in previous cards.

The first GeForce GTX 560 Ti to come across our test bench is from the Palit group. Not happy with a simple reference design with a pretty sticker, they move straight to a vibrantly coloured custom cooling solution with amped up core and memory clock speeds. So how does a GTX 560 Ti perform? And what does Palit bring to the table with this Sonic edition? Let's get started and find out!


Palit's GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic measures in at approximately 203 millimetres in length (8 inches) including the plastic shroud, and requires a minimum of 500W or greater system power supply. Cooling is provided by a custom dual fan design, this combined with a triple heat pipe and aluminium fin array allows for efficient heat transfer from the graphics processor core. No extra cooling is present for the memory chips.

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As with the majority of mainstream NVIDIA graphics cards it features support for NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology, 3D Vision, 3D Vision Surround (two cards required), CUDA technology, PhysX acceleration and Microsoft DirectX 11 game support, as well as a variety of video enhancement technologies under the NVIDIA PureVideo HD umbrella. More information about these technologies can be found here.

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Inside the box we find a quick install manual, graphics card software and driver DVD, along with a dual Molex to 6-pin PCI-Express power adapter. Just the bare essentials required to get you up and running, nothing unusual or over the top in the package.

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Palit's GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic has moved away from the basic NVIDIA reference designed GTX 560 Ti. The first change was the mini-HDMI connector in favour of a full-sized HDMI, plus the addition of a VGA connection. Two DVI connectors are present as with the reference design. Bitstreaming support for both Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio are present like the GTX 460.

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On the edge of the card we find a single SLI connector; due to the mainstream nature of this card NVIDIA has limited its scaling abilities to two cards. Only the GTX 465, 470, 480, 570 and 580 allow for more than two cards in SLI.

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At the top of the card there are a pair of PCI-Express 6-pin power connectors, which is a pretty standard configuration for a GTX 560 Ti video card, not straying from the NVIDIA reference design.

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The Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic features Samsung K4G10325FE-HC04 GDDR5 memory specified to run at 1250 MHz (5000 MHz GDDR5 effective).

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