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KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1024MB, Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI

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Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI

The cooler features a cover with two high-quality, slow fans, a large heatsink with heatpipes that only cools down the core, and a small plate that cools down PSU parts. The cooler is high-quality and almost silent.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1024MB

A similar cooler, but the cover design and the heatsink are different. The fans are also high-quality and slow, so the device is almost silent. And there's one bonus feature for you: each fan has a mounting screw that, when removed, allows you to lift the fans (like a manhole cover) and clean the accumulated dust. Very nice indeed!

Traditionally, we monitored temperatures using the EVGA utility (based on RivaTuner).

Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI

KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1024MB

As you can see, both coolers are very efficient. Although core temperatures are the same, don't forget that Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI is overclocked extremely, so the cooler on it is really great.


A basic bundle should include a user manual, a software CD, and adapters/bridges where applicable. Now let's see what other accessories are bundled with each card.

Unfortunately, we got Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI in an 'OEM package,' i.e. without any accessories or a box.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1024MB

A basic bundle with an HDMI cable and power splitters.


KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1024MB

The card is securely fixed inside the box, so there should be no problems with transportation. As for the box design, see for yourself. That's probably how your brain looks if you play a lot of games.

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