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Gainward GeForce GTX 560 1024MB "Phantom", Gigabyte GV-N56GSO-1GI, Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 560, Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC Graphics Cards

Four different and interesting variants in tests.

August 2, 2011



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Today we shall review a variety of GeForce GTX 560 cards from Gainward, Gigabyte, Inno3D and Leadtek. GTX 560 is a good mid-end solution that has replaced GTX 460, featuring more stream processors and higher clock rates.

Specifications

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 1024MB "Phantom"

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 560 (GF114)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.0 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 822/1644 MHz (the standard is 810/1620 MHz)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1010 (4040) MHz (the standard is 1000 (4000) MHz)
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 336
  • Texture units: 56 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 32
  • Dimensions: 188x112x35 mm
  • Board color: red
  • Output connectors: Dual-Link DVI-I, HDMI, VGA
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Gigabyte GV-N56GSO-1GI

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 560 (GF114)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.0 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 900/1800 MHz (the standard is 810/1620 MHz)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1000 (4000) MHz (standard)
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 336
  • Texture units: 56 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 32
  • Dimensions: 255x137x43 mm
  • Board color: blue
  • Output connectors: 2 x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 560

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 560 (GF114)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.0 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 920/1840 MHz (the standard is 810/1620 MHz)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1025 (4100) MHz (the standard is 1000 (4000) MHz)
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 336
  • Texture units: 56 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 32
  • Dimensions: 210x111x33 mm
  • Board color: blue
  • Output connectors: 2 x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 560 (GF114)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.0 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 850/1700 MHz (the standard is 810/1620 MHz)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1000 (4000) MHz (standard)
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 336
  • Texture units: 56 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 32
  • Dimensions: 210x111x33 mm
  • Board color: black
  • Output connectors: 2 x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Design

Comparison with the reference design, front view

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 1024MB "Phantom" Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Gigabyte GV-N56GSO-1GI Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 560 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Comparison with the reference design, rear view

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 1024MB "Phantom" Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Gigabyte GV-N56GSO-1GI Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 560 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 1024MB "Phantom" really stands out thanks to its custom PCB, which, by the way, is shorter than reference. The power supply unit has also been remade, and the set of interfaces now includes VGA.

Gigabyte GV-N56GSO-1GI is also a custom solution (largely based of reference, though) intended for overclockers. It has an Ultra Durable PCB, with better noise protection and more stability at higher clock rates.

The remaining two cards have reference design with minor changes, but are factory-overclocked.

Maximum resolutions and frequencies:

  • 240 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz max. digital (DVI) resolution
  • 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz max. analog (VGA) resolution

Each of these cards has two 6-pin supplementary power sockets.


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