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Manli GTX560 1GB DDR5, Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum Graphics Cards

One standard and one nicely overclocked.

September 21, 2011



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While GeForce GTX 560 Ti may be a bit too expensive for its performance, its junior counterpart GeForce GTX 560 is priced much better while being based on the same GPU with some stream processors disabled. Such cards are especially good when they are factory-overclocked and have custom coolers. Today we shall review just a couple of these, made by Palit and Manli. Both companies started as "noname" brands, but Palit advertised so actively that it became one the most selling brands and the quality of their cards really improved. Manli also made a name for themselves but the brand isn't as recognizable, because marketing is more moderate. Their cards are quite good nevertheless.

Specifications

Manli GTX560 1GB DDR5

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 560 (GF114)
  • Interface: PCIe 2.0 x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/shaders): 810/1620 MHz (standard)
  • 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 DVI-I, Mini HDMI
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum

  • 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): 1050 (4200) MHz (the standard is 1000 (4000) MHz)
  • Memory bus: 256-bit
  • Stream processors: 336
  • Texture units: 56 (BLF/TLF/ANIS)
  • ROP units: 32
  • Dimensions: 188x112x33 mm
  • Board color: red
  • Output connectors: Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, VGA
  • Multi-GPU mode: hardware SLI

Design

Comparison with the reference design, front view

Manli GTX560 1GB DDR5 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Comparison with the reference design, rear view

Manli GTX560 1GB DDR5 Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum Reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

The customized Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum stands out (and it does resemble Gainward's counterpart). The card is smaller, has an improved power supply and different output interfaces, including VGA and HDMI instead of Mini HDMI.

Manli GTX560 1GB DDR5 is a copy of the reference design with minimal changes.

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 card has two 6-pin supplementary power sockets.


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