My opinion on graphics card choices for a new build is very simple. Always buy one generation behind. The way I see it is this: a graphics card which has been on the market for over 6 months has had the most software updates addressing performance with more games. Given that viewpoint you can see why I absolutely appreciate what PNY has done with the GTX 560Ti. From its packaging, the look of the actual device to the performance, PNY has created a GPU that plays nice with DX11 games and holds its own against two 400series GPUs in SLI configuration.
I can't say enough about how I appreciate thoughtful packaging from a device manufacturer. The packaging for this device is sturdy but still, it does not require the use of a sharp edge to open the plastic packaging of the graphics card itself, eliminating the possibility of damage to the device during unboxing.
From the onset this card looks like a top of the line contender. The gold XLR8 signature on the black body lends it an artistic look. However, measuring 8.25" x 4.25" x 1.5" you would need a sizeable case for this device. Most of the size can be attributed to the sizeable cooling fan. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has bought a mid to high level GPU within the last 2 years.
PNY's GTX 560Ti enthusiast edition packs a punch for a sub 300USD graphics card, holding its own against two GTX 470 in SLI mode. Although the two cards in SLI configuration scored higher than the GTX 560Ti, the difference in 3DMark scores was immaterial. During in-game testing with Batman Arkham City, the card delivers on its direct 11 promises. There was no noticeable slowdown at max system settings, during game play or cut scenes.
The GTX 560Ti delivers the performance which it promises. If you are looking for an affordable card as an upgrade or for a new gaming rig, you can't go wrong with card.
Texture Fill Rate
Memory Data Rate, effective
Power & Thermal
170W - Active
DVI, DVI, and HDMI mini
PCI Express® 2.0
Full Microsoft DirectX 11 support
NVIDIA CUDA™ technology support
DirectCompute 5.0 Support
NVIDIA PhysX™ technology
NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready1
NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology2
OpenGL 4.1 support
Minimum System Requirements
PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard with one dual-width x16 graphics slot
Two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors
A minimum 500W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 30A)4
Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP class processor or higher
200MB of available hard disk space
2GB system memory (4GB recommended)
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 Operating System (32 or 64-bit)
DVD-ROM drive for installation
DVI or HDMI or VGA compatible monitor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Graphics Card
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD, which includes:
- Detailed Installation Guide
- NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
- PhysX System Software
- 3DVision Software
One DVI-to-VGA adapter
One Mini HDMI-to-HDMI adapter
One 6-pin PCIe to Molex power adapter