Conclusions and Final Thoughts
The performance on EVGA’s new GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win is actually pretty impressive and more than lived up to the claim of being 30% faster than the GTX 580 reference card from EVGA. In my testing, only our Civilization V game showed less impressive results but likely due to a more CPU-limited engine than most titles. Metro 2033, Lost Planet 2 and Bad Company 2 showed that when a game really takes advantage of multi-GPU scaling, the added GPU computing power of 768 CUDA cores on the dual GTX 560 Ti GPUs versus the 512 on the GTX 580 card can really shine.
Also, just for fun, go look at our GeForce GTX 590 3GB card review and you’ll find that in most cases, the new EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2Win is competing in similar performance levels but for $200 less!
What might concern you is our results in Battlefield 3 – even though the performance was better the *experience* in the game wasn’t as good as the single GPU GTX 580. This is not a previously unseen result for multi-GPU solutions though it is less common than it used to be. Sometimes, due to game engine issues or driver issues, two GPUs can produce an experience that is less than ideal. That is why in some cases you have seen us recommend a single GPU card versus dual-card solutions when performance is equal. However, in this case, with a 30% performance BOOST for the GTX 560 Ti 2Win 2GB compared to the GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB card, we would be more likely to lean towards the multi-GPU solution and await the inevitable software fix.
Besides the normal features of all NVIDIA GPUs like support for 3D Vision technology and PhysX (being revitalized with the upcoming Batman: Arkham City game), the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win offers support for NVIDIA Surround multi-monitor gaming on a single card as well as 3D Vision Surround. Even if you don’t want to do multiple display gaming you will likely find a way to utilize three or four monitors for daily usage – something you can’t get on many other NVIDIA graphics solutions.
Pricing and Availability
The EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2Win is coming in just over the price of the GTX 580 (by about 8%) though performance tends to be 25-30% faster. Seems like a good deal, right? Let’s see that pricing tree again:
- EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2Win 2GB – $519
- GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB – $489
- GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB SLI – $480
- Radeon HD 6970 2GB – $350
Compared directly to the GTX 580, the EVGA card seems like a pretty good deal. The only concern might be for users that are comfortable with SLI configurations as you can get a pair of the GTX 560 Ti single GPU cards for about $40 less than the EVGA multi-GPU card. And considering you can’t expand the 2Win model with further upgrades anyway, it might be a debate worth having.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win card is another unique addition to the graphics card market thanks to the clever and risk-taking people at EVGA. At PC Perspective we are always fans of products that push the status quo forward – we hate stagnation and that is something the graphics market has seemed for the past 6 months or so. Even better, EVGA didn’t create a product that only a thousand people will get or that costs $1500; instead the $520 dual-GTX 560 Ti card actually appears to be reasonably priced and offers advantages over current competition solutions in the same price segments. It isn’t all roses as any time you move from one GPU to a pair of them for your game rendering it introduces some additional potential headache, but for the most part I came away completely impressed with a card competing in performance with the GTX 590 at about $200 lower cost. See, it really is a win.