MSI Power Edition and EVGA Classified Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Power Edition
While both companies are going to be offering "standard" versions of the GTX 560 Ti 448 core card, we were sent the higher end offering from each. The MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Power Edition has the advantage of using the MSI Twin Frozr III cooling solution that was able to keep the GPU running at 57C even under a full load!
The MSI version runs at a clock speed of 750 MHz core – just a modest boost over the 732 MHz reference. The key here though is that with a great cooler this GPU should offering very high overclocks – up to 950 MHz if MSI is to be believed.
If you have seen any of our MSI graphics card reviews recently the design of the cooler on the GTX 560 Ti 448 will look very familiar. The card is noticeably heavier than the EVGA model below and the dual fans are able to push a good amount of air with below average noise levels.
The back of the MSI card doesn’t reveal much but does show us the pair of SLI connections.
Interestingly, while the GTX 560 Ti does NOT support 3-Way SLI, the new GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores will in fact do so as evident by the pair of SLI connections on the card.
The MSI model includes a pair of 6-pin ATX power connections keeping it in line with the GTX 570 as well as the GTX 560 Ti.
The connection configuration on the card includes a pair of dual-link DVI outputs and a mini-HDMI port for getting Skyrim on that big screen TV of yours.
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Classified
EVGA actually had its Classified board to me before the MSI card showed up but due to some complications with the EVGA card (that were all solved on the software side of things on my testing machine) our benchmarks use the MSI version initially.
The EVGA Classified uses a custom cooler as well that includes a dual fan design that is just barely louder than the MSI card.
EVGA’s card runs at a higher clock speed though – 797 MHz – which is a decent 8.8% boost in speed. The memory clocks on the EVGA and MSI cards see a very small overclock to 975 MHz over the 950 MHz reference speed.
Primed for overclocking, the EVGA model we have in house actually has a 6-pin as well as an 8-pin ATX power connection to provide a bit more power to the card when it needs it.
The connection configuration is the same – dual dual-link DVI ports and a mini HDMI connection.
Now, let’s see how the pricing on these cards stacks up with the currently existing parts and what matchups we want to keep an eye on!