Palit GeForce GTX 560Ti Sonic
Palit's Sonic cards are special because they ship pre-overclocked from the factory and are covered by a warranty
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API supported: DirectX 11
Connections: DVI x2, one D-Sub
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 560Ti
GPU frequency: 900MHz
Interface type: PCI-E
Mainstream users aim to spend approximately US $250 on a new GPU and given that nVidia's only offering in this segment for the last several months has been the GeForce GTX 460, AMD has had the market to itself with its Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 GPUs.
The new nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti is designed for the mainstream market and priced as $339, Palit's Sonic offering is already great value as it is a pre-overclocked card. So whereas a standard GeForce GTX 560 Ti card's GPU, shaders and memory run at 822MHz, 1,644MHz and 4,008MHz respectively, our Palit test sample's components ran at 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 4,200MHz.
Thanks to its pumped up internals the Palit proved a monster. It returned results of 78.6fps, 54.1fps and 46.5fps in our DirectX 11 Heaven v2.0 benchmark at 1,024 x 768, 1,600 x 1,680 x 1,050 and 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. XFX's Radeon HD 6870 HD-687A-ZN (reviewed in our Holiday Special issue) by comparison trailed with figures of 56.7fps, 39.0fps and 34.6fps. If you're looking for mainstream grunt Palit's GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic packs some serious DirectX 11 gaming punch.
Since it ships pre-overclocked Palit has fitted a non-standard dual-slot cooler to its card and despite the fact that the cooling system employs two fans, it was almost inaudible in our test rig even after hours of use.