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Review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448

by Parm Mann on 29 November 2011, 14:00 4.0

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Final thoughts and rating

Let's get the obvious out of the way; the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 is a carelessly-branded card. NVIDIA now has three GTX 560 products in the market (four if you count the OEM variant), and while the name suggests that they're all closely matched, they are in fact very different products targeting unique price points.

Yes, it's confusing, and yes, the GTX 560 Ti 448 should have been called the GTX 570 Lite Edition, but besides the name, this is a card that has arrived at the right time, with the right amount of performance, and, quite possibly, the right price tag.

NVIDIA has essentially served up an ageing GF100 core that's missing an SM unit, but while there's no magic in that, it offers consumers the chance to pick up GTX 570-like performance in a card that should cost less. As a limited-run product, there's always a chance of prices creeping too close to GTX 570 territory, but if manufacturing partners get anywhere close to £200, the GTX 560 Ti 448 would represent a solid investment.

Bottom line: We look forward to seeing what other partners can do with this limited-edition GPU, but Gigabyte's derivative is going to be hard to beat. The GV-N560448-13I is well built, quiet in use, ultra-cool and able to deliver excellent 1080p performance.

The Good

Strong 1080p performance across a wide range of games
Excellent build quality
Stays cool under load
Keeps noise levels in check

The Bad

No factory overclock
Confusing name

HEXUS Rating

4/5
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448
(GV-N560448-13I)

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448
(GV-N560448-13I)

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It seems as though launch pricing has this model on the shelves at £263 which would seem to have it's value heading south for the winter with the geese.
Nice to see that, in this time of austerity, price gouging on products that might be in-demand still occurs.
UnixNerd
It seems as though launch pricing has this model on the shelves at £263 which would seem to have it's value heading south for the winter with the geese.


Given the full 570 is cheaper, yes! I expect it'll end up around the £210 mark.

Ooh.. price of the 570 is increasing at some retailers to help, how poor. Used to be £240 or so.
and can be used to cross-reference older reviews.


yay! Thanks guys, I do quite a lot of cross-referencing when I'm recommending hardware, and it's nice to know that you do consider that when running benchmarking tests :) Also nice to see the F@H benchmark in there - I'd be interested to know how your methodology for getting scores.
UnixNerd
It seems as though launch pricing has this model on the shelves at £263 which would seem to have it's value heading south for the winter with the geese.
TechRadar reviewed the Asus version of this over at http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/graphics-cards/asus-gtx-560-ti-448-core-directcu-ii-1044030/review [techradar.com] and didn't seem that impressed - preferring to spend the few pennies extra to get a '570. Although they also make the point that this is just a stop-gap until the next generation (will that be 600 series?) is out next year.

That said, I'm still okay with my Gigabyte 460SOC, (http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/27185-gigabyte-geforce-gtx-460-super-overclock-graphics-card-review/ [hexus.net]), so I'll wait until next year to treat myself - not sure whether to stay loyal to NVidia or give AMD a whirl (got an AMD chipset board so maybe it'd be a better fit). Depends what the Hexus reviews say, (seeing as they were spot on with the 460SOC!).