Gigabyte GTX 560 SuperOverclock
We were suitably impressed by the release of the Nvidia GTX 560 Ti not long ago, as it packed some excellent horsepower and overclocking prowess, beating the AMD cards in the mid-range market segment. We didn’t expect the too much from the GTX 560, expecting it to be a neutered version. As it turns out, we came away pleasantly surprised at the performance.
In terms of performance, we saw the Gigabyte GTX 560 SOC easily beat the Radeon 6870 in just about every facet. Perhaps more significant is the fact that the factory overclock here essentially makes it equal to the GTX 560 Ti, and finishing slightly ahead in several games, in fact. And considering this Gigabyte costs about $35 less, that is a very compelling product.
However, the great performance and price is tempered by the high load temperatures we noted in our testing. The fans run virtually silent, and as we expected, the lower RPMs and thin blade design don’t appear to be able to cope very well. On the upside, however, you could manually increase the fan speed without much additional noise, and this should improve the temperatures.
The Pure Point: Fantastic gaming value, but the Gigabyte GTX 560 SOC heatsink struggles with high load temperatures.