With an 850 Mhz core speed and 4104 Mhz memory clocks, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC Video Card really seems to have made a name for itself in this review. Not only is it in the same price bracket as the AMD Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon HD 6870 that we compared it to, in most tests it achieved higher scores than the Radeon HD 6850 and came very close to the results of the Radeon HD 6870 which is no easy task. Even though it has put up the highest load temperature to date in the reviews I have personally done, it also got lowest idle temperature to date as well. Remember, this is on the reference design cooler and that many of the GeForce GTX 560 designs will feature custom designed coolers!
With pretty much the core architecture as the GeForce GTX 460, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC is able to achieve higher clock speeds but is able to do it using less power thanks to the GF 114 Fermi core that was developed for the GTX 560 SC by Nvidia. The one true drawback is the price point of $209.99 with a 3 year warranty is the fact that you can get a full blown Nvidia GTX Ti for around $10.50 more shipped after rebates. EVGA does give you the ability to upgrade to a 5 to 10 year warranty during registration, or even better is their current promotion that gives you a full 10 year warranty if you buy the card in the months of May or June. Not too shabby if you ask me.
At the end of the day this is what we have. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 560 is an evolutionary improvement of the GeForce GTX 560 with all the enhancements and power saving features found on other GeForce 500 series video cards. It’s not one of the most significant video card launches that we have seen in recent months, but we expect this card to do well in the market due to the price point. Right now we think it’s priced too close to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, but in the weeks an months to come the price on the card should decrease or rebates will be offered. With a small size like that it makes the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC not only good for a killer gaming rig but also for a great media PC for your home or office.
The Legit Bottom Line: With an alright price and performance that is on par with higher end AMD cards the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC is a great upgrade for an aging 9800 GT or older card. For around two hundred dollars you can enter the DX11 arena and play newer game at higher resolutions.