EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win Video Card ReviewThu, Jan 05, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win is a very interesting dual-GPU creation that performed really well in the benchmarks. We enjoy looking at custom cards like this and seeing what you can do when you think outside of the box. The card placed third in our performance benchmarks just behind the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 and the AMD Radeon HD 6990 OC. Not bad as it also costs less than both of those solutions and uses less power to boot. The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win dominated the both of the overclocked GeForce GTX 580 video cards that we compared it to. This is an enthusiast class graphics card that is designed for gaming performance!
All this performance does come at a cost though and this time around it will set you back $519.99 shipped and is backed by a 3-year warranty. When you have $500+ to spend on a graphics card you have a number of options than you can do. One thing that you can do is buy a pair of GeForce GTX 560 Ti video cards and just SLI them together. We found that a pair of EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti video cards are $229.99 shipped after rebate, which makes a pair of them $459.98 shipped. These cards have a core clock of 900MHz and a limited lifetime warranty.
So, would you rather run two cards with faster clock speeds and a lifetime warranty for $60 less or would you rather run a single card like the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win? That is a choice that you have to make. One scenario where the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win really shines is on Micro-ATX or similar boards where there is just a single PCIe x16 graphics card slot. You really don’t have too many options to run NVIDIA Surround or four display panels and this card allows you to do just that. It will also run on motherboards that do not officially support SLI as the card uses the NF200 bridge chip and SLI is enabled on the card already.
We did run into some NVIDIA SLI issues with the Intel X79 platform, but those appear to be sorted for the most part with the latest GeForce 290.53 driver release. NVIDIA says that they will include SLI support for this card from now on for the Intel X79 platform. The overclocking issue that we ran into was unfortunate, but should be a reminder to everyone that overclocking can cause component failure and is risky business. This card is fast enough without overclocking, but if you really want to push it to the limits we suggest doing so without increasing the voltage. You saw what happened to us!
While there were some hiccups along the way we really like the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win. It fills the performance gap between the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 and GeForce GTX 580 and does it for a lower price depending on what version of the cards you are looking at. This card also performed better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970, which has a suggested retail price of $550.
The Legit Bottom Line: The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win proved to be a front runner in the performance benchmarks, but you’ll be paying more than what a pair of EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards cost to run in SLI and have a shorter warranty.