When the GTX 460 came out last year with the GF104 chipset, it quickly rose to the top in the value for money charts and its performance stood out from the rest of the Fermi chipsets – mainly because the GF100s were hot, power-hungry beasts and not many people were keen on getting one for their rig. The GTX 460 was a different ballgame though, it brought to the table a fantastic mid-range card that overclocked very well, so NVIDIA managed to avoid a complete washout in a generation which saw the ATi cards take over.
The ZOTAC GTX 560 Ti
ZOTAC have used their GTX 460 cooler on the 560 too, with minor tweaks to the design. Their black and orange colour scheme returns, which makes it easily identifiable as a ZOTAC card and also looks pretty decent. There are also a few mesh-like vents which should facilitate some decent airflow. The ASUS on the other hand uses a dual-fan design and combined with the black and red colour scheme, looks menacing and very cool. Contrasting with the ZOTAC is the much more open design, with the side and top of the card having gaps. This card is built for overclocking, so the emphasis on airflow is not surprising. Both cards are left open at the back.
The ASUS DirectCU II GTX 560 Ti TOP
While the ZOTAC has two DVI-D ports, a DisplayPort and an HDMI 1.4a port, the ASUS has a mini-HDMI port and two DVI-D ports. Both cards do, however, need two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors.
Variation in ports!
Packaging is pretty standard fare for both companies. They follow their tried and tested patterns, but ASUS caught my eye with the big logo that says 900MHz on their cover, making it easily recognizable as a factory overclocked SKU. Bundled stuff for both include the pretty standard converters – mini to full HDMI, Molex to PCI-E power and DVI-VGA. ZOTAC have bundled Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood with their card though, which is a rather cool freebie to give away, because it’s a pretty good game.
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