When we first saw the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified, we were surprised by its size, since it is much bigger than the standard GTX 560 Ti. Although the card has GTX 560 Ti in its name, it has very little in common with the reference GTX 560 Ti and a lot in common with the GTX 570.
The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified is 26.7cm long, whereas most standard GTX 560 Ti cards are about 22.8cm long.
Note that EVGA also launched the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW, which has a shorter PCB (22.8cm). Both cards run at identical speeds.
At a glance, one could easily mistake the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified with EVGA’s GTX 570 DS HD. However, looks can deceive and the GTX 570 has a different cooler, different PCB as well as different configuration of connectors on the I/O panel.
GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified
The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified has two DVIs and one mini HDMI. If you need the standard HDMI, EVGA didn’t forget you and included one in the box. You probably know by now that Nvidia’s architecture allows for using only two video outs at the same time. Just like on the rest of the GTX 500 series cards, you’l find HDMI 1.4a that allows for HD audio and Blu-ray 3D video.
The shroud has plenty of air outlets/inlets.
The fans push air downwards through the heatsink and the outlets allow hot air to exit the card quickly. Unfortunately, almost all the hot air ends up in the case which is why you’ll need adequate in-case cooling.
The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified is not overly hot during intensive operation. In fact, its thermals are lower than the reference GTX 570, despite the fact that its GPU runs at higher clocks. The PCB cutout helps with dissipation, although the GTX 480 used it to improve SLI cooling. The Classified’s cutout isn’t quite necessary though as the card has two fans and plenty of air inlets/outlets.
EVGA used one 6-pin and one 8-pin connector, which once again suggests that it’s the GTX 480’s PCB. Most Nvidia partners used two 6-pin power connectors for the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores, just like the reference GTX 570.
Both fans are connected to one 4-pin power connector, whereas the other cable on the picture below powers the LED lamp on EVGA’s logo on top of the card.
The heatsink is split in two parts connected by heatpipes.
The memory has no heatsink of its own and is cooled by fans only. EVGA uses 6 Phase PWM design for the GPU.
The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores has two SLI connectors and multi-GPU support (maximum of four graphics cards), but cannot be combined with standard GTX 560 Ti, GTX 570 or GTX 580 cards.