Looking at the power consumption graph the first thing to catch the eye is just how power hungry the last
generation Nvidia GTX470 was. The GTX560 is a huge improvement over the old design, drawing 72 watts less under
load and also 15 W less when idling. It still can't quite match the efficiency of the AMD cards, with the HD6870
still using a massive 50 W less power and also the more powerful HD6950 using 22 W less.
The extra power consumption always means more heat output, but with the Gainward Phantom edition this just isn't
a huge problem, as despite the high wattage the cooler copes with the heat very quietly. Under load the fans did
ramp up to 1800 RPM, but despite the high RPM still remained quiet and the noise was easily drowned by the CPU
cooler. Inside a case it will be hard to tell if the GPU is loaded at all.
Improvements in efficiency
Takes 3 slots
The competition at the mid-range graphics market is really hard right now, with the AMD HD68- and HD69-series
and last generation Nvidia GTX 4-series cards available for great prices. To do well on the market the GTX 560 Ti
has to be a good card, and it is. The performance is exactly what is should, beating the HD6870 and competing
closely with the HD6950 2 GB. The Gainward Phantom edition makes the card even more tempting with its excellent
cooler and very compact PCB design, which combined make the card ideal for small cases and people looking for a
quiet gaming GPU.
Overall then the Nvidia GTX 560 Ti is a great new competitor to the gaming graphics market and Gainward has
really made the most of it with their Phantom edition.