We received word from Jacob Freeman of EVGA fame that the company introduced a new product today. Called GTX 560 Ti 2Win, this graphics card puts two GF114 GPU chips on a single board. This "hardware SLI" is created using the same approach as with NVIDIA reference dual-GPU cards such as 9800GX2, GTX 295 or the contemporary GTX 590.
What are we interested the most is to see how would this product compare to GeForce GTX 590. While mentioning that this part is "30% faster than GTX 580", we’re more interested in just how many percentage points the GTX 560 2Win is lagging behind GTX 590, which is equipped with two GTX 580 chips (GF110), but at a significantly reduced clock (two GTX 580s in SLI wipe the floor vs. a single GTX 590).
For comparison, EVGA clocked GTX 560 2Win at 850MHz for the GF114 core, while 768 cores tick at 1.7GHz. Two Gigabytes of video memory are ticking at 1GHz QDR i.e. 4008 "effective MHz", achieving bandwidth of 256.6GB/s.
The board supports 3D Vision Surround out of the box
When you compare this to GTX 580, there is naturally a big difference in performance – GTX 580 ticks at 772MHz for the GPU, while the 512 cores tick at 1.54GHz. However, GTX 590 comes in operating at just 607MHz, with 1024 cores operating at mere 1.21GHz. Is 768@1700 faster than 1024@1214?
That question will be addressed in our review.
At the price of $519, this board offers quite the punch – 768 cores, 512-bit memory interface, 2GB of GDDR5 memory and most importantly, support for 3D Vision Surround out of the box. You can also pair this card with another and have a QuadSLI setup for just a little above $1000, much lower than a pair of GTX 590s. The only problem with this card is that it is actually more expensive than two overclocked GTX 560 Ti boards from EVGA. Worse of all, those two boards apart actually have higher memory bandwidth, due to higher memory clock: 262.6GB/s. True, you need an SLI-capable motherboard.