Accessories and Design
When it comes to accessories, this card comes with the expected amount of accessories. The included accessories are pretty straight foward. You've got a two CDs with one of them being the included driver disk and the other being the included copy of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
There is also some included literature including a flier that gives you discounts on NVIDIA optimized software. There is also a quick installation guide as well as a generic troubleshooting guide from Zotac.
In terms of hardware accessories, though, Zotac includes the bare minimum in terms of two Molex to 6-pin PCIe graphics card power adapters. They also include the obligatory DVI to VGA adapter as well as a mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter to enable you to connect your HDMI monitor or TV to the graphics card easily.
The card itself, though, is pretty simply designed along the standard Zotac color scheme with a custom cooler design. This card is actually standard length, but Zotac's standard GTX 560 ti is actually a much shorter custom PCB design, and with this longer PCB this card is designed for better performance and better cooling.
If you look at the backplate, you'll notice the two DVI ports as well as the mini-HDMI port, when we installed this card on our bench we did notice that we could not plug in the adapter into the card. This was a result of our bench's IO bracket interfering with the GTX 560's mini-HDMI port.
That aside, the card's fan is a relatively large fan which is extremely capable of cooling the GPU and surrounding memory and VRM as a result of the cooler's design. This design does exhaust some hot air back into the case, but a lot of air still does get pushed out the back due to the orientation and location of the fan.
We also took off the shroud around the heatsink and fan in order to show you what kind of a cooler the Zotac card really has and how much of it is actually cooler since its hard to tell under that shroud. Judging by the design, this cooler appears to be a pretty hefty design with three separate heatpipes which are then dissipated by a series of fan shaped fins. Note that the heatsink is thicker towards the back of the card and longer and wide towards the back.
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