Thursday, October 27th 2011

Colorful Shows Off The Most Powerful GeForce GTX 560 Ti PCB Featured in iGame Card

Asian graphics card vendor Colorful is at it again with its innovative board designs. This time, the company is after a GeForce GTX 560 Ti (GF114-based) graphics card that boasts of very strong power delivery, and a few mysterious expansion options. Colorful's emphasis has always been on PCB design and choice of high-grade components. This particular card, most likely called the Colorful GTX 560 Ti iGame, is no exception to that. The PCB is particularly long (as much as a GF110-based board).

The additional length is put to use by an innovative arrangement of VRM phases in two rows of four phases. This card employs high-grade chokes with driver-MOSFETs (a component that integrates up/down MOSFETs and driver IC into a single compact package). This 8-phase VRM draws power from three 6-pin power connectors, and can deliver 300W of power to help with record-seeking overclocking feats. There are consolidated voltage measurement points to help manually measure voltages.

The clock speeds of the GPU and memory out of the box are unknown at this point but one can expect them to be pretty high. The card features redundant VGA BIOS loaded into separate EEPROM chips, which can be switched between using a push-switch on the rear-panel. The GF114 GPU is backed by eight Samsung-made 0.4 ns GDDR5 memory chips that are binned to offer the highest overclocking potential.

There are two features on this PCB that are particularly intriguing. On the obverse side, there is what appears to be a mini PCIe slot. We don't know what Colorful plans to use it for, but one can speculate that Colorful could try something similar to Galaxy WHDI, and seat a wireless HD video streaming device there. Moving on to the reverse side, we find another larger slot that looks somewhat like an SO-DIMM slot. We haven't the slightest idea what it could be used for.

All this power demands high-grade cooling, and so Colorful is using a complex heatsink-based cooler. From the GPU base arise 10 heat pipes (arranged in two layers). Five of these bend into a U-shape go to the larger aluminum fin stack with fins stacked parallel to the plane of the motherboard. The other heat pipes pass through a slightly smaller fin stack (over the VRM area), with fins stacked perpendicular to the motherboard's plane. This assembly is ventilated by at least two large (80 mm or more) fans.

As usual, Colorful designs its products for the Asian and European markets.
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42 Comments on Colorful Shows Off The Most Powerful GeForce GTX 560 Ti PCB Featured in iGame Card

#1
micropage7
by: btarunr
8-phase VRM
:eek:
is that too overkill for 560 Ti?
im wondering is 560 Ti really needs 8 phase on it :respect:
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#2
Bo$$
if that was GTX570 it would make more sense
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#3
Damn_Smooth
Kind of senseless, but it looks awesome.
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#4
LDNL
This is just pure insanity. What is the point of this product? If this thing costs more than a 570, is twice as long and consumes more power the facts speak for them selves. Its like a bulldozer; adding additional wheels wont make it go any faster if slow to begin with. A 580 iGame would make much more sense
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#5
stargazer7
this card doesn't consume more power than a 570 at stock. better vrm = / = more power. you can have 4 phases pushing 50w each buck converted, with 8 mosfets. or you can have 8 phases that push 25w with 16 mosfets. it's the same thing. but more vrm MAY result in less electrical noise. this is a top quality card, but i think they may be doing it to clear out their 560 stock. you know with the new gf110 based 560 coming in, they have to come up with better stuff. then once it comes in, they probably will take out the big guns and upgrade those cards with these. that is if you can buy a Colorful card. they are nowhere to be found. i looked at uk stores but only low end Colorful's. they just have been selling in Asia. about time they increase their availability, it'd be great to buy these kinda cards.
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#7
stargazer7
lol... it's for an extreme oc. EVGA also had those for their shitty 590s. given only to oc'ers to solder down. notice the "untouchables" shit at the back of its pcb? i bet this 560 ti is better than their quad 590 hahaha


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#8
D4S4
epic ghetto vrm, right there. ^^^
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#9
pantherx12
Have colorful done any high end cards like this yet?

They seem to like midrange cards for their stupidly over the top designs lol
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#10
TiN
i bet this 560 ti is better than their quad 590 hahaha
Ha-ha, maybe in dreams. Even single not overclocked GTX 580 will kill this 560 without notice :D, no need even to bother on 590. That's epower cards I used is for 1200mhz GPU clocks on both GPUs :D
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#11
stargazer7
by: TiN
Ha-ha, maybe in dreams. Even single not overclocked GTX 580 will kill this 560 without notice :D, no need even to bother on 590. That's epower cards I used is for 1200mhz GPU clocks on both GPUs :D
lol your silly, no wonder why current EVGA products blow. do you honestly think i was serious? this card is built better than anything you can ever HOPE to make.
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#12
DonInKansas
by: btarunr
This particular card, most likely called the Colorful GTX 560 Ti iGame,
Lawsuit from Apple in 3....2...
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#13
xBruce88x
could this be for the announced 448 core GTX560ti? as well as the reg 560ti, or is that what the Gf114 based model is. if so then awesome, too bad it wont be sold in the u.s.
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#14
stargazer7
nah, this is a regular 560. look at it's core, it's rectangle. the GF110 has a square core. the pcb also sort of gives it away from the front. if it was gf110, it probably wouldn't have had that much empty space.
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#15
xBruce88x
ah to bad... soo many GF chip numbers to keep up with
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#17
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: TiN
Ha-ha, maybe in dreams. Even single not overclocked GTX 580 will kill this 560 without notice :D, no need even to bother on 590. That's epower cards I used is for 1200mhz GPU clocks on both GPUs :D
:roll: You cannot deny you do things a bit crazy. I mean really now. I mean, you don't even send ME boards...:laugh:..I know I'm not extreme enough for that. :p



Anyway, these cards are interesting. Quite interesting.;) Too bad they won't be sold up here.
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#18
stargazer7
by: cadaveca
:roll: You cannot deny you do things a bit crazy. I mean really now. I mean, you don't even send ME boards...:laugh:..I know I'm not extreme enough for that. :p.
i think if you had EVGA stuff, they would have sent it. but with AMD hardware... going to be hard. :D
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#19
badtaylorx
wow,,,i see alot of disrespect for the gf 104/114 here!!! best and most underrated nvidia chip of all time!!!

doubt it at your own peril....just ask yourself one question.....why only one sli finger???
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#20
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: stargazer7
i think if you had EVGA stuff, they would have sent it. but with AMD hardware... going to be hard. :D
The majority of my reviews so far have been Intel-based products. Personally, I use Intel products in my own rigs. It's not what you think, at all. I have a CPU for EVERY Intel socket, and AMD socket, if not multiples.

i'm just not on their radar is all. Something I need to work on, I guess.
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#21
stargazer7
by: cadaveca
The majority of my reviews so far have been Intel-based products. Personally, I use Intel products in my own rigs. It's not what you think, at all. I have a CPU for EVERY Intel socket, and AMD socket, if not multiples.

i'm just not on their radar is all. Something I need to work on, I guess.
it's not you thats on your radar honestly. this site has never gotten a single EVGA hardware in its lifetime. wonder why? ATI tool, amd...? thats why they wont provide you. EVGA is the premium of nvidia. they have to do what they tell them to do. so an amd based site wont get EVGA hardware
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#22
cadaveca
My name is Dave
I wasn't aware that TPU was AMD-based. This is news to me. I'm personally very near to independant here. ATiTool has discontinued a long time ago now. Now it's GPU-Z, which is technically very much agnostic.

And that's fine, if they want to stay nV-centric. The way you put it clearly shows thier bias, which has NOTHING to do with me. ;) That's good, though, as it makes sense.

I will say, notice the lack of a Bulldozer launch review here @ TPU, and notice a lack of me using Bulldozer in my own board reviews. I have no personal relationship with AMD, and on here, might just be their largest critic. AMD has refused to send me samples, and I assume it's because I am so critical of them, otherwise you statement above makes ZERO sense. If it was as you say, truly, I'd have new AMD chips, no?

So yeah, I am not on THEIR radar, and my own radar works perfectly, thanks.
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#23
stargazer7
no, yes. thats what i meant. you arent the point here. i was referring to EVGA GPUs, boards, as a whole... they used to be a cream of the pie brand. and certainly a site like say Rage3D wouldnt get EVGA stuff. its between them, not you. :)
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#24
popswala
That card is pretty impressive. I like that cooler. Be nice if they made that as an aftermarket for GTX 4xx-5xx. I'm not to familiar with colorful tho.
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#25
Steven B
i don't get the point of such power on a 560
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