The GTX560 Ti arrived in a green and black retail box with the words "Overclocked" prominently displayed on the front. Around back we find a detailed explanation of several features found on the card in multiple languages. Inside is the card itself, two dual 4-pin Molex connector to 6-pin PCIe adapters, a mini HDMI adapter, VGA to DVI adapter, a user manual and software installation disc.
The GTX560 is built on a black PCB with a large DirectCU II dual 80mm fan cooler. DirectCU means that the cooler is designed with copper heatpipes that directly touch the GPU core for better heat dissipation. This is the same type of design that many heatsink manufacturers use in their latest CPU coolers. ASUS claims that this cooler will speed up heat dissipation by 20%. Additionally, this cooler is designed to expel some heat out of the rear of the case rather than simply dumping it inside the case which will ultimately heat up nearby components like the memory and CPU.
The black PCB is 9" long so it should fit in most mid-tower cases and almost every full tower chassis. Those with a micro ATX system might want to check clearance before ordering, however. Regarding the PCB and components, ASUS is quick to point out their Super Alloy Power technology which they claim gives a 15% performance boost, resulting in 35 C cooler temperatures and a 2.5x longer lifespan.
Continuing the tour of the card, we see there are two DVI connectors and a mini HDMI port at the rear in addition to the vented exhaust slot. An SLI connector sits in the usual spot on top of the card and we can see that two 6-pin PCIe connectors are required in addition to the PCIe slot itself for power. Although it's not entirely visible in the photos, there is a bank of diagnostic LEDs to consult if you run into any power-related issues.
Continue on as we install the GTX560 Ti in our test system.