The Gainward Phantom from sources such as this one http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gainward-gtx-560ti-phantom-40nm-4100mhz-gddr5-gpu-835mhz-shader-1670mhz-384-cores-hdmi-plusfree-
looks to be slightly cheaper than the Palit. The MSI Twin Frozr seems to me to be more of an out and out gamers card, it is more overclocked than the mildly tuned Phantom. Where the Phantom will differ is in its load performance, Gainward very definitely trade higher GPU temps for lower fan speeds and less load noise.
Thanks for the info. I did look over the weekend and the Palit and Gainward cards are within £5 of each other. I’d probably go with the Palit as that was the one I read the review of; it was the cheaper as well which is a bonus.
I looked at the MSI card because it seemingly allows a lot of control over fan speeds via their software. My impression is that I’d be unlikely to get the same low noise level at load even after tweaking the fan speeds. Probably because the fans are inherently noisier rather than the design is weaker but that’s a guess.
I can see two potential issues with the Palit/Gainward cards:
1. Is it possible to tweak the fan speeds at idle so that it is silent in my case? This assumes that it is not silent enough at stock; silence at idle is more important than a light noise under load.
2. Due to the fans being internal if they are too loud they may well be much harder or impossible to easily replace than for cards with fans external to the heatsink.
The other issue with the GTX 560 Ti is that it is not officially supported by Adobe although it will work. The GTX 570 is supported and there have been some good deals for it recently (~£185) but it would require buying an after market cooler.
So I may wait until CS6 is released which should be May/June and see what the situation is then with regard official Adobe support under CS6 and more Keplers might be out by then. If I’m going to use an unsupported card I’d rather use a Kepler.