NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Debuts: ASUS and MSI - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Debuts: ASUS and MSI

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 980X six-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings (DDR3-1333, CAS 7) and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist, along with the necessary drivers, games, and benchmark applications.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 980X (3.3GHz)
Gigabyte EX58-UD5 (X58 Express)

Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 6950 1GB
Radeon HD 6850
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 460
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
GeForce GTX 560 x 2

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX Nov. 2010 Redist
ATI Catalyst v11.4 Preview
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers 275.20 / 267.59

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v2.1
Futuremark 3DMark11
FarCry 2
Just Cause 2
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Lost Planet 2
F1 2010*

* - Custom benchmark

Unigine Heaven v2.1 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven

The Unigine Heaven Benchmark v2.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), and it also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The two GeForce GTX 560 cards from Asus and MSI we tested fall in right behind the GeForce GTX 560 Ti and well ahead of the GeForce GTX 460 in the Unigine Heaven benchmark. They also finish ahead of the Radeon HD 6870 and sandwich the Radeon HD 6950.

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Nice review. I can see these cards being useful for the overclocker/moderate gamer.

However, the Ti will always have a special place in all of our hearts for the cheap gamer.

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Nice review.

I have the MSI GTX-560Ti now, and like it a lot. These new cards seem to be aimed squarely at the AMD Radeon HD6870 series cards, and as the write-up says, they out do them too. 

I wouldn't sell my XFX Radeon 6870 Black Edition just to buy one of these. I'd have to move up much higher on the food chain to make the change worthwhile to me. But I would recommend them to someone looking for maximum performance on a budget gamers build.

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...That's very good to know realneil, as I am on a budget, lol.


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Junck Male:

...That's very good to know realneil, as I am on a budget, lol.


You might want to think before bumping a post. I mean this is 7 months old...

Nice way to thank realneil though.

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