NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU Review - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU Review

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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:
Intel Core i7 980X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Gigabyte EX58-UD5
(Intel X58 Express)

Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 6950 1GB
Radeon HD 6850
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core 

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

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
ATI Catalyst v11.10
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers 285.88

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v2.5
FarCry 2
Just Cause 2
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Lost Planet 2
F1 2010

Unigine Heaven v2.5 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v2.5 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) It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The new GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core Limited Edition card falls into place right where you'd expect it to in the Unigine Heaven benchmark, which is to say it was somewhat faster than the original GeForce GTX 560 Ti, but a hair slower than the higher-end GeForce GTX 570.

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zotac is a awesome card maker. they have really good warranties. If i were in the market for a new GPU ( i have a xfx 6950) i would just spend the money on the 570 or 6970.

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if only a different colorscheme (i know its their style/scheme).

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I'm not comfortable with Zotac either. (past experiences)

But all is not lost, as EVGA is making one of these Hyper enabled 560's too.

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@realneil, MSI is making one too. I've been gravitating towards MSI lately. Here is a review of theirs, I like their twin frozr III cooling solution.


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i have been nothing but impressed with MSI, granted my experience is mostly with their motherboards.

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i tend to stick with evga gpus. i like the blacked out style much better anyway (just need some black pcb)

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Sweet... Now if only someone was foolish enough to put 2GBs on that; then we'd have a deal-breaker of a card.

I mean EVGA came up with a 2.5GB 570 card (which came with a 560Ti cooler), why can't NVIDIA for at once at least include 2GBs of memory on their reference cards; I mean ATI has them on their cards, and these things with 1.2GB of memory aren't really that future-proof; even if you SLI them. SLI duplicates the scene to both of the cards and then renders them, meaning that you're still going to have 1.2GBs of memory no matter how many cards you put in, and when your playing a graphics intense game, that 1.2GBs of memory can get used up pretty quickly.

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I've never tried Zotac before, but from many reviews I've read they seem to be a good brand. But..would it be worth getting only 1 of these cards?? SLI in the future wouldn't work out too well if you wanted to throw in another cause they would be gone!

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"The performance is just about the same as the GTX 570, so its a good card. I was expecting the price to be lower, but the 570's have gone up a bit to an average of $339, so this card has a good price point for now, and having it capable of 3way SLI was a smart idea."

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