NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Debuts: ASUS and MSI

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Our Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: The new GeForce GTX 560 performs right about where its model number suggests. The Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP and MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II performed a fair bit better than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB and just a step behind the more powerful GeForce GTX 560 Ti. In general, the Asus and MSI GeForce GTX 560 cards also performed better than their direct competition from Team AMD, the Radeon HD 6850 and 6870. There were a couple of instances where the 6870 came out on top (F1 2010, Metro 2033), but the GeForce came out ahead in the rest of our benchmarks.

MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II In the Buff...

GeForce GTX 560 cards will be available immediately with prices starting at $199 on up depending on their configuration. More specifically, the Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP we took a look at will retail for about $219, while MSI’s N560GTX Twin Frozr II will arrive at about $209. At those prices, the GeForce GTX 560’s main competition currently are the GeForce GTX 460 and the Radeon HD 6870, both of which can be found for approximately $180 - $220 taking current mail in rebates into consideration. As our benchmark results have shown, the GeForce GTX 560 cards we tested outpace both of those cards overall, and they do so while remaining nice and quiet, and with very manageable power consumption. Seems like a solid offering from NVIDIA in this price range. Of course, there’s always more performance to be had with a relatively small additional investment, but if you’ve got about $210 to spend on a graphics card, the new GeForce GTX 560 is an attractive option.

  • Good Performance
  • Cool and Quiet
  • Competitive Pricing
  • PhysX and CUDA Support

  • Two Cards Required For Surround View
  • More Perf Available For Small Extra Investment


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