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GTX 560Ti SLI benchmark results thread....

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April 27, 2011 2:46:44 AM

I received my second EVGA GTX 560Ti today and spend the entire afternoon installing it (ended up having to remove the mobo from the case....don't ask). I've been benching it tonight and have some preliminary results. Both cards are running at stock speed and both are superclocked to 900MHz core. These benches were run with driver version 266.66 (am updating to 270.61 as I type this). So far I am ranging from 56%-72% improvement in performance over my single card overclocked to 980MHz. I have seen significant gains in every test run so far and there have been zero issues with compatibility as of yet. For my money, its looking like dual 560Ti's for under $500 is the value leader at this pricepoint. I'm seeing a significant performance advantage over a single GTX 580 which still costs more than my two 560's. Anyway, check it out (and keep in mind that these are preliminary results as I intend to OC both of these cards and am updating to the latest drivers):

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Keep checking back for more updates....
April 27, 2011 3:16:53 AM

I went from a 480>460sSLI>590>580. I was asking the same question here because I was very disappointed in the performance in the 590. I was between 560ti in sli and the ASUS DirectCU II 580 and I chose the 580. Even tho I know the 560s can run circles around one 580 but I wanted more VRAM and the 560s just didnt cut it. Plus I was tired of stutter in games with my sli setup so instead of going for two low teir cards, I just went for one. But touching on ther performance, two 560s are a beast and the numbers show it. It clearly is the way to go price per performance wise but honestly, all those frames over 60 are usless unless you got a 120hz monitor. Judging from that, one 580 will run your all your games maxed out at 1920x1080 at 50+ fps(except metro).

And besides, how much power do we really need to run console ports?

Congrats on that second 560 tho.
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April 27, 2011 3:34:39 AM

I did it all for the benchies! Lol...
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April 27, 2011 3:38:58 AM

Two 560's in SLI indeed results in quite a bit of performance for the money; however, with 6950s hovering at $250, .....they certainly deserve consideration as well.
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April 27, 2011 3:40:18 AM

mdd1963 said:
Two 560's in SLI indeed results in quite a bit of performance for the money; however, with 6950s hovering at $250, .....they certainly deserve consideration as well.


Indeed.
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April 27, 2011 3:45:11 AM

Wow, thats an awesome run for a single card. The 580 is definitely a beast! The 6950's are also great cards and slightly stronger than the GTX 560Ti's, but I'm an Nvidia fanboy!
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April 27, 2011 3:45:25 AM

By the way, here is my latest run with a 950MHz core/2150MHz memory OC and the latest Nvidia drivers installed:

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http://3dmark.com/3dm11/1095755
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April 27, 2011 3:50:26 AM

Once you get those ti's dialed in you cant be stopped.
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April 27, 2011 3:53:37 AM

I know I can run 985/2200 with a single card in 3DMark 11 but its unstable in Vantage. I wonder if SLI will improve the overclockability of these EVGA cards...
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April 27, 2011 3:56:21 AM

silky salamandr said:
Lord have mercy lol.


Lol. Just imagine adding another 580 to your setup! I've seen SLI 580's scoring over 12000 in 3DMark 11!
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April 27, 2011 4:04:19 AM

majin ssj eric said:
Lol. Just imagine adding another 580 to your setup! I've seen SLI 580's scoring over 12000 in 3DMark 11!



I have to show some restraint or ill be sleeping on the couch. BTW how you liking the Sabertooth? We have the same mobo and chip and I seriously havent owned a better board. I didnt like the look at first but when its installed in a all black case, it is the sexiest. I almost asked it out to dinner when my install was finished.
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April 27, 2011 4:15:48 AM

majin ssj eric said:
For my money, its looking like dual 560Ti's for under $500 is the value leader at this pricepoint


i couldn't agree more. One thing I wanna tip you off on is that these things take some time to settle in. In Son No. 3's build, we put in two of the ASUS GTX560 TI DirectCU II TOP (900MHz):

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx...

I played a few days with the CPU OC and when spring break came along I hadda let the machine go and he's been on it ever since. I did get to try the GFX card OC one day while he was out doing things boys used to do when I was a kid (baseball). I turned off SLI and tested them individually .... 1st one went to 1000 MHz / 4880 (75C max) w/o me needing to touch the voltage and stayed quiet with fan about 50%. The 2nd one was noisy as hell and it was not a good noise ..... it also had trouble w/ OCCT's GPU test even at the 900 MHz speed ..... newegg replaced within a few days.

This is where it got interesting. The replacement arrived and I thru it in for a non SLI test .... while the noise "problem" was gone, the card was still noisey as the fan was spinning at > 4000 rpm. I started at 950 (15 min) and then 980 (15 min) and then 1000MHz at max voltage and it ran ... but at 82C. Cutting the voltage was failure at 1000, failure at 980 and failure at 950 .... I almost gave up at that point but over time ..... I was able to get it to run stable at lower and lower voltages. I ran outta time at 1.075 volts and 980 Mhz. I decided to give them time to "burn in a bit" before tackling them again. Temps were lower to and the fan speed was in the 58 - 60% range ...and quiet.

My thinking at this point is influenced by CPU overclocking experiences .... I always run my CPU OC's at a bit higher voltage than is necessary for "stability" for a couple of thermal cycles to "set the TIM". Seems after its heated up and allowed to cool a few times, I get much better temps. AS5 web site says they need 200 hours of this heating / cooling to full cure the TIM .... I have never seen it change this far out but I do see measurable changes over 2 - 4 cycles.

I'm thinking the same thing is going on w/ the factory applied TIM on the vid cards and that's responsible for the lower temps over time .... it doesn't quite explain though why unstable settings at 45 and 60 minutes are suddenly stable and hour or 2 later.
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April 27, 2011 4:38:35 AM

Indeed. Right now im at 925core on my DirectCUII 580 with very little voltage bump. I just got the card about 3 days ago so I havent had a chance to go crazy. But now Im inspired to see how high I can go with max voltage. Im guessing 1ghz easy. Im so glad I sold my Classified 590.
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April 27, 2011 5:39:40 AM

Just messing around with the overclocking and bumped Metro 2033 to 64 FPS! This SLI setup is a monster!
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April 27, 2011 7:43:00 AM

Yeah that 1ghz was a no go. The card actually starts to downclock back to stock when u go higher than it wants too. Im lazy so 925 is the sweet spot for me.
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April 27, 2011 11:33:49 AM

majin ssj eric said:
Just messing around with the overclocking and bumped Metro 2033 to 64 FPS! This SLI setup is a monster!

so you dont have stuttering as silky salamandr did? i find it odd that some people get this and some dont. It seems to sometimes happen to xfire setups, this is the first i have heard of it in sli setup.
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April 27, 2011 3:57:38 PM

I haven't noticed any stutter yet...
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April 27, 2011 8:42:24 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
so you dont have stuttering as silky salamandr did? i find it odd that some people get this and some dont. It seems to sometimes happen to xfire setups, this is the first i have heard of it in sli setup.


Dirt 2 was the worst ive ever seen. When you come into a stadium part of the level, the frames would drop form 60(vsync) all the way down to 20 and hop along until I left the stadium. That was with 460s and dont know about 560s since those are tho only cards within the last year I havent owned. Like everything it depends on the games you play.
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April 27, 2011 8:54:42 PM

silky salamandr said:
Dirt 2 was the worst ive ever seen. When you come into a stadium part of the level, the frames would drop form 60(vsync) all the way down to 20 and hop along until I left the stadium. That was with 460s and dont know about 560s since those are tho only cards within the last year I havent owned. Like everything it depends on the games you play.

I haven't run the Dirt 2 demo/benchmark yet, I might give it a go at some point over this weekend if I get a chance.
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April 27, 2011 9:05:33 PM

@majin ssj eric

In metro 2033 you have DOF Disabled, Please can you tell how the cards will run with DOF Enabled ?
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April 27, 2011 9:22:29 PM

silky salamandr said:
I went from a 480>460sSLI>590>580. I was asking the same question here because I was very disappointed in the performance in the 590. I was between 560ti in sli and the ASUS DirectCU II 580 and I chose the 580. Even tho I know the 560s can run circles around one 580 but I wanted more VRAM and the 560s just didnt cut it. Plus I was tired of stutter in games with my sli setup so instead of going for two low teir cards, I just went for one. But touching on ther performance, two 560s are a beast and the numbers show it. It clearly is the way to go price per performance wise but honestly, all those frames over 60 are usless unless you got a 120hz monitor. Judging from that, one 580 will run your all your games maxed out at 1920x1080 at 50+ fps(except metro).

And besides, how much power do we really need to run console ports?

Congrats on that second 560 tho.


:cry:  Sad but true about console ports. I put in a 6990 xfired with 6970. But for what? i'm playing rome total war and mount and blade.
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April 27, 2011 9:35:08 PM

xperator said:
@majin ssj eric

In metro 2033 you have DOF Disabled, Please can you tell how the cards will run with DOF Enabled ?


I'm at work right now but I will run it when I get off tonight.
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April 27, 2011 9:48:44 PM

majin ssj eric said:
I'm at work right now but I will run it when I get off tonight.


Run the Heaven dx11 bencemark too please.
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April 27, 2011 10:28:58 PM

I don't have that one. Where can I get it?
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April 27, 2011 10:57:52 PM

majin ssj eric said:
I don't have that one. Where can I get it?


Just google heaven benchmark and download 2.5

Ill post all my heaven runs that i did with all my cards later today.
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April 27, 2011 11:01:32 PM

xperator said:
@majin ssj eric

In metro 2033 you have DOF Disabled, Please can you tell how the cards will run with DOF Enabled ?



That one will cut your frames in half easily. It would be hard pressed to run that with a respectable framerate. But its a good suggestion Ill try that one also later.
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April 27, 2011 11:20:36 PM

silky salamandr said:
Dirt 2 was the worst ive ever seen. When you come into a stadium part of the level, the frames would drop form 60(vsync) all the way down to 20 and hop along until I left the stadium. That was with 460s and dont know about 560s since those are tho only cards within the last year I havent owned. Like everything it depends on the games you play.


I assume you are talking about the LA stadium level. This is one of the very few areas that a 2GB card does make a difference at 1200p at least.
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April 27, 2011 11:36:45 PM

I'm loving my SLI setup. Getting 120+ FPS in BFBC2 at max settings makes me think I won't have any issues with BF3 later this year. I haven't even installed crisis 2 yet which came with my card. Been waiting til I beat the first one....
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April 28, 2011 12:59:56 AM

bystander said:
I assume you are talking about the LA stadium level. This is one of the very few areas that a 2GB card does make a difference at 1200p at least.


Yes sir but im only gaming at 1080 at it still was bad. I know its one game with the major problem for me but i stopped playing it because of it.

Thats why I chose the more vram not the fastest setup because I can already tell that BF3 will be a monster and you might need all the vram you can get cause it sure is going to use it.

Someone like me that games on a single monitor at 1080, a 580 is more than enough. Unless your gaming multi monitor or have a 120hz monitor, it doesnt matter if your getting 9million fps if your monitor can only refresh at 60.
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April 28, 2011 3:00:28 AM

silky salamandr said:
Dirt 2 was the worst ive ever seen. When you come into a stadium part of the level, the frames would drop form 60(vsync) all the way down to 20 and hop along until I left the stadium. That was with 460s and dont know about 560s since those are tho only cards within the last year I havent owned. Like everything it depends on the games you play.

did you have tripple buffering enabled? it is a must if you use vsync.
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April 28, 2011 3:39:40 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
did you have tripple buffering enabled? it is a must if you use vsync.


That particular stadium has a ton of stuff to show and without v-sync, it bogs down unless you limit the size of the audience, or have 2GB of ram (per GPU).
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April 28, 2011 5:36:01 AM

Ok, so I just ran the Metro 2033 benchmark at max graphics with DOF and PhysX enabled. The FPS hit was significant but the result was still very playable at 46FPS average. I'll get the heaven benchmark as well....



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April 28, 2011 6:22:43 AM

And here's Heaven 2.5 with totally maxed out settings (16x AA, extreme tesellation etc):



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April 28, 2011 8:55:33 AM

46fps in metro 2033 seems to be good.
They are not many demanding games right now. I wonder how your SLI setup will perform in other DX11 titles with everything maxed. BF3 is coming almost a year later so can't rely on that.

My 560 ti didn't satisfy me. As you know it can't run metro 2033 on DX11 settings. And in Crysis 2 in some areas the fps drops to 45.
Recently I have also tried Red Faction Guerrilla which the card can't run it well with everything maxed. I had to lower the particle setting from 'Very High' to 'High'. still avg fps is 45 which is not good.

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April 28, 2011 3:59:47 PM

Man that Heaven benchmark looks amazing at max settings!
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April 29, 2011 3:58:29 AM

Anybody got any suggestions for other benchmarks I should run?
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May 1, 2011 8:29:56 PM

Just uprgraded to the full version of Vantage and am please with my new results:

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May 20, 2011 7:35:52 AM

Ok, so I just downloaded the new beta drivers (275.27) from Nvidia and decided to run 3DMark 11 again. My last score with 270.61 was 9252 3DMarks. With the new beta drivers my score shot up to:



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Not bad for a driver change!
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