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GTX 560 vs. GTX 560 Superclocked

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January 14, 2012 3:12:48 AM

Just wondering the main difference between the GTX 560 and GTX 560 superclocked (not the Ti version). Would I be able to purchase the regular GTX 560 and overclock it to whatever the superclocked version is? Are they just trying to sucker beginners for $10?

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January 14, 2012 3:47:30 AM

The superclocked versions normally are factory overclocked, and have a better cooling system. Yes you could probably overclock the standard to superclock levels, but you will also be able to overclock the "superclock" one even more.

If it does have a better cooling system, I would go for the super clocked version. I have a MSI GTX 460 Hawk (one of the best coolers around) (a 560 is a heavily overclocked 460) and I have it overclocked to 900MHz, which is equal if not greater to the speed the"superoverclocked" 560's come shipped as. The extra cooling ability makes a huge difference in the amount you can overclock.

Edit: Are you looking at two specific cards, or just in general? Not all superclocked cards coolers are created equal, so don't just go buy the cheapest superclock card
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January 14, 2012 4:57:15 AM

I would get one with a good cooler such as the msi twin frozr ii cooler. Those overclock very well and can reach the exact same clocks as their superclocked counterparts.
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January 14, 2012 10:31:59 PM

AxemanACL said:
The superclocked versions normally are factory overclocked, and have a better cooling system. Yes you could probably overclock the standard to superclock levels, but you will also be able to overclock the "superclock" one even more.

If it does have a better cooling system, I would go for the super clocked version. I have a MSI GTX 460 Hawk (one of the best coolers around) (a 560 is a heavily overclocked 460) and I have it overclocked to 900MHz, which is equal if not greater to the speed the"superoverclocked" 560's come shipped as. The extra cooling ability makes a huge difference in the amount you can overclock.

Edit: Are you looking at two specific cards, or just in general? Not all superclocked cards coolers are created equal, so don't just go buy the cheapest superclock card



That makes more sense. It doesn't seem like the super clocked version has a different cooling system. This is my first build, so I'm quite new to graphics cards, so thanks for the info. I was mainly looking at the EVGA gtx 560's but now I will look into others for cooling system differences.
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January 14, 2012 10:54:03 PM

Sorry, I know this isn't what you were asking about, but I would really recommend you get a 6870 over the GTX 560. It's better value if you're planning on gaming. A good deal more powerful and available with more vram. If you're running games at 1080p and want to leave room for an upgrade down the road, having 2 GB of vram is important for crossfire. The GTX 560 ti is also a good option, but more expensive. I really wouldn't recommend the non Ti 560 though.
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January 14, 2012 11:42:18 PM

Koolg223 said:
Sorry, I know this isn't what you were asking about, but I would really recommend you get a 6870 over the GTX 560. It's better value if you're planning on gaming. A good deal more powerful and available with more vram. If you're running games at 1080p and want to leave room for an upgrade down the road, having 2 GB of vram is important for crossfire. The GTX 560 ti is also a good option, but more expensive. I really wouldn't recommend the non Ti 560 though.


Ok I will definately look into getting the HD 6870 instead
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January 15, 2012 12:51:37 AM

A 560ti or 6950 shouldn't cost that much more than a 560.
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January 15, 2012 2:11:30 AM

amuffin said:
A 560ti or 6950 shouldn't cost that much more than a 560.


About a $50-$60 difference.
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January 15, 2012 3:36:13 AM

Senile_Llama here is a link to my Youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/PCgamingTech/videos

I've posted benchmarks for both the HD 6870 in games and the 6870 crossfire in games. It will give you a good idea of the card's power. I'll upload some 6850 benchmarks as well.
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January 17, 2012 11:34:52 AM

I have decided to go ahead and get the superclocked GTX 560. Thanks for all the responses!
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January 17, 2012 11:35:18 AM

Best answer selected by Senile_Llama.
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