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Between these 3 GTX 560 what to pick?

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February 28, 2012 5:07:02 PM

PCI-E ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DirectCU, 1GB DDR5, HDMI, DualDVI, HDTV

PCI-E GAINWARD GeForce GTX 560, 2GB DDR5, HDMI, DualDVI, D-SUB

PCI-E ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti, 1GB DDR5, HDMI, DualDVI, HDTV

Which one is the best? They're all around the same price.


Also, is this card:

PCI-E GAINWARD GeForce GTX 560 GS, 1GB DDR5, HDMI, DVI, D-SUB

Considerably worse compared to the three above?

Thanks.

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February 28, 2012 5:14:26 PM

Oh, also...

Can I use these cards with Windows XP (meaning directx 10, right?)?
a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 5:15:19 PM

If i were you the ASUS would be my first choice, i USE its bigger brother the 560 ti DCII and love it. Second choice is Zotac, infact zotac cards seem to be more reference than ASUS but ASUS has dual fan..:) 
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a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 5:19:53 PM

paromlin said:
Oh, also...

Can I use these cards with Windows XP (meaning directx 10, right?)?

Yea these cards can run with Windows XP, as long as you go to NVIDIA's website and get the driver for Windows XP 64 Bit
February 28, 2012 5:23:33 PM

Rockdpm said:
Yea these cards can run with Windows XP, as long as you go to NVIDIA's website and get the driver for Windows XP 64 Bit



Oh, thanks. But what if I have windows xp 32 bit? I mean, I have the old cd with service pack 2 included. Is that ok?



Also, what's the difference between directCU and Ti? Isn't Ti better? It's a bit more expensive, as well. But the most expensive out of the 3 is the one with 2GB. :) 
a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 6:29:13 PM

Still, same thing. you can get Windows 64 bit and 32bit drivers they areboth included in the install package.
a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 6:34:39 PM

paromlin said:




Also, what's the difference between directCU and Ti? Isn't Ti better? It's a bit more expensive, as well. But the most expensive out of the 3 is the one with 2GB. :) 

GTX 560 ti isnt the same thing as DCII

DCII is Direct Coper 2, a cooling technology ASUS has designed and patented over the course of their line of GPU's

The difference between GTX 560 and GTX 560 ti is:
560: 336 CUDA cores and a higher clock speed for memory, shader and core clock

the GTX 560 ti has 384 CUDA cores (Better)

So in conclusion if possible for purchase, the ASUS DCII GTX 560 ti is the best card you can get in my opinion for now. also they have a top edition which has a higher clock speed.
a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 6:59:38 PM

Definately get the Asus out of the ones you are looking at, its the best one out of the lot.
a c 172 Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 7:21:54 PM

paromlin said:
Oh, also...

Can I use these cards with Windows XP (meaning directx 10, right?)?

XP is only DX9.
February 28, 2012 7:31:41 PM

No doubt, ASUS - typically, they try to test their gear pretty rigorously and more often than not they have dual fans which makes it easy to overclock them without fear. I use an ASUS 560 w/ dual fans and it's great. I might splurge for the 2 GB variety if I were you, but 1 GB of video memory is good enough for most things.

Per the above, you would be better suited to upgrade to Win7 because that card is DX11 compliant but WinXP is not.
February 28, 2012 7:34:48 PM

You can d/l DX10 for XP but it's not an official Microsoft version. I'd suggest creating a restore point or a backup registry before doing it.
February 28, 2012 7:37:55 PM

Game jubky. Check for compatibility before upgrading to Win 7 HP. It doesn't have XP compatibility mode.
a c 172 Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 7:39:41 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
You can d/l DX10 for XP but it's not an official Microsoft version. I'd suggest creating a restore point or a backup registry before doing it.

I have my doubts that actually works but as I've not tried it I can't say for sure.
February 28, 2012 7:58:31 PM

I'd skip the 560 TI and get an $150 GTX 560 plus Windows 7.

Per dollar I think that would net a better overall set up both in game and out.

I would take a good look at this one as well:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Around 150 with MIR (ends today but comes around a good bit).

I also would pick this card given the support they offer:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you not looking to get Windows 7 you could also open up to a cheaper gtx 460 as they are close to the GTX 560 with an OC I hear.

Otherwise, from your list, if you can only get one card, the 560 ti.
February 28, 2012 8:07:57 PM

The options are those 4 cards.

So you're suggesting I skip the "Ti" version and the additional CUDA cores for a better cooling (directCU)?
Because the ASUS card in question doesn't mention any "Ti".

I'm also tempted to take the 2gb card instead. Maybe it's investing in the future? Or maybe the CPU (INTEL Core i3 2100 BOX, s. 1155, 3.10GHz, 3MB cache, GPU, DualCore) will bottleneck it anyway... Bah. I have a small lcd monitor. :D 


My win xp is home edition.

Thanks for all the responses.
a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 9:02:58 PM

paromlin said:
The options are those 4 cards.

So you're suggesting I skip the "Ti" version and the additional CUDA cores for a better cooling (directCU)?
Because the ASUS card in question doesn't mention any "Ti".

I'm also tempted to take the 2gb card instead. Maybe it's investing in the future? Or maybe the CPU (INTEL Core i3 2100 BOX, s. 1155, 3.10GHz, 3MB cache, GPU, DualCore) will bottleneck it anyway... Bah. I have a small lcd monitor. :D 


My win xp is home edition.

Thanks for all the responses.

Wait, now im confused. Your telling me your gonna skip a GTX 560 ti for a Direct CUII.

a NVIDIA GTX ***Direct CUII. the direct CUII is a cooling heatsink technology, not a video chip. Ok what we are talking about is these two cards:

ASUS GTX 560 "ti" DCII http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your making this more confusing than it has to be man...
February 28, 2012 9:07:12 PM

It is generally a best practice (for a gaming rig at least) to get the single best card you can buy. Of that list, the gtx 560 ti > any of the rest. The 2g card may offer some things better than the 560 ti but not a whole lot IMO.

If this is not just a gaming rig, then other factors come to play.


a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 9:13:51 PM

He only needs 1 GB of RAM, idk why he's gonna get 2 gigs of ram at that low of a resolution
February 28, 2012 9:48:54 PM

It is a gaming platform, yes.

Ok, to eliminate the confusion:

-- PCI-E ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti, 1GB DDR5, HDMI, DualDVI, HDTV

Model ZT-50301-10M
Cooler Active (with fan)
Core Clock 822 MHz
Core Processors 384 Stream Processors
Dimensions Height: 4.376in - 111.15mm • Width: 8.25in - 209.55mm
DirectX DirectX 11
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
DVI 2 x Dual-link DVI
GPU GeForce GTX 560 Ti
HDCP Ready Yes
HDMI 1 x HDMI 1.4a
Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16 (Compatible with 1.1)
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
Memory Clock 4000MHz
Memory Size 1GB
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type DDR5
Minimum Power Requirement 450-Watt
Package Contents 1 x DVI-to-VGA adapter
2 x Dual MOLEX to 6-pin PCIe power adapter
1 x Assassin’s Creed™: Brotherhood download voucher
1 x Driver Disk
1 x ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle
1 x User manual
RAMDAC 400 MHz
SLI Supported Yes

-- PCI-E ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DirectCU, 1GB DDR5, HDMI, DualDVI, HDTV

Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory GDDR5 1GB
Engine Clock 810 MHz
CUDA Core 336
Shader Clock 1620 MHz
Memory Clock 4008 MHz ( 1002 MHz GDDR5 )
Memory Interface 256-bit
Resolution D-Sub Max Resolution : 2048x1536
DVI Max Resolution : 2560x1600
Interface D-Sub Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1)
DVI Output : Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (via Mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor x 1)
HDCP Support : Yes
Accessories 1 x Mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor
1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
1 x Power cable
Software ASUS Utilities & Driver
ASUS Features DirectCU Series
Super Alloy Power
Dimensions 9.8 '' x 5.03 '' Inch

-- PCI-E GAINWARD GeForce GTX 560, 2GB DDR5, HDMI, DualDVI, D-SUB

Product Name : Gainward GeForce® GTX 560 2048MB
Barcode : 4260183362210
GPU : GeForce GTX 560
GPU Clockspeed : 810 Mhz
Memory : 1024MB GDDR5
Memory Clockspeed : 2004 Mhz
Pixels per clock (peak) : N/A
Bandwidth : 128.3 GB/s
Ramdac : 400 MHz
Bus : PCI-Express 2.0
Cooling : 2-Slot 9cm Fan
Video-Features : HDMI
Connectivity : Dual DVI + VGA
Product Size : 188mm x 112mm
Power Connector : 6-pin *2

(something seems off with the memory here)

And the last one which is a bit cheaper:

-- PCI-E GAINWARD GeForce GTX 560 GS, 1GB DDR5, HDMI, DVI, D-SUB

Product Name : Gainward GeForce® GTX 560 1024MB ''Golden Sample''
Barcode : 4260183362234
GPU : GeForce GTX 560
GPU Clockspeed : 822 Mhz
Memory : 1024MB GDDR5
Memory Clockspeed : 2020 Mhz
Pixels per clock (peak) : N/A
Bandwidth : 129.3 GB/s
Ramdac : 400 MHz
Bus : PCI-Express 2.0
Cooling : 2-Slot 9cm Fan
Video-Features : HDMI
Connectivity : DVI-I + VGA
Product Size : 188mm x 112mm
Power Connector : 6-pin *2
a b Î Nvidia
February 28, 2012 11:03:51 PM

Ok here is somthing i recommend to all current builders, never skimp on a Computer part that its only 10-20$ more expensive but alot better of a brand. Here is how the brand line in your case goes, ASUS>Zotac>Gainward. Its as simple as that, so ill let you decide, now if you gonna keep on and on debating on which card to get, your gonna be stuck in a never ending warp of should i buy this and after you have gotten it, should i have gotten this card. Trust me i have plenty of experience buying graphics cards, I know how well quality brands are and i know how sucky the low ends are. So use what i and the others have told you and just pick a card already, Its not rocket Science. We have all said the ASUS GTX 560 ti 1GB. You don't need 2GB of ram for a low resolution monitor, infact the only time i see anyone needing more than a card with 1gb of video ram is if they are running over 1080p resolution.....Just pick a card dude.
a b Î Nvidia
February 29, 2012 7:04:01 PM

I know that card, and no i think the Direct CUII version is much better. You can get the GTX 560 not TI version in DCII. i mean seriously your gonna skimp out 20$ to get a card that looks like a bettle bug?, We have all told you what we think you should get. And to change opinions. Yes i think that card will do what you need it to. No i am not saying don't get it. i am just saying the DCII is better than DC
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