Between these 3 GTX 560 what to pick?

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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  1. Oh, also...

    Can I use these cards with Windows XP (meaning directx 10, right?)?
  2. 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..:)
  3. 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
  4. 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. :)
  5. Still, same thing. you can get Windows 64 bit and 32bit drivers they areboth included in the install package.
  6. 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.
  7. Definately get the Asus out of the ones you are looking at, its the best one out of the lot.
  8. paromlin said:
    Oh, also...

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

    XP is only DX9.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Game jubky. Check for compatibility before upgrading to Win 7 HP. It doesn't have XP compatibility mode.
  12. 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.
  13. 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=N82E16814127592

    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=N82E16814130661

    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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=N82E16814121424

    ASUS GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121446

    Your making this more confusing than it has to be man...
  16. 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.
  17. He only needs 1 GB of RAM, idk why he's gonna get 2 gigs of ram at that low of a resolution
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. Oh my... This ASUS card is not "Ti"!

    It's this one, I believe:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-256-AS
  21. 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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