Graphics Card: MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560
Compared to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti we used last quarter, today's GeForce GTX 560 has one of the GF114 GPU's eight Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs) disabled, resulting in a loss of 48 CUDA cores and eight texture units.
This model from MSI maintains Nvidia's reference GPU clock rate of 810 MHz and 1002 MHz (4008 MT/s) memory frequency. Moreover, it offers dual DVI outputs and a mini-HDMI connector.
MSI's bundle includes printed quick-start and installation guides, a software DVD, a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, and a pair of Molex power adapters, one of which our build requires. There's a $40 mail-in-rebate on the card right now, which makes it a stellar buy.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500 GB
Offering us the most storage capacity for $65, Western Digital’s 500 GB WD5000AAKX impresses with a 7200 RPM spindle speed, a SATA 6Gb/s interface, and 16 MB of cache.
- Serious Gaming, On The Cheap
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Limited To Graphics Overclocking
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary And Efficiency
- Did We Spend Our Money Wisely?