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Test System Setup And Benchmarks

Five Overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Cards, Rounded-Up

In order to compare these cards, we're reactivating our overclocked Core i5-2500K-based test bed, which is guaranteed to alleviate any platform-oriented bottleneck that might otherwise inhibit the performance of any graphics card.

Since the objective is to demonstrate relative performance between graphics products based on the same GPU and with only minor operating frequency differences, we don't need to roll out our complete benchmark suite in order to gauge the finishing order. A few games and a synthetic test will suffice.

Test Hardware
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), overclocked to 4 GHz, 6 MB shared L3 cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled.
MSI P67A-GD65, Intel P67 Chipset
OCZ DDR3-2000, 2 x 2 GB, at 1338 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Samsung 470 Series SSD 256 GB, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsAsus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP
ECS Black GTX 560
Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 MDT x4
MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II OC
Zotac GeForce GTX 560 AMP!
Power Supply
Seasonic X760 SS-760KM: ATX12V v2.3, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX 2
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Graphics Driver
GeForce: 285.62
3DMark 11
Version:, Benchmark Only
Battlefield 3
Version, Operation Swordbreaker, Fraps Run
Aliens vs. Predator
Version, DirectX 11 Benchmark
Metro 2033
Full Game, Built-In Benchmark, "Frontline" Scene
DX9, High, AAA, 4x AF, No PhysX
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