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Five Overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti Cards, Compared
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Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7-2600K LGA 1155: 3.40-3.80 GHz, 8 MB L3 Cache
Overclocked to 4.00 GHz at 1.25 V
MotherboardAsus P8P67 Pro: BIOS 1003 (12/29/2010), Intel P67 Express, LGA 1155
RAMKingston KHX2133C9D3T1K2/4GX: 2 x 2 GB, DDR3-2133 at DDR3-1600 CAS 7-7-7-21, 1.60 V
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD1002FBYS: 1 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 32 MB cache
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerOCZ-Z1000M: 1000 W Modular, ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia 266.66
ChipsetIntel INF 9.2.0.1019


We overclocked Intel’s super-fast Core i7-2600K to an even faster 4.00 GHz to reduce CPU bottlenecks, while evaluating the performance of today’s cards. An efficiency-friendly 1.25 V minimized overclocking’s effect on platform power consumption.

OCZ’s Z1000M allows us to measure total system power at minimal loss of just over 10%.

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3D Games
Aliens vs. Predator BenchmarkAliens vs Predator Benchmark Tool
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: Highest Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Quality, 4x AA
F1 2010v1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
Just Cause 2Version 1.0.0.2, Built-In Benchmark "Concrete Jungle"
Test Set 1: Highest Details, No AA, 16x AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 4x AA, 16x AF
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of PripyatCall Of Pripyat Benchmark version, all options, HDAO
Test Set 1: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, Ultra SSAO, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, Ultra SSAO, 4x MSAA
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark11Version: 1.0.1.0, Benchmark Only
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2011 4:49 AM
    Please add in the results idle noise level. For me, noise is one of the most important thing when considering a graphics card. I bought a Galaxy GTX 460 last year with the funny cooler and it sounded like a jet engine even when idle. I ended up replacing it with a Thermalright Shaman cooler, the 140mm fan is much more pleasant to the ears.
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    Annisman , February 22, 2011 4:50 AM
    Thanks for the review, any news on any *new* 2GB models of the GTX 560 ? The only one currently available is the Palit version, which shares the same design as the Palit sonic edition card that was reviewed. Would love to see a Gigabyte SOC 2GB card...
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    ScoobyJooby-Jew , February 22, 2011 4:52 AM
    These are some pretty sweet cards. Could you put up the numbers for a reference spec GTX 470. That would be interesting to see how they compare performance wise. The OC'ed cards have pretty similar bandwith to the 470. The big powerful 320 bit card vs the smaller more efficient 256 bit card.
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    ScoobyJooby-Jew , February 22, 2011 4:53 AM
    There should have been a please in the previous post, and a question mark. -1 for bad grammar. -1 for bad manners.
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    mattmock , February 22, 2011 5:56 AM
    I am not sure that even dual GTX 580s qualify as a status symbol. They sit in your computer and no one ever sees them.
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    nebun , February 22, 2011 6:49 AM
    MattMockI am not sure that even dual GTX 580s qualify as a status symbol. They sit in your computer and no one ever sees them.

    you don't need to see it...you only need to feel it...wait, it's still in the case...lol
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    gti88 , February 22, 2011 7:54 AM
    Well, one still need to overclock to play Crysis. But who cares, when Crysis 2 is in the wild?
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    iam2thecrowe , February 22, 2011 9:18 AM
    Why dont your roundups ever contain reference to other cards???? Please, reference to other cards. If the most overclocked card costs nearly as much as a gtx570, you need to show the speed difference of similarly priced cards
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    utengineer , February 22, 2011 12:01 PM
    iam2thecroweWhy dont your roundups ever contain reference to other cards???? Please, reference to other cards. If the most overclocked card costs nearly as much as a gtx570, you need to show the speed difference of similarly priced cards

    This was not the intent of the article. This article was intended to see which 560Ti was the best bang for your buck. I am sure there will be future articles that compare different cards and their price points.
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    hardcore_gamer , February 22, 2011 12:04 PM
    gti88Well, one still need to overclock to play Crysis. But who cares, when Crysis 2 is in the wild?

    Even a 8800GT can play Crysis 2.We have to change our spam to " can it play Crysis 1 ? "
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    salsoolo , February 22, 2011 12:32 PM
    just a question, where the HELL could you find the overclocked Asus GTX 560 TOP?
    every retailer only has the standard asus version as the time of this post.
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    rolli59 , February 22, 2011 12:49 PM
    Good article but I cant see the Asus card costing the same as their slower clocked card when available in retail.
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    joelmartinez , February 22, 2011 1:01 PM
    msi and asus cost same at retail
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    binoyski , February 22, 2011 1:08 PM
    Hey guys, read about the upcoming z68 & x68 chipsets!

    http://vr-zone.com/articles/additional-details-on-intel-s-z68-and-patsburg-models/11294.html
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    wolfram23 , February 22, 2011 1:44 PM
    Well I understand the point of this article is to compare the different 560 versions, but it would be really great if there was a chart to compare against similar GPUs from Nvidia and ATI just to kind of show where they all fit in the grand hierarchy.
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    jprahman , February 22, 2011 1:45 PM
    That looks like more confirmation that LGA1365 was scrapped and LGA2011 is what we'll see replacing LGA1366.
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    segio526 , February 22, 2011 1:51 PM
    You'd think they would have made 6 and 8 pin PCI-E connectors at 90 degree angles by now...
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    Crashman , February 22, 2011 3:33 PM
    iam2thecroweWhy dont your roundups ever contain reference to other cards???? Please, reference to other cards. If the most overclocked card costs nearly as much as a gtx570, you need to show the speed difference of similarly priced cards
    It was covered almost a month ago:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-560-ti-gf114,2845.html
    Both articles have a reference card, you can compare percent differences for overclocked cards (this article) to percent differences for the GTX 570 (the past article, linked).

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    Taylor422 , February 22, 2011 4:43 PM
    Quote:
    Gigabyte's OC Guru resembles our favorite graphics overclocking utility, but lacks its advanced fan controls


    What is your favorite graphics card utility, exactly? I got a recertified PNY RVCG98GTEE1XXB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 off of Newegg and I'd like something to control the fan speeds. It tries to stay around 60 celsius, which I think is a tad warm.
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    Crashman , February 22, 2011 5:15 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Gigabyte's OC Guru resembles our favorite graphics overclocking utility, but lacks its advanced fan controls


    What is your favorite graphics card utility, exactly? I got a recertified PNY RVCG98GTEE1XXB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 off of Newegg and I'd like something to control the fan speeds. It tries to stay around 60 celsius, which I think is a tad warm.
    MSI Afterburner.
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