Five Overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti Cards, Compared

Asus SmartDoctor

Asus SmartDoctor hasn’t changed much in the past few reviews, appearing to be updated only to support new hardware. The current version supports GPU frequencies of 700 to 1000 MHz, DRAM data rates from 3600 to 4800 MT/s, and GPU core voltage shifts from 1.025 to 1.150 volts.

Heat protection, startup, and alarm settings occupy the first two menus of SmartDoctor’s advanced controls.

Fan speed can be thermally controlled in four steps.

HyperDrive allows overclocking to be triggered by 3D applications.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Well, one still need to overclock to play Crysis. But who cares, when Crysis 2 is in the wild?
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • msi and asus cost same at retail
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  • 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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  • 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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  • That looks like more confirmation that LGA1365 was scrapped and LGA2011 is what we'll see replacing LGA1366.
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  • You'd think they would have made 6 and 8 pin PCI-E connectors at 90 degree angles by now...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 436968 said:
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    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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