Skip to main content

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Review: Take Off Your Ti

Power, Temperature, And Noise Benchmarks

As mentioned, there are no reference cards for this launch, so we're forced to draw conclusions about the GTX 560 based on factory-overclocked board employing aftermarket cooling.

There's a good chance would draw less power, and therefore generate less heat than these samples. Our GeForce GTX 460 and GeForce GTX 560 Ti samples are also third-party designs with aftermarket coolers. Keep in mind that these cards are all benchmarked at reference speeds to measure gaming performance. But the following power, temperature, and noise measurements are measured at factory settings:

Zotac’s GeForce GTX 560 AMP! draws more power than the competition, including MSI's GeForce GTX 560 Ti. This is likely due to its high stock voltage, which is a blessing for dialing in a high factory overclock, but a detriment to keeping temperatures low.

In general, the GeForce GTX 560 looks power-hungry compared to AMD's Radeon HD 6870, even when taking into consideration the slightly higher power usage from these factory-overclocked models.

More power means more heat, and Zotac’s card is the hottest here, although it’s a much tighter playing field.

The AMP! edition card keeps temperatures manageable by increasing fan speed, and with that comes higher acoustic output. It’s not that bad though, and the rest of the products show similar results that aren’t too far behind.

  • rolli59
    I am just surprised they did not call it SE!
    Reply
  • daygall
    All these naming schemes are giving me a freakin head ache stupid derp companies, why cant both of them just stick with 1 naming scheme for a while

    if its not amd mucking with my mind and HD6870
    Reply
  • daygall
    srry for the dbl post... but half my comment disapeared ....

    EDIT* if its not amd mucking with my mind and HD6870 < HD5870 = HD6970

    its Nvidia and GTX460 < GTX560Ti >
    Reply
  • kcorp2003
    so that disable part can be flash to re-enable it?
    Reply
  • NuclearShadow
    The naming is certainly for marketing purposes. People are not attracted to lower numbers even when they are more fitting when it comes to new products.
    Yes companies exploit this but on the other hand would their product sell if they didn't? At-least now as well as it would otherwise.

    Take the Xbox 360 as a example. Its predecessor was simply "Xbox"
    It's not the 3rd console of the series and certainly isn't the 360th.
    The 360 is completely meaningless in the name when it comes to the product.
    They didn't want to name it Xbox 2 for the simple reason that loss of sales may occur because of the PS3's 3. They felt that some consumers may feel that because of the higher number the PS3 is superior and should buy that instead. As silly as this may sound to everyone they very likely are correct. Hence why the Xbox 360 was named such. But can you really blame them?

    Final note: I personally find the 360's name funny as it would mean the Xbox 360 by name would be right at where the Xbox is and not of any change.
    Reply
  • geekapproved
    Stupid strategy. MOst people are buying 560ti's and 6950 1GB's. Not 6870's and surely not 560's.
    Reply
  • bobdozer
    Anybody else notice that there is always an nvidia card at the top of toms video reviews?

    Why stop at the 560 TI? You can't use price as an excuse this time around because it costs about the same as the 6950.
    Reply
  • bobdozer
    The conclusion is pretty bad.

    Newegg has a bunch of 6870's costing less than $200 (one is $173 with rebate + free Shogun total war).

    So it's slightly faster, has much better minimum framerates, consumes much less power and is cheaper. I don't see any compelling reason to buy this 560.
    Reply
  • hangfirew8
    Where did you get those puny memory bandwidth values from? HS has the 560TI at 128.3GB/s. You have 4GB/S. Has Nvidia started selling the Fx5200 again?
    Reply
  • elbert
    The 560GTX SLI had no crossfire setup to compare. Was this due to the 560GTX SLI only compares to a 6850CF? The 560ti SLI v/s 6870 CF is a very good compare. In the link the 560ti SLI has 2 wins, 2 losses, and one near tie with 6870 CF.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-560-ti-gf114,2845-13.html
    Reply