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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Review: Take Off Your Ti

Test Setup And Benchmarks

We’re comparing the GeForce GTX 560 against options below and above it, specifically AMD's Radeon HD 6790, 6850, and 6870, along with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 768 MB, GTX 460 1 GB, and 560 Ti.

Because Nvidia didn't supply us with a sample running at the official reference clock rates, we lowered the frequencies on a factory-overclocked card to represent baseline GeForce GTX 560 performance.

Test Hardware
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), Overclocked to 4.0 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled.
MotherboardAsus P8P67 Pro, Intel P67 Chipset
MemoryOCZ PC3-16000, 2 x 2 GB, 1338 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsZotac GeForce GTX 560 AMP!950/1900 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 1100 MHz Memory (4400 MT/s effective)**clock speed set to reference specification for reference benchmarks
Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP925/1850 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 880/1760 MHz Core/Shaders, 1GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)**clock speed set to reference specification for benchmarks
MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 725/1450 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 900 MHz Memory (3600 MT/s effective)**clock speed set to reference specification for benchmarks
AMD Radeon HD 6870900 MHz Core, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)
AMD Radeon HD 6850775 MHz Core, 1 GB 1000 MHz Memory (4000 MT/s effective)
AMD Radeon HD 6790 840 MHz Core, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)
Power SupplyePower EP-1200E10-T2 1200 W, ATX12V, EPS12V
CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper TX 2
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectXDirectX 11
Graphics DriverGeForce GTX 560: 275.20 BETA, All Other GeForce: 270.61 WHQLRadeon: Catalyst 11.4
Games
Crysis 2Very High Quality setting, No AA, 60 second gameplay, Fraps
Just Cause 2Medium Quality Settings, Textures High, all options enabled except vsync, No AA / 16xAF, Bokeh filter and GPU water disabled (for Nvidia cards), Concrete Jungle Benchmark
BulletstormHighest Settings, No AA, 60 second sequence, Fraps
F1 2010Ultra High Settings, No AA, Steam version, in-game benchmark, DX11 Rendering
Aliens Vs. Predator BenchmarkTexture and Shadow quality set to medium, 8x AF, SSAO off, DX11 tessellation off, DX11 advanced shadows off, 0x AA
Metro 2033DirectX 11, Medium Detail,  4x AF, tessellation enabled, advanced PhysX disabled.
H.A.W.X. 2Highest settings, DirectX 11 tessellation enabled, built-in benchmark
3DMark 11Performance Preset, 1680x1050
Unigine HeavenHighest settings, no AA, 16x AF, 1680x1050
  • rolli59
    I am just surprised they did not call it SE!
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  • 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
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  • 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 >
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  • kcorp2003
    so that disable part can be flash to re-enable it?
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  • 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.
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  • geekapproved
    Stupid strategy. MOst people are buying 560ti's and 6950 1GB's. Not 6870's and surely not 560's.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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
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