Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Review: GF110 On A Diet

Test Setup And Benchmarks

We're comparing the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core to the similarly-priced competition, including AMD's Radeon HD 6950 1 GB, 6950 2 GB, and 6970, as well as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GTX 570.

Again, Nvidia didn't sample a reference board design for testing, so we dropped the clocks on Zotac's model to match the specs Nvidia provided to us.

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Test Hardware
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge)Overclocked to 4 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled.
MotherboardMSI P67A-GD65, Intel P67 Chipset
MemoryOCZ DDR3-2000, 2 x 2 GB, at 1338 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/sSamsung 470 Series SSD 256 GB, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsGeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core 1280 MB GDDR5GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB GDDR5Radeon HD 6950 1 GB GDDR5Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5Radeon HD 6970 2 GB GDDR5
Power SupplySeasonic X760 SS-760KM: ATX12V v2.3, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper TX 2
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Graphics DriverGeForce: 285.88 Beta
Row 11 - Cell 0 AMD Catalyst 11.11
Battlefield 3Version, Operation Swordbreaker, Fraps Run
Batman: Arkham CityVersion, Built-In Benchmark
Metro 2033Version, Built-In Benchmark
DiRT 3Version, Built-In Benchmark
Aliens Vs. PredatorVersion, DirectX 11 Benchmark
  • borden5
    this one trade blows with 6950 2gb and cost about $30 more hm?
  • tmk221
    nice gpu but it's to expensive compared to 6950...
  • Ernst56
    I just recently replaced an aging 8800 GTS with the 2GB Twin Frozr 560TI card. I have a large case with 7 fans and with a fan profile running the Twin Frozr at 70%, I can overclock to well past 570 performance.

    Since I got the card, with a game, for $249, I'm very happy. An hour of MW3 or SC2 at max settings shows a max temp of 53C.
  • nhat11
    In the battlefield 3 tests, why aren't the testers testing the settings on Ultra? I don't care about settings on high.
  • borden5
    thanks for great article, does anyone notice the 6950 1gb vs 2gb give same performance even tho at higher resolution ??
  • cleeve
    nhat11In the battlefield 3 tests, why aren't the testers testing the settings on Ultra? I don't care about settings on high.
    Because none of these cards are fast enough to run on Ultra unless you're going to drop resolution, and nobody buys this class of card to run below 1080p.

    We try to make our benchmark settings realistic, not theoretical.
  • jimmy-bee
    Wow, I hate to see the death of 1920 x 1200 resolution monitor to be replaced by 1080P. But liked this benchmark since I have a 560Ti. Always used Tom's benchmarks to help me decide on video cards.
  • I'm with nhat11.

    I play my BF3 on Ultra settings and 1080p with the 6950 2GB. Ans this is not "theoretical". So if the framerate its 10fps everybody should know.

  • dontcrosthestreams
    "the nordics".......skyrim joke please.
  • wolfram23
    I always find it almost shocking that the 6950 1gb and 2gb models have basically identical framerates even at 2560x1600 in all of these super demanding games. Do we really need more than 1gb VRAM? I always think about going triple monitors, and always think my 1gb is going to be a drawback...