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Five Overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti Cards, Compared

Asus GTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP

Sold under the excessively-long part number ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5, Asus’ flagship model provides increased speed and cooling, without the expected increase in price.

An ingenious cooler design incorporates an inexpensive aluminum sink adjoined by a simplified heat pipe to a secondary radiator. This design is probably responsible for Asus’ best-value pricing.

It appears that Asus also produces its own PCB, expanding a traditional voltage regulator to seven phases to keep voltage consistent under changing loads. Outward-facing power connectors increase drive-bay clearance in traditional tower cases, though additional height needed to clear these connectors might prevent it from fitting certain compact cases.

A 900 MHz GPU and GDDR5-4200 exceed stock clocks by 9% and 5%. While these sound like the types of overclocks most users expect to achieve from stock cards, Asus’ overclock is supported by the manufacturer and guaranteed stable throughout the card’s entire three-year warranty period.

The GTX560 Ti Top includes mini-to-full HDMI and DVI-to-VGA output adapters, plus a pair of Molex-to-PCIe power cables. Due to the limited power available over the four-pin leads of most power supplies, we don’t recommend using both power adapters simultaneously.

  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Well, one still need to overclock to play Crysis. But who cares, when Crysis 2 is in the wild?
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  • iam2thecrowe
    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
    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 cardsThis 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
    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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