Page 1:Not Quite Extreme, Way Beyond Mainstream
Page 2:Asus GTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP
Page 3:Asus SmartDoctor
Page 4:Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC
Page 5:Gigabyte OC Guru
Page 6:Jetway N560-E8-1GV
Page 7:MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC
Page 8:MSI Afterburner
Page 9:Palit GTX560Ti Sonic
Page 10:Palit VTune
Page 11:Sparkle Calibre X560
Page 12:Sparkle SX560T1024D5MH
Page 13:Test Settings
Page 14:Benchmark Results: 3DMark11
Page 15:Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
Page 16:Benchmark Results: Crysis
Page 17:Benchmark Results: F1 2010
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
Page 19:Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
Page 20:Power, Heat, and Noise
Sparkle’s Calibre X560 was the fastest card in today’s roundup at 1000 MHz GPU and GDDR5-4800, and deserves some recognition for that effort. It leads most of our performance charts, edging out the 1000 MHz GDDR5-4580 model from Gigabyte by around 1%.
However, Gigabyte deserves similar credit for packaging its 1000 MHz GPU under a more elegant two-slot cooler, allowing this model to fit more motherboards in single- or dual-card configurations. A 1% performance penalty that saves one slot sounds like a good trade-off to us.
Update (2/23/2011): It's worth noting that these Web-based prices are in a constant state of flux. Since publication, MSI's card has dropped $5, Palit's is down $10, and Sparkle is committing to selling the X560 for $10 less (though it still isn't available). Of course, we're fans of price movements in that direction!
Asus was the only company to offer an overclocked card at the reference card’s price today. The only seller who could match that price with MSI’s card was unfortunately out of stock, and the next-lowest price was $5 higher. Asus also clocks its card higher than MSI for better performance. Anyone looking for an even more aggressive price will likely find “instant rebates” on standard-speed cards, such as Sparkle’s SX560T1024D5MH, though the cost/performance ratio must then be re-evaluated.
Thus, an 8% increase in performance translates directly into an 8% increase in value for Asus’ GTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP 1GB GDDR5. That kind of value leadership deserves an award, in spite of the product’s unwieldy name.
Gigabyte is the value runner-up, despite its higher price, all because if its 10% performance lead over Asus. Yet, we don’t expect Gigabyte’s runner-up status to last long, since Sparkle’s aggressive pricing policy often fosters unscheduled discounts. Either of these cards might have qualified for our most prestigious "Best Of" award, had Asus not shown up with its better overall value.
- Not Quite Extreme, Way Beyond Mainstream
- Asus GTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP
- Asus SmartDoctor
- Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC
- Gigabyte OC Guru
- Jetway N560-E8-1GV
- MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC
- MSI Afterburner
- Palit GTX560Ti Sonic
- Palit VTune
- Sparkle Calibre X560
- Sparkle SX560T1024D5MH
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark11
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Power, Heat, and Noise