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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - A New Titan Rises

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - A New Titan Rises

Test Setup

Test Setup

We will be evaluating the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti using our X58 test system which has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 OCZ memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Judging from paper specifications, we fully expect the GeForce GTX 560 Ti to outperform the older GTX 460, thanks to its superior number of CUDA cores and higher clock speeds. The question is, how much? And since it is set to replace the GeForce GTX 470, it’ll be interesting to see how the cards matches up as well. Also, we’ve also included results from other mainstream to high-end cards such as the GeForce GTX 570, AMD Radeon HD 6870, HD 6850, and even the old HD 5850.

As for the two custom cards, we’re expecting it to perform appreciably better than the reference card from NVIDIA, thanks to their boosted clock speeds. And considering they have similar clock speeds, we expect them to be very competitive where raw framerate counts are concerned, however, it will be interesting to see how they perform in terms of cooling efficiency and overclockability.

Here's a quick look at the three cards clock speeds:

Cards Core Clock Speed Shader Clock Speed Memory Clock Speed
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 822MHz 1644MHz 4008MHz DDR
ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DC II TOP 900MHz 1800MHz 4200MHz DDR
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic 900MHz 1800MHz 4200MHz DDR

The full list of cards tested and driver versions used:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 (ForceWare 266.56 )
  • ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP (ForceWare 266.56)
  • Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic (ForceWare 266.56)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (ForceWare 263.09)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 (ForceWare 263.09)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 (ForceWare 263.09)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 (Catalyst 10.12)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 (Catalyst 10.12)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 (Catalyst 10.9)

The full list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Warhammer: Dawn of War 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Hawx 2
  • “Heaven" from Unigine v2.1
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat