The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the latest addition to the GeForce GTX 500 series from NVIDIA, coming with a very affordable USD 250 price tag, competing directly with the Radeon HD 6870. The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC is a factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti with a better cooling solution that, believe it or not, comes at the same price point as the standard GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Let’s check it out.
When a new graphics processor is released, typically “manufacturers” (called “partners” by NVIDIA) don’t actually manufacture video cards using the new chip; they buy the cards already assembled from NVIDIA and only add their own sticker, box and product manual. The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC, however, is a nice exception to this rule. Not only it comes with a different cooling solution, but its printed circuit board is actually different from the one used on the reference model.
The reviewed card comes overclocked, with the GPU running at 880 MHz instead of at 822 MHz (7% increase), the processing cores running at 1,760 MHz instead of at 1,644 MHz (7% increase) and memory running at 4.2 GHz (effective) instead of at 4 GHz (5% increase). The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC allows you to increase the GPU voltage, using MSI’s AfterBurner utility.
In the table below we compare the main specs of the video cards included in our review. They are all DirectX 11 parts.
The effective clock rate of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is actually 4,008 MHz.
|Video Card||Core Clock||Shader Clock||Memory Clock (Real)||Memory Clock (Effective)||Memory Interface||Memory Transfer Rate||Memory||Shaders||Price|
|MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/O||880 MHz||1,760 MHz||2.1 GHz||4.2 GHz||256-bit||134.4 GB/s||1 GB GDDR5||384||USD 250|
|GeForce GTX 560 Ti||822 MHz||1,644 MHz||2 GHz||4 GHz||256-bit||128.3 GB/s||1 GB GDDR5||384||USD 250|
|GeForce GTX 570||732 MHz||1,464 MHz||1.9 GHz||3.8 GHz||320-bit||152 GB/s||1.28 GB GDDR5||480||USD 350|
|Radeon HD 5870||850 MHz||850 MHz||2.4 GHz||4.8 GHz||256-bit||153.6 GB/s||1 GB GDDR5||1,600||USD 270 – 290|
|Radeon HD 6870||900 MHz||900 MHz||2.1 GHz||4.2 GHz||256-bit||134.4 GB/s||1 GB GDDR5||1,120||USD 220 – 240|
|Radeon HD 6950||800 MHz||800 MHz||2.5 GHz||5 GHz||256-bit||160 GB/s||2 GB GDDR5||1,408||USD 300|
|Radeon HD 6970||880 MHz||880 MHz||2.75 GHz||5.5 GHz||256-bit||176 GB/s||2 GB GDDR5||1,536||USD 370|
Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.
Now let’s take an in-depth look at the NVIDIA reference model for the GeForce GTX 560 Ti.