MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Video Card Review

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Introduction

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.

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table and NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table tutorials.   

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the NVIDIA reference model for the GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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