The Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Review: Take Off Your Ti

Test Setup And Benchmarks

We’re comparing the GeForce GTX 560 against options below and above it, specifically AMD's Radeon HD 6790, 6850, and 6870, along with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 768 MB, GTX 460 1 GB, and 560 Ti.

Because Nvidia didn't supply us with a sample running at the official reference clock rates, we lowered the frequencies on a factory-overclocked card to represent baseline GeForce GTX 560 performance.

Test Hardware
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), Overclocked to 4.0 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled.
Asus P8P67 Pro, Intel P67 Chipset
OCZ PC3-16000, 2 x 2 GB, 1338 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsZotac GeForce GTX 560 AMP!
950/1900 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 1100 MHz Memory (4400 MT/s effective)*
*clock speed set to reference specification for reference benchmarks

Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP
925/1850 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II
880/1760 MHz Core/Shaders, 1GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)*
*clock speed set to reference specification for benchmarks

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5
725/1450 MHz Core/Shaders, 1 GB 900 MHz Memory (3600 MT/s effective)*
*clock speed set to reference specification for benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 6870
900 MHz Core, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)

AMD Radeon HD 6850
775 MHz Core, 1 GB 1000 MHz Memory (4000 MT/s effective)

AMD Radeon HD 6790
840 MHz Core, 1 GB 1050 MHz Memory (4200 MT/s effective)
Power Supply
ePower EP-1200E10-T2 1200 W, ATX12V, EPS12V
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX 2
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX 11
Graphics Driver
GeForce GTX 560: 275.20 BETA, All Other GeForce: 270.61 WHQL
Radeon: Catalyst 11.4
Crysis 2
Very High Quality setting, No AA, 60 second gameplay, Fraps
Just Cause 2
Medium Quality Settings, Textures High, all options enabled except vsync, No AA / 16xAF, Bokeh filter and GPU water disabled (for Nvidia cards), Concrete Jungle Benchmark
Highest Settings, No AA, 60 second sequence, Fraps
F1 2010
Ultra High Settings, No AA, Steam version, in-game benchmark, DX11 Rendering
Aliens Vs. Predator Benchmark
Texture and Shadow quality set to medium, 8x AF, SSAO off, DX11 tessellation off, DX11 advanced shadows off, 0x AA
Metro 2033
DirectX 11, Medium Detail,  4x AF, tessellation enabled, advanced PhysX disabled.
H.A.W.X. 2
Highest settings, DirectX 11 tessellation enabled, built-in benchmark
3DMark 11
Performance Preset, 1680x1050
Unigine Heaven
Highest settings, no AA, 16x AF, 1680x1050
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  • Anonymous
    quote: If 3D Vision and CUDA support for apps like Premiere Pro CS5 matter to you, Nvidia has the upper hand.
    I bought the Nvidia geforce GTX 560 Ti,actually 2. Even though I am extremely happy with them, i found that they do NOT support CUDA CS5, my previous card was the GTX285, which did support that. As an editor, I miss the direct render a lot. 560 cards do not support direct render with CS5, I wonder if there is a way around this?
  • damian86
    I think the 560ti for a high end card is the best choice,saving a lot of money and power-wise they consume a lot less than others. As it says it can outperform other cards,and in SLI they do a good job, I think I will be happy to spend money on them, actually you can get them for £180 and if you save money then you can get a second one.
    Before I was thinking in buy a 570, but I think I'll consider a 560 ti Sli set due to power consumtion.
  • C Ram_22
  • C Ram_22
    Yeh wat u consider is fine
  • C Ram_22
    560 ti
  • C Ram_22
    Just get what u thnk is best stop hassling me and run this on my tv HOW --root?.
  • samboy09
    Guys, May I ask you if this card comes out with a case decal or sticker that I can put to my case. TNX