Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Review: GF114 Rises, GF100 Rides Off

Benchmark Results: World Of Warcarft: Cataclysm

After my World of Warcraft: Cataclysm performance story, I started getting more feedback on including World of Warcraft in our regular graphics card reviews, so here it is. Also, I wanted to do some follow-up work on multi-card scaling, since that wasn’t working as intended when the game launched. I’ll go into more depth on that in the following page.

As far as standard single-card performance goes, the results here align pretty closely with what we saw in that prior Cataclysm-oriented piece. The difference is that we’re running the game as it ships—in DirectX 9 mode (rather than with the experimental DX11 code path, which improves performance further). As in that piece, though, Nvidia’s cards do really well—the GeForce GTX 570 and 560 Ti take the top two spots across the board.

AMD’s Radeon HD 6950 trades blows with the GeForce GTX 470 in third place, and the rest of the field falls in below those two cards. It’s worth noting that if you’re rocking a Radeon HD 5870, it climbs to fourth-place at 2560x1600, just under the Radeon HD 6950. Again, the value of Cypress is still very apparent.

I went ahead and added Radeon HD 4870 X2 numbers here as well, for anyone with an older DirectX 10-class board. As you can see, the old flagship is still capable of running with the big boys, even at 2560x1600 at Ultra quality. And—oh, I guess that gives away the big news about multi-card scaling, doesn’t it? At any rate, the 4870 X2 does have a bit of a problem at Ultra quality using AMD’s latest beta driver…

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  • rebus_forever
    so, wont be swapping my 5870 out anytime soon then.
  • Griffolion
    rebus_foreverso, wont be swapping my 5870 out anytime soon then.

    Hehe, it's still a potent card so i don't think there's much need!
  • giefster
    I am still running a GTX 260. Would it be better to get another GTX 260 (I have a SLI mobo) or buy one GTX 560 Ti?
  • Rab1d-BDGR
    Did I miss the temperature graphs? How hot do they get?

    giefsterI am still running a GTX 260. Would it be better to get another GTX 260 (I have a SLI mobo) or buy one GTX 560 Ti?

    Adding a second card draws much more power so it could end up more expensive if you need to get a decent power supply, it depends what you already have in your system. The 560 will probably cost about £100 more than a second 260, though do shop around. In terms of performance, extra cards don't always scale very well and they can have compatibility issues with some (usually older) games so considering this, DirectX 11 support and the power draw I would personally spend the extra on the single 560 Ti, but it is your cash - if you definitely have a good enough power supply already then dual 260s is a pretty respectable configuration and should see you steady for a good amount of time with minimal expenditure.
  • giefster
    Thanks for your input Rab1d-BDGR. I will get a 560Ti. Cheers.