Archive Home arrow Reviews: arrow Video Cards arrow EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video Card E-mail
Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards
Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Video Card
Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX2
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
Overclocking and Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Conclusion

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video Card Review

Replacing the GeForce GTX 470 is NVIDIA's Fermi GF114-based GeForce GTX 560 Titanium, a tuned variant of GF104.

It's been nearly a decade since NVIDIA last used the Titanium moniker on one of their product, and for those who can still recall how the GeForce 4 series was revision of the previous series the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti will make perfect sense. Replacing the GeForce GTX 470 video card in the current product stack, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a tuned GF114 GPU that finally delivers a full GF104 Fermi architecture. The original GF104 GPU offered seven of eight possible Streaming Multiprocessors (SM) with the GeForce GTX 460 video card, and now NVIDIA returns to enable that last SM to make even more cores available to GF114, now 384 compared to 336. Keeping with tradition, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses an identical SM configuration as the GeForce GTX 460. Each SM still offers 48 CUDA cores, four dispatch units, and eight texture/special function units. Besides including the eighth and final SM on the GPU, what's different is the myriad of transistor-level changes to improve power efficiency and in turn allowed for significantly faster clock speeds. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (model 01G-P3-1561-AR) against an entire market of graphics card options.

Fierce competition between NVIDIA and AMD have allowed PC gamers to enjoy the best graphics hardware ever developed for desktop computers. NVIDIA continues to update their product family, and now offers the GeForce GTX 560 to join ranks with the GTX 570 and 580 video cards. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is intended to wow gamers in much the same way that their GeForce GTX 460 series did, but at a much higher level of performance. Packed with all eight SMs, the GF114 GPU is clocked to 822/1644 MHz on base models and 850/1700 on the EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR
model, with a 1GB GDDR5 onboard video frame buffer riding the traditional 256-bit memory bus at at 1026 MHz. Some of NVIDIA's other add-in card (AIC) partners have received specially picked GPUs capable of achieving 1000 MHz. The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti sample we've received shares some of the same headroom, and was able to overclock with only a very small voltage bump. All of this adds up to more potential performance for gamers, and some serious enthusiast credibility for overclockers.

EVGA-GeForce-GTX-560Ti-Video-Card.jpg

NVIDIA targets the GeForce GTX 560 Ti at upper-segment mainstream users willing to spend $250 on their discrete graphics. We use the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available, graphical frame rate performance is tested against a large collection of competing desktop products. Using the DirectX-9 API that is native to Windows XP, we've compared products with Mafia II. Some older DirectX-10 favorites such as Crysis Warhead and PCMark Vantage are included, as well as newer DirectX-11 titles such as: Aliens vs Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, BattleForge, Lost Planet 2, Metro 2033, Tom Clancy's HAWX2, and the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark. Built to deliver the best possible graphical experience at its price point, EVGA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti video card delivers top-end frame rates with outstanding efficiency. We've even tested the GeForce GTX 560 Ti to confirm if it will play Call of Duty: Black Ops with every quality setting configured to maximum levels.

Good things come to those who patiently wait, and the GeForce GTX 560 Titanium proves this. There's no easy way to compare the current SM assignment to past Fermi architectures because the formula changes between generations. Anyone who tries to claim that GF114 is a fully SM-equipped version of the GF104 has lost touch with the very essence of Fermi, in that it's configuration is modular. So then it is also unfair to compare the original GF100 generation of Fermi architecture to another like the GeForce GF110 series; especially since the ratio of shaders and texture units per SM has changed to favor modern video games more than it crunches CUDA calculations. As a direct result, GeForce GTX 560 Ti (and all other GF11x GPUs) outperform their predecessors clock for clock and watt for watt in PC video games.

Manufacturer: EVGA, Inc.
Product Name: GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Titanium)
Model Number: 01G-P3-1561-AR
Suggested Retail Price: $259.99 at Newegg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by EVGA.



 

Comments 

 
# Nice Pricerealneil 2011-01-25 08:11
I like it,...it's a good performer for the money, and two of them together would be formidable.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardShakey 2011-01-25 11:22
So, 9" for the card - how much do the PCI-E connectors add to the length? And is this going to run on a 450W PSU?

Been holding out on my Sandy Bridge Mini-ITX system until this card shows up, and I'm set on using the Sugo SG05-450. If this card will fit and can be powered by the 450W Strider then it's going in, otherwise I'm going GTX 460 instead.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardKerel 2011-01-25 14:04
I`m lookin @ this card for a same build as you do(SG06-450(looks better than SG05 (i think))).
There are also manufacturers with custom build coolers and pcb`s that put the PCI-E connectors on the side.
I know Asus, MSI and Gigabyte do. They should fit in these cases.
All reference cards have the PCI-E connectors facing rearwards
As for the power caracteristics Nvidia advises a 500watt minimum.
But the high quality 450watt 80plus bronse powersupply fitted in these cases should be easy enough for these cards.

I would not worry about it. Good luck with your build

Good luck with your build!
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardOlin Coles 2011-01-25 14:32
It depends on the PSU brand, but I think that adding one more inch would be a safe consideration. As for your PSU, it's difficult to say if 450W will be enough because I have no idea what else you're running. Besides, the review has already stated NVIDIA's recommendation for a 500W PSU.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardShakey 2011-01-25 14:52
I did see NVIDIA's recommendation which is why I asked the question - recommendations generally are higher than actual requirements to give the manufacturer some breathing space if a user tries to run their kit to the wire.

As far as the rest of the kit goes, here's the full proposed spec:

Core i5 2400
Gigabyte H67N-USB3 Mini-ITX board
2x4GB DDR3 RAM (more than likely a 1.5V kit)
GTX 560
OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD
WD Scorpio Black 500GB HDD
Slimline Blu-Ray/DVD-RW
Antec Kuhler H20 630 OR Prolimatech Samuel 17 with AP121 Air Penetrator
NO overclocking at all (H67 chipset obviously), undervolting where/if possible.

The PSU that's in the SG05-450 is Silverstone' Strider ST45SF 450W
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardOlin Coles 2011-01-25 15:15
Does that Silverstone Strider ST45SF 450W PSU have dual PCI-E connections? It should be enough wattage overall, but I wouldn't suggest using a Molex-to-PCIe adapter... it might overload the PCI-E rail.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardShakey 2011-01-25 17:17
Sure does, 1 PCI-E 6 pin and 1 PCI-E 6+2 pin.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardOlin Coles 2011-01-25 17:19
This it should work just fine. Good luck!
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardShakey 2011-01-25 17:26
Thanks!

Just have to wait for card and motherboard availability now. Hopefully the Kuhler won't be long either so I can get some benches on that. Antec's promo video wasn't too impressive (4.2GHz 980X averaging 83 degrees at 100% load is NOT cool), but it's not like Sandy Bridge is all that toasty.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardKerel 2011-01-25 14:08
MSI does not habe the PCI-E connectors on the side.
Sorry for the wrong information
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardShakey 2011-01-25 14:20
Thanks Kerel

There was a Sugo SG05 build that crammed in a GTX 280 a few years back. Although Silverstone state that the SG05 can take 9" cards, there's a bit of extra space (half inch I think) between the chassis and the front panel if you dremel out a hole and he put his PCI-E cables in that space.

I may do that if push comes to shove, but I'll hang on for a bit to see if Palit/Gainward do a shorter version like they did with the GTX 460, or wait for more GTX 560s to hit the shelves and see who puts the connectors on the top/side.

As an aside, I don't like the front of the SG06 - I love the aluminium face and having the fan inlets on the side, but bending back in for the optical drive just gives is a stupid bump IMO - what was wrong with a perfectly flat front? Just scootch the optical drive forward a bit and you're done.

Depending on how crazy I feel, I may get the SG05 front panel duplicated in brushed aluminium lol
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardKerel 2011-01-25 14:35
I`ve just seen an Palit version with a 7.5" PCB and the PCI connectors on the side(@ hardwareheaven)
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardRobert 2011-01-26 17:48
I have a question about the wattage issue for SLI. Currently i have an 850W Antec TPQ-850. I have my CPU (i7 930) OC'd to 4.01GHz @ 1.27V. My RAM is at 1526mhz @ 1.64V and QPI/DRAM voltage @ 1.37v. Now if i were to upgrade to the GTX 560 SLI. Would i have to replace my PSU to a stronger wattage? Currently i have 2 250 GTS's in SLI.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardOlin Coles 2011-01-26 17:51
It might be close, but I think you'll be okay with two 560's in SLI. If you decide to go forward on this plan, come back and let us know how it worked. This will help others who are thinking of the same thing.
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video CardRobert 2011-01-26 18:07
Alright. Well i might not be the first one. They just came out yesterday and I'm playing for a ski trip to vermont and 2 guitars so i might be a couple months before i get them :p Someone mind get them before me.
Report Comment
 
 
# Seems BiasedAli 2011-01-27 04:51
First of all, m not native english but i will try my best to convey what i percieve after reading this review. .. . .
In this review I found GTX560 winning the race in most of the benchmarks against HD 6950 but on other reviewing sites i find HD 6950 to be equally comparable with GTX560. I dont know the reason why ...
and secondly in this review HD6950 used was of 2GB version while there is a cheaper 1 GB version also available in the market.
Resolutions used in the tests were favorable to 1GB framebuffer. 2 GB is goin to benefit if u are playing at higher resolutions or at tripple monitor setup ... so my point is when talkin abt pricing why didnt the cheaper version mentione ...
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video Cardflakefrost 2011-02-01 23:36
very nice... it's certainly a step up from my old 4200ti
Report Comment
 

Comments have been disabled by the administrator.

Search Benchmark Reviews
QNAP Network Storage Servers

Follow Benchmark Reviews on FacebookReceive Tweets from Benchmark Reviews on Twitter