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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

Fermi GF114 GPU Overclocking

AMD and NVIDIA already stretch their GPUs pretty thin in terms of overclocking head room, but there's a difference between thin and non-existent. In this section, Benchmark Reviews overclocks the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti video card using MSI's free Afterburner utility. The MSI Afterburner "Graphics Card Performance Booster" application offers several adjustable variables to reach the desired overclock, and allows for voltage changes (increase/decrease). The aim of this project is to push the Fermi GF110 GPU as far as it could go without any extra power applied. Beginning with the maximum stable GPU clock speed, I slowly increased the settings until I began to see screen tearing or the Forceware driver crashed. Once I reached the most stable GPU speeds, I put the video card back into action with high-demand video games for additional benchmark tests. Here are those results:

Fermi GF114 GPU Overclocking Results

Test Item Standard GPU Overclocked GPU/RAM Improvement
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 850/1700 MHz 950/1900 MHz 128/256 MHz
DX9+SSAO: Mafia II 49.7 53.1 3.4 FPS (6.8%)
DX10: 3dMark Jane Nash 28.2 30.5 2.3 FPS (8.2%)
DX10: 3dMark Calico 23.9 26.0 2.1 FPS (8.8%)
DX10: Crysis Warhead 28 31 3 FPS (10.7%)
DX11: Aliens vs Predator 30.7 32.3

1.6 FPS (5.2%)

DX11: Battlefield BC2 70.4 74.7 4.3 FPS (6.1%)
DX11: Metro 2033 23.6 25.4 1.8 FPS (7.6%)
DX11: Heaven 2.1 33.7 36.1 2.4 FPS (7.1%)

Overclocking Summary: NVIDIA intentionally 'overbuilt' the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with plenty of headroom for overclockers. While our testing kept stock power levels, most users (and several AIC partners) will offer over-volted versions of this product. Our test results show a 5.2-10.7% average increase in performance (at 1920x1200 resolution), which usually amounts to an added 3+ FPS in games. In comparison, an overclocked GeForce GTX 580 increased performance to 4.0-7.3% in video frame rates, while the AMD Radeon HD 6870 was limited to 6.5-9.3%. This reinforces the notion that higher-end processors have the least amount of headroom, but every extra frame translates into an advantage over your enemy.

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Temperatures

Benchmark tests are always nice, so long as you care about comparing one product to another. But when you're an overclocker, gamer, or merely a PC hardware enthusiast who likes to tweak things on occasion, there's no substitute for good information. Benchmark Reviews has a very popular guide written on Overclocking Video Cards, which gives detailed instruction on how to tweak a graphics cards for better performance. Of course, not every video card has overclocking head room. Some products run so hot that they can't suffer any higher temperatures than they already do. This is why we measure the operating temperature of the video card products we test.

NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-560Ti-Heatsink.jpg

To begin my testing, I use GPU-Z to measure the temperature at idle as reported by the GPU. Next, I use a modified version of FurMark's "Torture Test" to defeat NVIDIA's power monitoring and generate the maximum thermal load. This allows us to record absolute maximum GPU temperatures at high-power 3D mode. The ambient room temperature remained at a stable 20°C throughout testing. FurMark does two things extremely well: drives the thermal output of any graphics processor much higher than any video games realistically could, and it does so with consistency every time. Furmark works great for testing the stability of a GPU as the temperature rises to the highest possible output. The temperatures discussed below are absolute maximum values, and not representative of real-world temperatures while gaming:

Video Card Idle Temp Loaded Temp Ambient
ATI Radeon HD 5850 39°C 73°C 20°C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 26°C 65°C 20°C
AMD Radeon HD 6850 42°C 77°C 20°C
AMD Radeon HD 6870 39°C 74°C 20°C
ATI Radeon HD 5870 33°C 78°C 20°C
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 28°C 79°C 20°C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 32°C 82°C 20°C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 32°C 70°C 20°C

Although the GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses all eight Streaming Multiprocessors on the GF114 GPU, the temperatures certainly don't show it. Resting idle at only 28°C in a 20°C room, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti nearly matches the GTX 460 as the coolest running video card we've recently tested. Once the GPU was stressed to 100% with Furmark the differences began to surface. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti produced 79°C under full load (measured at 20°C ambient after ten minutes), which is only 3°C lower than a GTX 580 and equal to the ATI Radeon HD 5870.



 

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# 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.
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# 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.
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# 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!
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# 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.
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# 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
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# 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.
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# 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.
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# 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!
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# 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.
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# 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
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# 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
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# 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)
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# 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.
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# 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.
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# 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.
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# 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 ...
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# 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
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