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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

VGA Power Consumption

For power consumption tests, Benchmark Reviews utilizes an 80-PLUS GOLD certified OCZ Z-Series Gold 850W PSU, model OCZZ850. This power supply unit has been tested to provide over 90% typical efficiency by Chroma System Solutions. To measure isolated video card power consumption, Benchmark Reviews uses the Kill-A-Watt EZ (model P4460) power meter made by P3 International.

A baseline measurement is taken without any video card installed on our test computer system, which is allowed to boot into Windows 7 and rest idle at the login screen before power consumption is recorded. Once the baseline reading has been taken, the graphics card is installed and the system is again booted into Windows and left idle at the login screen before taking the idle reading. Our final loaded power consumption reading is taken with the video card running a stress test using FurMark. Below is a chart with the isolated video card power consumption (system without video card minus measured total) displayed in Watts for each specified test product:

Video Card Power Consumption by Benchmark Reviews

VGA Product Description

(sorted by combined total power)

Idle Power

Loaded Power

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 SLI Set
82 W
655 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Reference Design
53 W
396 W
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Reference Design
100 W
320 W
AMD Radeon HD 6990 Reference Design
46 W
350 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Reference Design
74 W
302 W
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Reference Design
39 W
315 W
ATI Radeon HD 5970 Reference Design
48 W
299 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Reference Design
25 W
321 W
ATI Radeon HD 4850 CrossFireX Set
123 W
210 W
ATI Radeon HD 4890 Reference Design
65 W
268 W
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reference Design
21 W
311 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 Reference Design
42 W
278 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Reference Design
31 W
246 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Reference Design
31 W
241 W
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Reference Design
25 W
240 W
ATI Radeon HD 6970 Reference Design
24 W
233 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 Reference Design
36 W
219 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Reference Design
14 W
243 W
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 11139-00-40R
73 W
180 W
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Reference Design
85 W
186 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Reference Design
10 W
275 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Reference Design
9 W
256 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Reference Design
35 W
225 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (216) Reference Design
42 W
203 W
ATI Radeon HD 4870 Reference Design
58 W
166 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Reference Design
17 W
199 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Reference Design
18 W
167 W
AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design
20 W
162 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Reference Design
14 W
167 W
ATI Radeon HD 5850 Reference Design
24 W
157 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Reference Design
8 W
164 W
AMD Radeon HD 6850 Reference Design
20 W
139 W
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Reference Design
31 W
133 W
ATI Radeon HD 4770 RV740 GDDR5 Reference Design
37 W
120 W
ATI Radeon HD 5770 Reference Design
16 W
122 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Reference Design
22 W
115 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Reference Design
12 W
112 W
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Reference Design
9 W
70 W
* Results are accurate to within +/- 5W.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti surprised us with chilly idle and lukewarm loaded temperatures (previous section), but the surprises keep coming as we measure power consumption. All reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti video cards will require two 6-pin PCI-E power connections for proper operation. Resting at idle with no GPU load, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti consumed a mere 17W - identical to the GTX 460 by our measure. Compensating for a small margin of error, this also roughly matches idle power draw from the ATI Radeon HD 5770 and AMD Radeon HD 6850. Compared to the GeForce GTX 470 for which it replaces, the GTX 560 Ti is nearly 176% more efficient at idle.

Once 3D-applications begin to demand power from the GPU, electrical power consumption climbs. Because the GeForce GTX 500-series uses new hardware power monitoring technology not included on previous GeForce models, we've had to work around the power-throttling effects enabled when using FurMark or OCCT. To do so, we merely renamed Furmark.exe to renamed.exe and changed some file names and locations. Measured at full throttle with FurMark's 3D torture load, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti topped out at 199W maximum power draw. NVIDIA's stated max TDP is 170W, measured as maximum power draw in real world applications. Our measurements are absolute maximums, since Furmark is not representative of real-world gaming power draw.



 

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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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