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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

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Beginning with frame rate performance, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti video card demonstrated to us that NVIDIA has tuned the GF114 well enough to easily replace the GeForce GTX 470 series. At the 850 MHz reference speed, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti performed nicely against higher-priced competition. Able to tap another 100 MHz from the GF114 GPU, each game we tested received a 5.2-10.7% boost to frame rate performance. The GTX 560 Titanium beats ATI's Radeon HD 5870 in Aliens vs Predator and Metro 2033 at the more expensive $280 price point, and then goes on to challenge the next price market segment with success. Priced at $300, the AMD Radeon HD 6950 succumbs to the GTX 560 Ti in 3DMark Vantage New Calico, Crysis Warhead, Battlefield Bad Company 2, BattleForge, Lost Planet 2, and Unigine Heaven 2.1. Clearly, the GTX 560 Ti is a video card series with the same value:performance potential that made the GTX 460 a popular choice for budget gamers.

DirectX-9 games performed extremely well with all of the setting turned up high and played at 1920x1200 resolution. Mafia-II with SSAO easily pushed 50 FPS with PhysX turned off, and kept pace with the slightly more expensive Radeon HD 5870. Call of Duty: Black Ops was easily tweaked to use the highest settings possible, and had extremely fluid performance during action-packed multiplayer games. In DirectX 10 game tests, Crysis Warhead kept an average 28 FPS and edged out the much more expensive AMD Radeon 6950 video card. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 used 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering, and yet the GTX 560 Ti still pushed past 70 FPS and dominated the Radeon HD 6950. DirectX 11 Aliens vs Predator puts the GeForce GTX 560 Ti at 31 FPS on average, matching performance with the Radeon 5870. Lost Planet 2 required 2x AA in order to produce 40 FPS frame rates, but still surpassed the Radeon HD 5870 and 6850 by more than 7 FPS. Metro 2033 isn't a game for mainstream graphics, yet the GTX 560 Ti was still able to play with 24 FPS on average.

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Appearance is a more subjective matter since the rating doesn't have benchmark scores to fall back on. Partners traditionally offer their own unique twist on the design, with improved cooling solutions and colorful fan shroud designs. This might not happen with the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, because the video card operates so efficiently that improving an already effective cooling solution would be superfluous. The reference design allows nearly all of the heated air to externally exhaust outside of the computer case, which could be critically important to overclockers wanting the best possible environment for their computer hardware. This deeply concaved plastic shroud and raised fan help preserve the Fermi GF114 GPU in SLI sets. Overall, the GTX 560 Ti might not look as tough as the GTX 570/580, but it looks just nearly identical to the GTX 460.

If NVIDIA was accurate in pricing the GeForce GTX 560 Titanium at the $250 price point, they've done well to attack a hole in the market. Heading into February 2011, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 still sells for $280 at its best while the AMD Radeon HD 6950 sells for $300. Since the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti often compete with both of these cards in terms of FPS performance, this could be the GTX 460 all over again for mid-range bargain shoppers. As of 25 January 2011, Newegg sells the EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR model for $259.99. Newegg also lists the faster EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR model for $279.99.

In summary, the GF114 GPU inside the EVGA GTX 560 Titanium is the perfect replacement for the now end-of-life GTX 470. Because this product is named similarly to the GTX 460 from the previous generation, consumers might think that this is a mainstream graphics card. Considering the price and performance, it's safer to consider the GTX 560 series as a solid part of the upper midrange market segment and allow the upcoming GeForce GTS 550 to prove itself worthy of mainstream praise and prices. Still, by matching performance with the more expensive options, it won't be long before the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti does one of two things: become a sought-after $250 product or have the price increased to match the competition.

So what do you think of EVGA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti video card? Leave comments below, or ask questions in our Forum.

Pros:

+ Plenty of overclocking headroom for enthusiasts!
+ Outperforms Radeon HD 5870 and 6950 video card
+ Great performance for ultra high-end games
+ Much lower power consumption vs GTX 470
+ Reduced heat output and cooling fan noise
+ Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case
+ Includes native HDMI audio/video output
+ Adds 32x CSAA post-processing detail
+ Supports dual-card SLI functionality
+ Adds GDDR5 Error Correcting Code (ECC)

Cons:

- Premium-priced mainstream product


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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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