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Written by Bruce Normann   
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI N560GTX-Ti GeForce Video Card
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Detailed Features
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis
DX10: Just Cause 2
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Aliens vs. Predator
DX11: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
DX11: DiRT-2 Demo
DX11: H.A.W.X. 2
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: METRO 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Conclusion

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Review

History always repeats itself, and NVIDIA is hoping for a repeat performance with their new GTX 560 Ti video card. They've applied the same tweaks to the GF104 GPU that brought the high-end Fermi cards back from the dead, and now have the GF114 in place to do battle in the upper mid-market. NVIDIA launched the GTX 460 about six months ago, and it has been the darling of the gaming community since then. With performance per mm2 and per watt numbers that put the first Fermi chips to shame, it deserves all the success it has enjoyed. It was also an amazing overclocker, so its performance profile is hard to pin down and it's a moving target from a marketing perspective.

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It's hard to say that the GTX 560 Ti represents what the GTX 460 should have been at its launch, because the GTX 460 was such a success. The key to this achievement was largely pricing, though. At a price point that significantly undercut the Radeon HD 5850, it offered similar performance on older titles and crushed it in any wrestling match that involved heavy tessellation. The GTX 560 Ti does the same thing to the new crop of Radeon cards, slotting in at the HD 6870 price level, but offering better performance.

MSI is also repeating the same steps they used with the GTX 460 to capture the interest of graphics overclocking enthusiasts. Their Twin Frozr II design offered a massive upgrade in performance compared to the stock cooling scheme, and it helped achieve a world record of 1.0 GHz on air cooling for the GTX 460. Fast forward to this week and MSI has launched an upgraded GTX 560 Ti video card at the same time that the reference design is hitting the market. The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC model offers up a modest 7% factory overclock, but I'm guessing there's more where that came from. Benchmark Reviews takes full advantage of MSI's hardware upgrade, as we explore the full potential of NVIDIA's latest midrange marvel on our test bed.

Manufacturer: Micro-Star Int'l Co., Ltd (MSI)
Product Name: N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
Model Number: 912-V238-065
Price As Tested: $249.99

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



 

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# latest hardware ?no1 2011-01-31 05:02
before a harsh word let me tell u that i visit this site every day as its one of the best out there . thats why lack of hd6950 or hd 6970 in ur tests upsets me so much , especially cuz im about to take a plunge either directon - hd6950 crossfire or gtx560 sli ....
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# advicebee 2011-01-31 05:51
oh and please replace hd5870 with hd6970 and gtx480 with gtx580 ......just to be fair
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# Patience.....BruceBruce 2011-01-31 06:44
HD 6950 is on the test bench right now. HD 6970 is not really a competitor, nor is the GTX 580. BTW, you know all of those cards have been reviewed already on this site. And if you're looking at multi-GPU solutions, the differences between our test systems is pretty much lost in the noise.
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# Twin Frozr II with Raven-2 case?HG 2011-01-31 08:22
Hi,

Would like to know if the Twin Frozr II kind of cooling system will work fine in upright position in the Raven-2 case?

Thank you.
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# RE: Twin Frozr II with Raven-2 case?Olin Coles 2011-01-31 08:40
It should work the same, essentially. The Raven 2 (which I have) works better for some kinds of cards (depending on heat-pipe layout), or the same as horizontal with other cards.
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# YesBruceBruce 2011-01-31 08:54
There will be no impact to the video card cooling when used in the vertical orientation. OTOH, I really think the Raven was designed for cards that have a radial blower wheel and an exhaust on trhe I/O plate where most of the hot air is expelled. But, most cards with an axial fan will work OK in the Raven. I would recommend putting the video card in the PCI-E slot that's closest to the CPU. That way you get the most cool air coming up to the fan intakes on the video card.

The biggest difference will be the internal ambient case temperature, which will be slightly higher with this type of video card cooler.
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# Twin Frozr II with Raven-2 case?HG 2011-01-31 16:44
Hi all,

Thanks for the advise. Yeah, I know that Raven-2 design is more for the radial blower type of cards and there are very limited models from where I am, sigh. I am upgrading to SLI cards and I am looking for other options on optimum air cooling, price & performance.

Thanks guys.
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# MSI 560 TIARIKO 2011-12-16 07:55
Hi there ! I'm msi since many years (GF5), msi rulez !!!

I suggest preferences for the MSI GTX 560 Ti HAWK (950Mhz - Twin frozer III )
for some euros more you ve got a really good board !
I bought it on summer 2O11 when it was hot days, i never go more than 71 after 1 hour full load ! Now it run a 35 idle and 50 full game running ( warhammer spacemarine or X3 terran conflict for exemple or Wolfenstein E.T. using 32x and high resolution setting.

I run it under W7 and Fedora 16, pure happy time :)

Choose well and have fun :)

ARIKO
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