|MSI N560GTX-Ti GeForce Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Sunday, 30 January 2011|
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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.
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)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by MSI.