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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 Detailed Features

The memory choice for the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC is consistent with the NVIDIA reference designs. The basic GTX 560 specs only require 1,000 MHz chips for the memory, but many cards have been using these Samsung K4G10325FE-HC04 GDDR5 parts, which are designed for up to 1250 MHz. The GTX 460 cards have shown some gains in gaming performance with increases in memory speed, much more so that the ATI HD 5xxx series has. These 1250 MHz versions of this chip have also been mediocre overclockers on the Radeon platform; we'll have to see if they are a little more willing to run wide open with a GeForce GPU in the saddle.

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The layout on the front and back of the printed circuit board is very typical for a high-end video card. The major power supply components are mounted towards the back end of the board, close to the PCI Express power connectors, and they get excellent cooling directly from the rear fan. The lack of any heatsinks on the 12 power MOSFETs in the VRM section is a question mark, but the fact that there are so many of them, means there is more surface area to dissipate heat.

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The main power supply controller chip used on the MSI N560GTX-Ti is a uP6213A chip from UPI Semiconductor. It is a 3/4 Phase PWM control IC that does not support I2C software voltage control, however the BIOS provides its own software control that interfaces with the controller at the hardware level. The VRM section uses 3 of the phases from this controller, and then splits each phase in two, to get a total of six phases for powering the GPU alone. Most of the boards on the market are getting by with the four phases provided by the reference design, and they seem to work well, even with some fairly serious overclocking. All else being equal, doubling up on the phases does give cleaner power to the GPU, and MSI was intent on getting all the performance they could from this little GF114 powerhouse.

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The N560GTX-Ti uses standard discrete packaging for the N-Channel MOSFET power transistors in the VRM section. This discrete implementation gives up the opportunity to save a little space, but it does give the designer a broader choice in component selection, compared to a DrMOS design. MSI put the driver ICs on the back side of the board to free up some additional space here. The 4935N devices driving the GPU can each source a whopping 93A at an ambient temp of 25C, and are downgraded to 59A at 85C. We all know how hot video cards get, so it's a good idea to have plenty of reserve current capacity for these power devices.

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This non-reference card from MSI is more complex than the basic NVIDIA design; but it's still a very straight forward design, without any off-the-wall elements. As such, it has the benefit of all the prior work done on the GTX 460 versions to draw from, including reliability data. Based on the evolutionary nature of the design, the quality of the components, the performance of the Twin Frozr II cooler, and my experience with several recent MSI cards, I expect this card to be very reliable. Every added dollar that went into the redesign went towards making the card faster and more conducive to further overclocking by the customer. It's hard for me to argue with that approach; it's the one I'd be most inclined to take, given a choice.

Before we move into the testing phase of the review, let's take a detailed look at the features and specifications for the new GF114 GPU. NVIDIA has supplied us with a ton of information, so let's go....



 

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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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