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Written by Servando Silva   
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Video Card
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Features
Closer Look: ASUS GTX 560 Ti
ENGTX560 Ti Detailed Features
ASUS ENGTX560 Ti Software
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: Aliens vs. Predator
DX11: BattleForge
DX10: Just Cause 2
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
Overclocking
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS ENGTX560 Ti Conclusion

ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Review

Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc
Product Name: GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Model Number: ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5
Price As Tested: $249.99 at Newegg

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

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the new boom in the "mid-end" sector. It replaces the highly overclock-able GTX 460 video card and adds extra MHz and cores increasing 20-40% performance in many games. As it could be expected, brands like ASUS, GIGABYTE or MSI will pair this GPU with a special heatsink-cooler and increase factory frequencies to sell it at a higher price. Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP. DCII means this card now comes with an improved version of the Direct CU cooler, now with 2 fans and adding dissipation area. They also tag this product as TOP because it sports a 900MHz GPU core instead of the 822MHz from the reference design and 1050MHz instead of 1000MHz from stock. Aside from that, ASUS also bundles their very own overclocking/monitoring software to modify frequency and voltage values and add some extra performance for free. Let's have a look at the ASUS ENGTX560 Ti and check if it can be a good contender against the competition, including the highly acclaimed GeForce GTX 460.

While it's difficult to say the GTX 560 Ti is good enough to replace the GTX 460 GPU, it might be because of the facts and the present conditions surrounding this launch. The GTX 460 is an excellent GPU, but the fact that all the rest of the Fermi 4x0 family was highly disappointing in terms of heat and power consumption was something that helped a lot to push the GTX 460 where it's currently positioned. It achieved great performance levels surpassing the HD5850 in many occasions, especially when enabling Tessellation and I assume something important was the superb overclocking capabilities which could render into a GPU faster than the HD 5870. SLI vs. CFX scaling performance was also a big deal, where many users preferred to buy a pair of GTX460 and put them in SLI than paying more for the GTX 480 or a CFX array of HD 5870s.

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Right now the conditions are a little bit different. AMD launched their HD 6800 series and they compete very close below and ahead the GTX 460. They also had the 6900 series launched before the GTX 560 Ti, and even cared to launch the HD 6950 1GB edition the same day Nvidia announced the GTX 560 Ti. Even that, at a $249 MSRP, the GTX 560 Ti performs better that the HD 6870 which now sits at $219 and competes very close with the HD 6950 1GB Radeon video card ($270). The ENGTX 560 Ti DCII TOP model offers up a modest 9% factory overclock, but I'm guessing there's more where that came from. Benchmark Reviews takes full advantage of ASUS hardware and software upgrades, as we explore the full potential of NVIDIA's latest midrange marvel on our test bed.



 

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# nice lookingRealNeil 2011-02-14 04:51
That's a damn good looking card, and I'm not speaking to the three sexy red stripes either. It just looks very functional.
(be back after I read this)
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# RE: nice lookingServando Silva 2011-02-14 09:05
That's true. Sadly, you won't be that happy after reading the "Temperatures & Overclocking" section though...
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# RE: RE: nice lookingAdam 2011-02-14 12:43
That's strange considering that the previous Direct CU was pretty decent compared to the stock heatsink. Wonder if perhaps this one was poorly seated, or they might have just #ed up the design this time round.
Shame, I like ASUS normally.
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# RE: RE: RE: nice lookingServando Silva 2011-02-14 13:12
I re-installed the heatsink and changed TIM but results are the same. Other sites have tested this model and even if they don't get such bad results, it falls behind MSI, eVGA and GIGABYTE's solutions.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: nice lookingAlejandro 2011-09-22 09:20
The card gets hot because the "Auto" option in ASUS Smart Doctor doesn't work, it just keeps the fans running at ~1100RPM even when in load, I've found that manually setting the speed for certain ranges of temperature keeps it well under 65C
Hope this helps, I have this card and it's plain awesome :D
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# eggegg chan 2012-08-17 16:53
because it's a 800mhz gpu, 1000mhz gddr5, card that's been overclocked to 900mhz, 1050mhz

wtf do you really expect?

a new gpu and mem with the same name on the card?

it is the same card with a new bios and higher clocks no TOP written anywhere but the packaging

hmmm how can we sell the left over stock and still make a prophet
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# WOowHWMSTR 2011-02-14 06:16
The card is really cool!! I wanna have it! But its too expensive for a high school student like me..T_T
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# CoolElite360 2011-03-02 09:04
I am getting it by the end of this mont h and I am in high school aswell.
My PC is amazing, bet it is better than yours.
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# @Elite360Shane 2011-03-03 22:14
We can tell your in high school, but don't gloat about what you've got, because theirs always something better.
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# Will it underclock itself in idle?lowpoxm 2011-03-28 13:01
I just bought this card.
I do have a major headache though. When I run CPU-Z or ASUS smart doctor, it says the GPU clock is only running at 830MHz and the shader at 1660MHz.
Anyone knows if it will underclock itself in idle mode?
I am getting desperate because it IS the ?TOP? version of the card. And I can?t find an answer anywhere.
I haven?t had the time to test if with furmark or anything like that.
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# RE: Will it underclock itself in idle?Olin Coles 2011-03-28 13:31
Yes, in idle mode all video cards turn the GPU clocks down to conserve energy.
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# RE: RE: Will it underclock itself in idle?lowpoxm 2011-03-28 23:28
Nice!
I really hope that?s the case with this card as well!
I haven?t been able to find that info anywhere else.......
I was really bumbed out, because it seemed like I payed for the "TOP" version of the card, but only got the stock one.

But I don?t get it, if that?s the case. Why do they even make a "top" version of the card?
If the stock version will overclock itself as well.
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# RE: RE: RE: Will it underclock itself in idle?Olin Coles 2011-03-29 08:45
Every video card does this. Once you use a program/game that forces 3D mode, the GPU clock speed returns to whatever it's been set to. Turning the GPU clock down during idle helps save electricity.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Will it underclock itself in idle?lowpoxm 2011-03-30 00:23
Well, I had furmark running at the max settings for 5 mins, logged the data with GPU-Z, and the speed remained the same at all time.......
So the card I received is the stock version, even though the box says "TOP"
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# RE: ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Video CardServando Silva 2011-04-01 06:02
Check out the VGA Consumption section to read more about different load frequencies.
In idle mode it should underclock far more than that.
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# RE: ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Video CardZmol 2011-11-05 08:05
Bought one, but returned it the same day as IT SOUNDS LIKE A HAIR DRYER and it runs hot.

35% fan speed: inaudible
40%: humming
50%: high pitch humming/whining
65-100%: HIGH PITCHED SCREAMING

Got a Gigabyte OC card instead. 900mhz also. Don't hear it untill 60% and even then it's just an air-noise as opposed to screeching and whining
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# RE: ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Video Cardiv 2012-01-22 13:47
-right, a good looking card
-low temp in idle and not impressing temp in full or stress i expected lower because of my case antec 900
-with my e8500 proc i'm pleased by her performance
-is relatively easy to clean her of dust
-as usual the case of this vidcard cannot be removed for a better cleanup
-it not inspire me a solid construction because the pipes are not rigidized with card enough at jonction with uppercooler
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