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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 DCII TOP Temperatures

Benchmark tests are always nice, so long as you care about comparing one product to another. But when you're an overclocker, gamer, or merely a PC hardware enthusiast who likes to tweak things on occasion, there's no substitute for good information. Benchmark Reviews has a very popular guide written on Overclocking Video Cards, which gives detailed instruction on how to tweak a graphics cards for better performance. Of course, not every video card has overclocking head room. Some products run so hot that they can't suffer any higher temperatures than they already do. This is why we measure the operating temperature of the video card products we test.

To begin my testing, I use GPU-Z to measure the temperature at idle as reported by the GPU. Next I use FurMark's "Torture Test" to generate maximum thermal load and record GPU temperatures at high-power 3D mode. FurMark does two things extremely well: drive the thermal output of any graphics processor much higher than any video games realistically could, and it does so with consistency every time. Furmark works great for testing the stability of a GPU as the temperature rises to the highest possible output. During all tests, the ambient room temperature remained at a stable 20°C. The temperatures discussed below are absolute maximum values, and may not be representative of real-world temperatures while gaming:

Load

Fan Speed

GPU Temperature

Idle

17% - AUTO (1380rpm)

32C

Furmark

50% - AUTO (3200rpm)

83C

Furmark

100% - Manual (4620rpm)

73C

Even if the GPU carries 2x 80mm fans, speeds can be read with MSI Afterburner without problems. At idle mode, the GPU is very silent. The fans rotate at 1380rpm (17%) keeping the temperature at merely 32 degrees. However, once I launched Furmark temps sky-rocketed to 83 degrees at auto mode. This resulted into a very noisy setup with both fans running at 3200rpm (50% is what AB reports). Manually setting the GPU fans at 100% resulted into 4620rpm. At that speed, temps didn't pass over 73 degrees, which is still very high for the GTX 560 Ti, especially if you're paying some extra money for a decent cooler.

When I started gaming with some demanding titles the temperatures were much lower. After running Unigine's Heaven Benchmark for 30 minutes, the GPU core barely reached 75 degrees, which isn't that great for overclocking. Any other game like Metro 2033 or Crysis produced less heat, barely passing 70 degrees. At this point, I'm very disappointed with ASUS DirectCU II cooler's design. They really achieved to sell a nearly silent GPU at Idle mode, but it really fails at load conditions. I was expecting something more like the MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr design, which keeps the GPU Core below 60 degrees. Instead, ASUS ships a GPU which barely performs as the Nvidia's Reference Cooler; it just looks better.

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ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Overclocking

When it comes to overclocking I usually get excited and try many things to achieve the best solid overclock with the GPU, especially if it's known to be a good one, which is the case of the GTX 560 Ti GPUs. Now that we've voltage control over many GPUs via software applications like MSI Afterburner, the only thing we need to keep in mind is heat. Since this is an already overclocked card, I'm not expecting to see that much of a change. I quickly installed the latest version of MSI Afterburner (2.1.7) to start doing some 3DMark damage at the orb.

ENGTX560Ti_Afterburner_OC.png

It turns out that if you have a so-so cooler design, you can't achieve superb clocks. While I reached 970MHz fully stable at Furmark and benchmarks with just 1075mV, I couldn't reach the magic 1GHz number; not even increasing Core voltage up to 1150mV (which is the limit with MSI Afterburner. In fact, if I increased voltages, temperatures got worst and then I had more problems to stabilize the GPU at the same frequency. Keep in mind that this is still an 18% OC from Nvidia's reference model, and it leads to better gaming performance. Temperatures also increased by 2-3 degrees, but nothing to be afraid of (more than I was after looking at those ugly results up there).



 

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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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