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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

ENGTX560 Ti TOP Detailed Features

The first job is to uninstall the Direct CU II cooler to see everything below it. This cooler is quite easy to take off as it's retained by 4 little screws. As usual, ASUS put a lot of thermal paste between the GF114 core and the heatsink which I had to clean and re-apply after removing it. We'll check cooler performance in the next sections to see if 3 heat-pipes and a pair of fans are enough to keep the GTX 560 Ti at reasonable levels (even at overclocked conditions).

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Take a closer look at the PCB. This is not the classic shiny PCB. Instead of that, ASUS opted for a black matted PCB with rounded edges. Also it's possible to see the end of the heatpipes from this point of view.

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Once we get the heatsink uninstalled, we can see 3 direct-contact heatpipes with an Aluminum base at the side where the GPU core remains. There are small fins to allow air-flow through the memory circuits and the rest of the heatsink also helps cooling all the VRM and MOS-FETs. This design should work quite well, but looking it closely it doesn't look as impressive as the Twin Frozr design by MSI or other companies high-end cooling solutions.

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Here's a closer look to the heatpipes which make direct contact with the GPU core to enhance cooling performance while transferring heat to the rest of the heatsink. By the way, those are 6mm heatpipes, not 8mm.

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The memory choice for the ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP 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; obviously they work better here because ASUS already overclocked them to 1050MHz from factory.

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I'm happy to see ASUS covered all the VRMs and MOS-FETs with little heatsinks and they get cool enough thanks to the 80mm fan. It was quite annoying to see such important components being forgotten there without any heatsink as it was common with many GTX 460 video cards. Oh, and do you notice that "power ranger" sign at the top of the chokes? That's the Super-Alloy-Power logo.

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At the back side of the core there are lots of resistors, capacitors and ICs, which just re-affirm the excellent solder quality from ASUS products. Being one crowded section of a graphics card, they're still able to solder with good precision any component needed. This is one of the most critical sections of the PCB for build quality, as variations in stray capacitance here could impact the performance of the GPU, and certainly its overclocking ability. However it's important to notice that the ENGTX560 Ti is less crowded than any other GTX 560 Ti card I've seen before. They even have space to put their logo just below the center.

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Now that we've had the grand tour of the ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP, inside and out, it's time to put it to the test. Before going to tests, let me show you the ASUS bundled software in the next section.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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