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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 Included Software

Brands like ASU or MSI always ship their cards with special software for monitoring and overclocking; this time is not an exception. Once you install the drivers from the CD (or download them from the Nvidia Forceware page) you'll be able to install ASUS utilities if you find them attractive. ASUS includes Gamer OSD, which helps to capture, broadcast and save movies or screenshots from every game. As you can see, there's a maximum 720x480 capture size, and the frame rate can be increased up to 30 FPS. While the broadcasting solution sounds interesting I don't think I'll want to add this processing to my whole computer when gaming in a competition or something. It could be useful if you're working as referee or spectator though

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ASUS SmartDoctor is an application to monitor and overclock your GPU. I must admit I still prefer MSI Afterburner, since it's got more options and controls to use, but SMART doctor works for basic overclocking too. One important thing is that this application ensures voltage tweaking support, at least until your favorite software adds support to the GPU model in your hands. Only 3 variables can be moved in SmartDoctor: Memory frequency, GPU Core Frequency (Engine), and Vcore voltage. Vcore can be increased from 1025mV to 1150mV, which is the same MSI Afterburner allows. Unluckily, there's no option to decrease GPU voltage, so that's a bad point. Overall, the software still looks like a BETA version and the GUI is not as good or sleek as I'd like it to be, but it does it's work.

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Perhaps one of the most interesting settings from the SmartDoctor utility is the fan control, which allows you to set different fan speeds depending on your GPU temperature, but the rest of the settings are not very impressive as I thought.

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When you install and power up your GPU, there will be a pair of LEDs at the back side of the PCB which will turn green if everything is working alright, or they'll change to red of something fails. For example, I intentionally didn't plug a PCI-e PSU connector and the LEDs immediately went red.

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It's time to put this card into some serious tests. Well, Benchmark is our first name, so don't worry. Let's start off with a complete description of the Video Card Testing Methodology.



 

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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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