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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
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.
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.
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.
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.