MSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by leeghoofd @ 2011-08-09

Once in a while a card pops up, that turns the head of many gamers. Not necesarrily because it's being the fastest card in games. But mostly as it's one of the cards that delivers amasing performance for the buck. The GTX560 Ti isn't a new revolutionary design though. Look more at it as a souped up GTX460 256bit 1Gb card. Without further adue time to see how the MSI performs in a few games, but more importantly to see if she can be pushed a bit more.

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Synthetic tests :


Time to explore the synthetic side of things. This is only interesting for the benchers amongst us. Though can still give a good indication of real world performance. First up Futuremarks 3DMark06.



Both the GTX560 cards nicely outperforming the stock clocked GTX 460 1Gb card. The difference between the reference GTX560 Ti and the MSI OC'ed version seems small, though 400 points extra is a nice gain. Looking at the SLI result, we are running out of CPU power here, 4Ghz is not cutting it in this benchmark. Time to move to a heavier GPU dependant benchmark : 3DMark Vantage.





This benchmark reflects in a similar way the game test results. GTX 560 Ti cards thrashing the GTX460 card. And in SLI mode even obliterating a GTX 580 card. With more CPU speed the difference would be even more noticeable.




HWbot has created together with the nice folks at unigene a real GPU benchmark. You can run this benchmark at 4 or 6Ghz CPU clocks, it won't matter much for the end result as it's the heaviest GPU synthetic test. If it can pass Unigene at a certain clock speed, it probably will run through all of Futuremarks tests without any major issues. Don't be fooled by the little performance differences. A 100 point increase is already a big increase in the Unigene test. The overclocked card keeping nicely ahead of the 560 Ti with reference clocks. The 1432 score of the GTX580 is no competition for the 2000 point score when you bundle the power of two of these little 560 Ti cards.

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Comment from Teemto @ 2011/08/11
As I'm currently benching the exact same card I'll add some additional scores:

AM3: 383149 1035/1200
3DMark01SE: 103431 1040/1200
3DM03: 92282 1010/1200
3DM05: 47079 1010/1200
3DM06: 35904 1000/1200
3DM011E: 9140 1000/1200
3DM011P: 5633 1000/1200
3DM011X: still to do
Vantage: still to do
Unigine DX9: 2937.27 1000/1200
Unigine DX11: still to do

Voltage is between 1.11V and 1.135V
Cooling is stock Twin Frozr II air cooler

Seems Albrecht's card can clock a bit better on air.
Comment from Teemto @ 2011/08/12
3DM011X: 1867 1000/1200
Vantage: 23883 980/1200
Unigine DX11: 1243.012 960/1200