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Review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448

by Parm Mann on 29 November 2011, 14:00 4.0

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Test methodology

Gigabyte GV-N560448-13I specification


GPU comparisons

Graphics card Approx.
pricing
GPU clock
(MHz)
Stream
processors
Shader clock
(MHz)
Memory clock
(MHz)
Memory bus
(bits)
Graphics driver
  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 (1,280MB) £240 732 480 1,464 3,800 320 ForceWare 285.88
  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 (1,280MB) £220 732 448 1,464 3,800 320 ForceWare 285.88
  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (1,024MB) £170 822 384 1,645 4,008 256 ForceWare 285.88
  AMD Radeon HD 6970 (2,048MB) £255 880 1,536 880 5,500 256 Catalyst 11.11a
  AMD Radeon HD 6950 (2,048MB) £185 800 1,408 800 5,000 256 Catalyst 11.11a
  AMD Radeon HD 6870 (1,024MB) £140 900 1,120 900 4,200 256 Catalyst 11.11a

High-end test bench

Processor Intel Core i5-2500K (3.33GHz, 6MB smart cache, quad-core, LGA1155)
Motherboard Intel Desktop Board DP67BG
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance (9-9-9-24 @ 1,600MHz)
Power Supply Corsair AX750W
Monitor Dell 30in 3007WFP
Disk drive(s) Crucial RealSSD C300 (256GB)
Chassis Corsair Graphite Series 600T
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit, SP1)

High-end benchmark suite

3DMark 11 Performance and Extreme presets
Aliens vs. Predator DX11, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, 16xAF, very high quality
Battlefield 3 DX11, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xMSAA, 16xAF, ultra quality
Crysis 2 DX11, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, ultra quality
Just Cause 2 DX10, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, 16xAF, very high quality
Total War: Shogun 2 DX11, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xMSAA, 16xAF, high quality
Folding@home Using the GPU2 and GPU3 clients, we calculate the the points per day (PPD) performance of each graphics card
Power consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record mains power draw both when idle and whilst playing Crysis 2
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and whilst playing Crysis 2
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise levels when idle and whilst playing Crysis 2
Overclocking Pushing the graphics card as far as it will go, we increase speeds and re-run the Aliens vs. Predator benchmark
HEXUS bang4buck A custom metric used to evaluate comparative performance with price factored in

Notes

In preparation of a slew of new GPUs in 2012, we're using this opportunity to introduce a refreshed test machine. Our old X58 platform has been put to rest, and a new Intel P67 system has been put in place with a Core i5-2500K processor, 8GB of memory and solid-state storage.

Coinciding with the new high-end platform, we are also refreshing our benchmark suite with a few high-profile additions - including Battlefield 3, Crysis 2 and Total War: Shogun 2. Once the DX11 issues are ironed out, Batman: Arkham City will complete the line up.

And, by popular demand, we are also taking a look at the Folding@home performance of various GPUs. To get our new platform and benchmarks up and running, we've tested six high-end graphics cards from the ground up; three from NVIDIA, three from AMD.