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Performance

We’ve tested the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores before, so the main question of this review is whether the ASUS version of this card can be overclocked to compete with more expensive products. We will carry out a series of tests at two resolutions (you can refer to our previous graphics card review for the testbed configuration and testing procedure) using popular synthetic benchmarks and seven heavy games. The ASUS will be opposed by a Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB and an MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition 3. We will show you screenshots with the results of the overclocked ASUS card in some of the tests.

3DMark Vantage

 

Well, the first test looks promising. Being 20% slower at its default clock rates, the overclocked ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 cores DirectCU II outperforms the more expensive opponents at the Performance settings. It is also ahead of the GeForce GTX 580 and almost as fast as the Radeon HD 7950 in the Extreme mode.

3DMark 2011

 

Like in the previous 3DMark, the overclocked ASUS is competitive against the other products which cost $200 more.

Unigine Heaven Demo

 

The overclocked ASUS looks impressive in Unigine Heaven, yet the Radeon HD 7950 is unrivalled in the harder test mode.

Metro 2033: The Last Refuge

The ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 cores DirectCU II looks good in this game, too. It is as fast as the GeForce GTX 580 (which has twice its amount of memory) and follows close behind the Radeon HD 7950. The only problem is that the frame rates are too low anyway.

Just Cause 2

AMD-based products have always been fast in Just Cause 2 and the overclocked ASUS can’t do anything about that. On the other hand, it is as fast as the GeForce GTX 580. We’ll see the same picture in the next two games, by the way.

Aliens vs. Predator (2010)

Total War: Shogun 2

Crysis 2

The ASUS card doesn’t have enough memory to run Crysis 2 well. It is especially clear from its bottom speed results at 2560x1600. Overclocking can’t help expand its 1280 megabytes of memory, unfortunately. As for the average frame rate, it is higher with the ASUS card than with the GeForce GTX 580.

Hard Reset Demo

Having lost in the previous three tests, the two GeForce GTX cards finally score a win in Hard Reset. The junior GeForce with its excellent overclocking is ahead here.

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 shows once again how fast the ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 cores DirectCU II is when overclocked.

Here is a table with full test results:

 

 
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