Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Just Cause 2
It’s like in the previous test except that the GeForce GTX 560 Ti SLI goes ahead of the GeForce GTX 580 at 2560x1600. But the gap is only 12% and the bottom speeds of the two solutions are the same. The Radeon HD 5970 is always ahead of the SLI configuration in this game.
Lost Planet 2
The tested SLI configuration is quite fast, but its advantage of 5 to 18% over the GeForce GTX 580 is not as large as to justify its price. The latter card copes just as well with this game and doesn’t need two expansion slots or any special software optimizations to show its best speed. In fact, users with Full-HD monitors (or even those who play at 1920x1200) will be quite satisfied even with a single GeForce GTX 560 Ti here. Owners of larger monitors can hardly be interested in the GeForce GTX 560 Ti SLI configuration, either. We guess they would prefer a dual-GF110 card instead.
Performance in RPGs
Fallout: New Vegas
You don’t need premium-class graphics solutions to play Fallout: New Vegas. A single GeForce GTX 560 Ti is more than enough except for panoramic modes like 5760x1080. As a matter of fact, you need at least two cards in SLI mode to connect three monitors simultaneously with Nvidia solutions. The future GeForce GTX 590 will also support that “out of the box” whereas AMD’s products have long been able to output content to three and more monitors simultaneously.
Mass Effect 2
We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.
SLI technology shows fantastic scalability in this game, the SLI tandem being over 100% faster than the single GeForce GTX 560 Ti. However, this performance boost is not really necessary for playing the game unless you want to enable a high-resolution panoramic mode. A single GeForce GTX 560 Ti makes the game playable at a resolution of 2560x1600 whereas the GeForce GTX 580 offers even more speed.