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Performance Tests

The graphics cards are grouped by the GPU maker in the diagrams: Nvidia and AMD. They are sorted in the descending order of their recommended price within each group. The MSI N560GTX 448 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC was additionally benchmarked at the overclocked frequencies (its results are colored dark-turquoise).

Let’s take a closer look at the obtained results now.

3DMark Vantage

The 3DMark Vantage results are quite a surprise. First of all, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores enjoys a hefty 15% advantage over the ordinary GTX 560 Ti. Second, it is as close to the more expensive GTX 570 as 5% or less, undermining the GTX 570's market position. Third, the overclocked MSI beats the GeForce GTX 570 and Radeon HD 6970 and comes close to the expensive GeForce GTX 580 3GB. The latter might be overtaken as well if I had more success overclocking my samples of the Palit and MSI cards. Of course, the rest of the cards can be overclocked, too, but that's a different story.

Looking at the results of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores and Radeon HD 6950, one may wonder what might be the purpose of AMD’s new Radeon HD 6930. Well, let’s check out the other tests before we jump to any conclusions.

3DMark 2011

It’s hardly any different from 3DMark Vantage. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores enjoys a larger advantage over the GTX 560 Ti here. It amounts to 20% now. The gap from the GTX 570 is no wider than 5% again. The overclocked MSI takes second place, but the GTX 580 feels more confident in its top position than in the previous test.

Unigine Heaven Demo

The resource-consuming tech demo Unigine Heaven agrees with both versions of 3DMark. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is faster than the ordinary GTX 560 Ti by 20% in the lower-quality mode and by 24% in the FSAA mode. The gap from the GTX 570 shrinks to 3.4% and 2%, respectively.

By the way, Nvidia-based solutions look better in this test than their AMD counterparts although Unigine Heaven used to prefer AMD-based solutions at first. Unigine patches and driver updates have changed the situation.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

It is in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat that the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores enjoys the highest advantage over the GTX 560 Ti in this entire test session: 33% in the lower-quality mode and 26% in the FSAA mode. The gap from the GTX 570 is still no wider than 5% whereas the Radeon HD 6950 falls behind the revised GTX 560 Ti. When overclocked, the MSI card is superior to the Radeon HD 6970 and slightly slower than the flagship GTX 580.

Left 4 Dead 2

We’ve got the same standings as in the previous tests. The new card is 13-16% ahead of the GTX 560 Ti.

Metro 2033: The Last Refuge

Metro 2033: The Last Refuge has nothing new to tell us. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is again much faster than the GTX 560 Ti and somewhat slower than the GTX 570.

 
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