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Performance Summary

The first summary diagram shows how faster the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores (from Palit) is in comparison with the regular GeForce GTX 560 Ti (from MSI). Both cards work at their default frequencies.

So, the average advantage of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores 1.28GB over the GTX 560 Ti 1GB is 14.9% in the FSAA-less mode and 15.6% in the FSAA mode. The largest gap can be observed in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat; the smallest gap is in Total War: Shogun 2.

The next summary diagram compares the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores 1.28GB with the more expensive GeForce GTX 570 1.28GB:

The largest gap can be seen in World of Planes and in the lower-quality mode of Just Cause 2. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores gets closer to the GeForce GTX 570 in Left 4 Dead 2 and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2. The new card is slower by an average 4.8 and 4.9% in the FSAA-less and FSAA mode, respectively. Considering the standings we can see in these two summary diagrams, the new card might as well be called something like GeForce GTX 568 Ti instead of the long and awkward "GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores".

Let’s see what changes if the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is overclocked while the GeForce GTX 570 is left at its default clock rates:

The new card wins everywhere! Even though the MSI sample did nothing exceptional at overclocking, it beats the GTX 570.

Finally, let’s compare the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores with the Radeon HD 6950 which currently has the same recommended price of $289.

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores wins more tests than its rival. The Radeon HD 6950 is only ahead in Just Cause 2 and in one test mode of Civilization V and World of Planes. The other tests end in a tie or are won by the new Nvidia-based solution. The gap is especially large in such games as Lost Planet 2, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2.

Here is a table with full test results for your reference:

Conclusion

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is not just a slightly improved GTX 560 Ti but a much better card, closer to the GTX 570. It is an average 15% faster than the GTX 560 Ti and no more than 5% slower than the more expensive GTX 570. Being roughly halfway between the two other products in terms of recommended price ($249->$289->$349), the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores seems to offer a very attractive price/performance ratio. It’s unclear how AMD is going to compete with it using the Radeon HD 6930. It would be better to reduce the price of the current HD 6950, without confusing the user with too many graphics card models. AMD’s marketing department knows better, though.

The two graphics cards I’ve tested in this review – Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores and MSI N560GTX 448 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC – are very similar to each other. Each features an original and efficient cooler with two fans. They have the same number and type of video outputs and are bundled with similar accessories. They even reached similar frequencies in the overclocking test. They are close in performance too, notwithstanding the higher default frequencies of the MSI card. Both are quiet in 2D applications, but MSI's Twin Frozr III cooler seems to be somewhat quieter in 3D mode than the Palit's cooler. The MSI can also boast high-quality components, improved PCB design, and increased frequencies but the Palit is slightly cheaper. So, you can choose flexibly what you need.

 
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