Performance in Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all resolutions.
As we have expected, GeForce GTX 560 Ti outperformed Radeon HD 6870, but it needed another 1045 points to catch up with Radeon HD 6950. The score of 9519 points is a great result for the price range where the new Nvidia card is positioned.
We can see clearly in individual tests that even if the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti yields to Radeon HD 6950, the difference is minimal. However, as the resolution increases, the latter wins its leadership back due to faster texturing processors and video memory. GeForce GTX 560 Ti defeated Radeon 6870 across all resolutions.
Futuremark 3DMark 11
Here we also use the Extreme profile. As opposed to 3DMark Vantage, 3Dmark 11 profile runs in 1920x1080 resolution.
We see almost the same picture in 3DMark 11, although the actual numbers are different here. GeForce GTX 560 Ti didn’t lose to its primary rival in this test, and as for the Radeon HD 6950, our hero doesn’t have to catch up with this more expensive product.
Final Fantasy XIV: Official Benchmark
This benchmark only supports 1280x720 and 1920x1080 resolutions.
Radeon HD 6950 suddenly demonstrated very low results in 1280x720. It could be caused by the new shader processor architecture as well as some issues in the drivers. GeForce GTX 560 Ti performs well in both resolutions, running pretty much as fast as Radeon HD 6950.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 Preview Benchmark
This test sues tessellation to create ground surface. The number of polygons per frame may reach 1.5 million.
This is another benchmark where Fermi architecture feels quite at home. Only higher-end brothers from the same family can compete with GeForce GTX 560 Ti in performance, but neither Radeon HD 6950, nor even Radeon HD 6970 are fast enough. Maybe the upcoming Radeon HD 6990 will be able to change something here, but in any case it will be none other but a truly Pyrrhic victory, as the price difference between the two is going to be scarily enormous.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
We use “Normal” tessellation mode in this game.
Our hero performs as fast as Radeon HD 6950 – an excellent result for a GeForce GTX 560 Ti, especially keeping in mind its price range. However, we did in fact expect GF114 armed with eight PolyMorph engines to do even better in this tessellation-heavy test.