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Conclusion

The five “hunters” have successfully passed our trials and reached the finish. What have we learned from this test session? We knew the GF114 to be a very capable chip, yet the average performance increase of 20-25% is quite a surprise. We do not often enjoy such benefits from overclocking. Of course, the conditions were rather harsh: the GPU had to be overclocked to 1 GHz. We don’t think that many samples of GeForce GTX 560 Ti can achieve such a high clock rate, even though the GF114 chip itself has rather high overclocking potential.

Anyway, if you are lucky enough, your overclocking can lead to this performance:

Of course, the Radeon HD 6950 has no chance against such a heavily overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Most impressively, the latter even competes with the GeForce GTX 570, a product from a higher category.

Overclocking is lottery, yet you can increase your chances of winning by getting as much information about graphics cards as you can. Talking about the samples we’ve tested, the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC is an unrivalled winner. It is a well-made and high-quality product which could overcome the 1GHz barrier without our using extreme overclocking tools or methods. Even though not very quiet, its effective cooler Twin Frozr II facilitates overclocking. We can see no reason why we shouldn't award the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC with our Editor's Choice.


MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC

The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti SC may be interesting for conservative enthusiasts who are not into newfangled technologies. Being a copy of Nvidia’s reference card, it turned out to have high overclocking potential. It is also quiet, even though not very cold. EVGA's reliable warranty makes it even more appealing. The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti SC is perhaps the best choice in terms of reliability.

The Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic is rather ambiguous. Its good GPU frequency growth was spoiled by its poor memory overclocking results whereas its impressive-looking cooler turned out to be but slightly better than Nvidia's reference one. The advantages of this product are its low noise and compact size. You can install it into any system case.

The same goes for the Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti. It is a compact graphics card with a quiet and efficient cooler. Its rather modest GPU frequency increase is made up for by its best result in terms of memory overclocking. Other samples of this card may even be better in terms of GPU overclocking. So, like the Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic, this card is surely a Recommended Buy.


Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic and Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti

The Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! is rather a disappointment of this review. Yes, this GeForce GTX 560 Ti comes overclocked right out of the box, so you don’t have to do anything to speed the card up. However, its cooling system has an aggressive setup and, consequently, produces a lot of noise in 3D mode. This card also has the highest GPU voltage among all the products included into this review, which contributes to its high heat dissipation. Our sample of this card refused to overclock above its default clock rates although the similarly designed EVGA could achieve a higher clock rate at a lower GPU voltage and at a more comfortable level of noise. Thus, this product can be interesting for people who do not want to bother about manual overclocking and who don’t mind high noise, for example because they prefer to wear headphones when playing video games.

So, here are our preferences regarding these pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics cards, starting with the best:

  • MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti SC
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti
  • Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP!

We hope this roundup will help you make an informed shopping choice.

 
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