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Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters

Aliens vs. Predator

If overclocked to a main domain frequency of 1 GHz, the GF114 turns to be quite competitive to the graphics card with a GF110 chip, even though the latter has a cut-down configuration. The question is how our overclocking will affect the product’s service life. MSI's card passed our tests without problems but we can't be sure how long it may last under such stress conditions. The rest of the standings depend on the overclocking results. The EVGA takes second place while the Palit and Zotac have a shared third.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

The best overclocking we achieved with our GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards provides a 25% performance boost. This is a rare occasion when overclocking can indeed be very useful in a practical sense. With a GPU clock rate of 1050 MHz, a GTX 560 Ti can outperform a GeForce GTX 570 here. The EVGA, Palit and Zotac AMP! cards match the latter’s performance. Even the ordinary Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti that has the lowest overclocking result delivers impressive performance in comparison with the AMD products.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Overclocking a GeForce GTX 560 Ti is most rewarding in this game, too. The reference model looks rather poor compared to the overclocked cards but the gap between the models that have the highest and lowest overclocking results is smaller here than in the previous games. Overall, our hunting squad leave no chance to their opponents in Black Ops.

Crysis Warhead

At a resolution of 2560x1600 this game is only playable on top-end graphics cards, the memory bandwidth being a crucial factor. That’s why our GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards cannot beat the GeForce GTX 570 despite the overclocked frequencies. On the other hand, this is one of the most difficult tests on our list. And when it comes to the Full HD mode, the overclocked MSI is just as good as the GeForce GTX 570 or Radeon HD 6950. The rest of the 560 Ti cards were not so lucky at overclocking and allow playing this game at 1600x900 or 1280x1024.

Metro 2033

This game is tested with the tessellation option turned on.

Metro 2033 is almost as heavy an application as Crysis Warhead, especially if you enable tessellation. No wonder that a GeForce GTX 560 Ti needs to be overclocked to a GPU clock rate of 1050 MHz to match a GeForce GTX 570 here. And even this overclocking can’t help avoid the occasional slowdowns to 10 fps.

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

This game runs with enabled tessellation.

Alas, even our best overclocking efforts cannot help our GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards deliver a playable frame rate at 2560x1600. As for the lower resolutions, it doesn’t make much sense to overclock them since they perform well enough even at the reference frequencies at 1920x1080. So, we can again see that the GF110 and GF114 processors can deliver the same performance if the latter is overclocked to its limit.

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