The graphics cards are sorted out in the diagrams in the order of descending price in two blocks: at the default and overclocked frequencies. The results of the Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic are teal. Those of the Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum are green. The AMD Radeon HD 6870 is red. Each of these cards has 1 gigabyte of onboard memory.
Each of the tested graphics cards is quite fast in 3DMark Vantage. When clocked at their default frequencies, the GeForce GTX 560 and Radeon HD 6870 are roughly equal, the former being somewhat faster in the higher-quality mode and the latter, in the lower-quality one. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti, in its turn, is 12 to 13% ahead of the GTX 560 but the pre-overclocked Palit narrows the gap to a mere 2-3%. And when we overclock Palit’s GeForce GTX 560 to its highest clock rates, it gets as fast as the reference GTX 560 Ti.
The overall picture is the same as in 3DMark Vantage. We can only note that each graphics card is very slow at the Extreme settings.
Unigine Heaven Demo
The GeForce GTX 560 is ahead of its closest market rival Radeon HD 6870 in this technical demo. The gap is 9% in the lower-quality mode and 1% in the higher-quality one. The reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti is 14-16% faster than the GeForce GTX 560, but the pre-overclocked GTX 560 from Palit is only 5-6% behind and even goes ahead when additionally overclocked. Of course, the overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti still gains the upper hand in this test.
Far Cry 2
The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is expectedly superior in Far Cry 2, beating the GeForce GTX 560 by 9-10%. The latter card is competing successfully with the Radeon HD 6870, leaving it behind by 6-15%. We can note that each of these graphics cards makes the game playable at high resolutions and maximum graphics quality settings.
BattleForge: Lost Souls
The GeForce GTX 560 looks good in BattleForge: Lost Souls, too, falling behind the Radeon HD 6870 in the FSAA-less mode only. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is faster than its cousin by 11%, but the gap shrinks to 2% when the latter is pre-overclocked like the Palit version.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Once again we see the Radeon beat the GeForces in the lower-quality mode but lose its ground as soon as we enable 4x MSAA. Anyway, the average frame rate of the Radeon HD 6870 is as high as that of the GeForce GTX 560, even though its bottom speed is lower. The reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti is 9-19% faster than the reference GTX 560 but cannot outperform the pre-overclocked GTX 560 from Palit.