Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2
The green team wins here as the game favors Nvidia-based solutions. The standings of the GeForce series cards are the same as in most of the previous tests.
This game doesn’t have anything new to add to the previous results.
Warhammer 40 000 Dawn of War II: Retribution
This CPU-dependent game favors AMD-based graphics cards as you can see in the diagram. The reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti is faster than the GTX 560 by 9 to 12% but cannot outperform the Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum.
Total War: Shogun 2
The Radeon HD 6870 is victorious here whereas the GeForce series cards have the same standings as in most of the previous tests.
The GeForce GTX 560 is overall somewhat better than the Radeon HD 6870 in DiRT 3, although they are roughly similar in the FSAA mode. The Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum looks good again, making the more expensive GeForce GTX 560 Ti a less appealing buy.
Performance Summary Diagrams
For your convenience all results have been summed up in the table below:
The first diagram compares the difference between Nvidia’s reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 560, the latter card serving as a baseline. The red dotted line shows the difference in the recommended prices of these cards (25% or $50).
Although the difference in performance never matches the difference in price, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti does enjoy a considerable advantage over the GTX 560 which amounts to 20% in some tests. The senior model is an average 13% faster than the junior one across all tests in the FSAA-less mode and 12% faster in the FSAA mode.
We see a similar picture when we compare Palit’s GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum with GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic if they are both clocked at 900/4200 MHz:
The next diagram compares the Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum (900/4200 MHz) with the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti (822/4008 MHz):
The final diagram shows the GeForce GTX 560 compared to the Radeon HD 6870. They have the same recommended price, by the way.
It’s hard to prefer one graphics card basing on the tests. The Radeon HD 6870 is faster in 3DMark 2011, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From Liberty City, Left 4 Dead 2, Just Cause 2, Aliens vs. Predator (2010), Sid Meier's Civilization V, F1 2010, Warhammer 40 000 Dawn of War II: Retribution and Total War: Shogun 2. The GeForce GTX 560, on its part, is superior in Unigine Heaven, Far Cry 2, Lost Planet 2, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 and Crysis 2. The two cards are roughly equal to each other in the remaining games.