MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 1 GB Review 27

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 1 GB Review

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Introduction

MSI Logo


NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti is based on NVIDIA's new GF114 chip. As far as specifications and transistor-count go, it is identical to the GF104 on which GTX 460 was based, except that it has all 384 of the CUDA cores physically present enabled, and that it uses the same secret-sauce (read: electrical enhancements) that made GF110, an evolved clone of the GF100, totally rock with power consumption figures. 384 CUDA cores apart, there's a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 32 ROPs, branched geometry processing, and the immediate fruition of the electrical enhancements, clock speeds: 822 MHz core, 1640 MHz CUDA cores, and 1000 MHz (4.00 GHz effective) memory. As far as features go, the GTX 560 Ti doesn't come with anything we haven't seen already with the GTX 460, it's all about performance per watt/dollar in this round.

MSI's GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II is a customized version of the GTX 560 design. It comes with a custom PCB and uses MSI's well-established TwinFrozr II cooling solution. In terms of specifications, everything is the same with the exception of the clock speeds, which have received a significant bump on the MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II.

GeForce
GTX 460
GeForce
GTX 460
Radeon
HD 6850
Radeon
HD 5850
GeForce
GTX 470
Radeon
HD 6870
GeForce
GTX 560 Ti
MSI Twin
Frozr II 560 Ti
Radeon
HD 5870
GeForce
GTX 570
GeForce
GTX 480
GeForce
GTX 580
Shader units 336336960144044811203843841600480480512
ROPs243232324032323232404848
GPUGF104GF104BartsCypressGF100BartsGF114GF114CypressGF110GF100GF110
Transistors1950M1950M1700M2154M3200M1700M1950M1950M2154M3000M3200M3000M
Memory Size768 MB1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB1280 MB1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB1280 MB1536 MB1536 MB
Memory Bus Width 192 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 320 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 320 bit 384 bit 384 bit
Core Clock675 MHz 675 MHz 775 MHz 725 MHz 607 MHz 900 MHz 823 MHz 880 MHz 850 MHz 732 MHz 700 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Clock900 MHz 900 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 837 MHz 1050 MHz 1002 MHz 1050 MHz 1200 MHz 950 MHz 924 MHz 1002 MHz
Price$150$180$180$200$250$220$250$250$270$350$400$500

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


Contents



You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Driver CD + Documentation
  • DVI Adapter
  • Mini-HDMI to HDMI Adapter
  • 2x PCI-Express Power Cable

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

Everyone who has been following the graphics industry for a while will immediately recognize the card as an MSI Twin Frozr II design card.

Graphics Card Height

Like all other GTX 560 boards, the GTX 560 TwinFrozr II requires two slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

The card has two DVI ports, and one mini-HDMI port. Unlike AMD's latest GPUs, the output logic design is not as flexible. On AMD cards vendors are free to combine six TMDS links into any output configuration they want (dual-link DVI consuming two links), on NVIDIA, you are fixed to two DVI outputs and one HDMI/DP in addition to that. NVIDIA confirmed that you can use only two displays at the same time, so for a three monitor setup you would need two cards.

NVIDIA has included an HDMI sound device inside their GPU which does away with the requirement of connecting an external audio source to the card for HDMI audio. The HDMI interface is HDMI 1.3a compatible which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit. NVIDIA also claims full support for the 3D portion of the HDMI 1.4 specification which will become important later this year when we will see first Blu-Ray titles shipping with support for 3D output.


You may combine up to two GTX 560 Ti cards of any model from any vendor in SLI.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

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