Value and Conclusion
|9.3||NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 non-Ti sets out to fill the void in NVIDIA's lineup at $200. While GTX 560 Ti performs great around $230, its price does turn away some potential customers who will find a good alternative with AMD's $200 HD 6870. NVIDIA's new card provides a good solution, yet can not shatter existing offers in this segment. It offers decent performance for up to, including, 1680x1050 gaming, comes with improved performance and overclocking potential when compared to GeForce GTX 460 and features improved performance per Watt. AMD's HD 6870 can offer a tiny bit more performance and better efficiency, on the other hand NVIDIA's drivers seem more mature and refined.|
The ASUS GeForce GTX 560 TOP Direct Cu II is pretty much the perfect implementation of a GTX 560. It comes with substantially increased clocks out of the box which catapults it right at GTX 560 Ti performance levels. Thanks to the Direct Cu II thermal solution the card is whisper quiet in both idle and load, yet keeps the card at comfortable 70°C heat levels when fully loaded. Additional overclocking is also possible, we could reach up 975 MHz on our sample which is a nice step up from the 950-960 MHz we saw on other GTX 560 cards tested today. Coming at $220 it is also priced reasonably, both considering raw performance and cooling power. However, the full GeForce GTX 560 Ti is only $10 more, which offers better performance when maximum overclocking is taken into account. Overall I'm really impressed with the GTX 560 TOP Direct Cu II.