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ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP

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Posted January 25, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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The simple fact right up front here is that the ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II takes an impressive graphics card and makes it even better. Continuing the success of the GTX 580 and 570, this new card brings excellent performance to the mid-range performance graphics card market. We’re still perplexed by the naming nomenclature, as we suspect this has to do more with peformance perception than reality.

In terms of performance, we saw the ASUS GTX 560 Ti soundly beat the Radeon 6870 in just about every facet, but more importantly trading blows with the 6950. There were a few game titles that preferred Nvidia cards overall, and the GTX 560 Ti laid the smackdown on the Radeon competition. As for overclocking, the DirectCU II TOP really flies, to the tune of about 30% higher than stock clocks on the core. That is utterly outstanding.

The new DirectCU II cooler is a distinct improvement over its predecessor in terms of aesthetics and functionality, lowering load temperatures considerably. The Super Alloy Power design is clearly a big bonus over the reference card, and this card is built like a tank. And the Voltage Tweaking feature is a boon to overclocking enthusiasts. So, are there any downsides here? Just a couple. The fans emit a bit of a whine when running at higher RPMs so that might bother anyone who is sensitive to such things. Beyond that, the only other issue is actually has nothing to do with this card itself.

AMD has recently announced an upcoming 1GB version of the Radeon 6950 to compete at a lower price, which will likely pit it squarely against the GTX 560 Ti. However, it remains to be seen what sort of performance compromises may result. Also, the price of $270 is treading awfully close to Radeon 6950 2GB territory which can be flashed to a 6970 (though not without a few risks). This may not matter to the majority of consumers, but if you’re into overclocking or aren’t afraid of a BIOS flash, then the 6950 is a very compelling alternative in those specific instances.

That being said, we absolutely love this card. It’s got great looks, performance, temperatures, and overclocking headroom. The ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP isn’t entirely perfect, but it’s awfully close.

ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP

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