MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II 1GB
We were suitably impressed by the Nvidia GTX 560 Ti when it was released, as it packed some excellent horsepower and overclocking prowess, beating the AMD cards in the mid-range market segment. Upon hearing of the GTX 560 in the mix, we had to admit to being a bit apprehensive, wondering what differences would show up, and what price range this new card would occupy. As it turns out, we needn’t have worried, as Nvidia has expanded their lineup and made a very strong showing with the GTX 560.
In terms of performance, we saw the MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II easily beat the Radeon 6870 in just about every facet. Perhaps more significant is the fact that it’s only 6% behind the GTX 560 Ti on average, but costs almost 20% less. That is an outstanding value, as Nvidia is now providing what may be a better graphics card for the mid-range market and gamers on a more modest budget. The $200 market is the sweet spot for manufacturers, and the GTX 560 now owns it.
This MSI Frozr II card is only $10 more than Nvidia’s reference MSRP, but you get a whole lot of bang for your buck. The cooler is thin and sleek, providing some good temperatures. The Military Class II components are a big improvement over the reference card, and the overvoltage capability is enticing to overclocking enthusiasts. So then, are there any downsides here? Just a couple. The power connectors are end-mounted rather than side-mounted, which could potentially pose space issues for people who have a smaller case setup and little space behind the hard drive cage. And the dual fans are a bit on the noisy side with a whiny pitch when running at higher RPMs.
That being said, we really love the MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II, as it has sleek looks, great performance and temperatures, and strong overclocking headroom.
The Pure Point: The GTX 560 owns the $200 segment, and the MSI Twin Frozr II model is a great deal.