Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti GC Video Card Review

Today, NVIDIA continues the new GeForce GTX 500 series line with the introduction of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. We will test this new $257 video card against the competition and find out what the real value is at this sweet spot of gaming goodness. You may be surprised at the results, but you might also save some money.


Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a MSI Eclipse SLI X58 motherboard, an Intel Core i7 920 Overclocked at 3.6GHz, and 6GB of Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator DDR3.

While it might be "overkill," we use the Core i7-920 processor at 3.6GHz in an attempt to prevent our evaluation from being CPU limited. Obviously, we make every effort to not use CPU limited games for video card evaluations, but the i7-920 at 3.6GHz seems to put many peoples’ minds at ease when it comes to that subject.

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For the Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti we used Beta drivers provided by NVIDIA which are version 266.56. We tried to install the latest WHQL drivers, but this video card is not supported within them, we had to use the NVIDIA provided drivers for it to work. For the AMD video cards we are using the latest publicly available on AMD’s website performance drivers, Catalyst 10.12a Hotfix for the 6900 series.

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