MSI N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr II OC SLI Review

We’ve got two MSI N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr II OC video cards today in an SLI configuration to go up against Radeon HD 6950 2GB CrossFireX and Radeon HD 6870 CrossFireX. We will see if these factory overclocked video cards have what it takes to compete. Also we add an GeForce GTX 580 comparison. What is best for the buck?

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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 MSI N560GTX Ti OC video card we are using ForceWare 266.66 WHQL. For the AMD video cards we are using Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix. All of these drivers are the latest version as of testing. We are also using Catalyst Application Profile (CAP) 10.12 CAP2 which was the latest version of CAP when tested for CrossFireX.

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