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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F1 2010

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F1 2010 Formula 1 racing game by Codemasters, released on September 22nd for Windows, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony Playstation 3. This game was patched. The patch adds DirectX 11 support, new graphical effects and higher graphics settings. Similar to DiRT 2 there are now some new "Ultra" settings which enable the highest DX11 features in the game. The game can be patched after logging into LIVE within the game, even using the STEAM version. Once you are logged in, it will detect the new patch, download and install it.

All of the improvements the patch brings can be read about here. For our F1 2010 testing procedure, we raced a 3-lap race against a full grid. We chose the Mercedes-McLaren racing team and we raced in Melbourne under heavy rain conditions.


Highest Playable Settings

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In F1 2010 we found the MSI N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr II OC SLI combination able to push this game at 2560x1600 with 4X AA enabled. We received very smooth performance and high framerates at this setting. When we tried going one step higher, up to 8X MSAA, we experienced choppiness and jerkiness in the gaming. Each MSI N560GTX Ti video card has 1GB of RAM on board, and that just isn’t enough to allow 8X MSAA to be playable at this resolution with SLI.

The AMD Radeon HD 6950 CrossFireX combination stole the show in this game. We were able to turn on AMD’s Custom Filtering at 8X MSAA which provides 24X Custom Filtering antialiasing. Both Radeon HD 6950 video cards have 2GB of RAM, and this is enough to allow playability at 8X MSAA and beyond. The AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFireX combination matched gameplay with the MSI N560GTX Ti SLI setup. We were able to play at 2560x1600 with 4X AA. Moving up to 8X MSAA was unplayable, similar to the two GTX 560 Ti video cards, due to the 1GB of RAM per GPU limitation. Even at the same setting as the two GTX 560 Ti video cards though, dual HD 6870’s did produce higher framerates in this game.


Apples-to-Apples

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In this apples-to-apples test we are running at 1920x1200 with 4X AA, so memory capacity limitations are not an issue. In this way, we can see truly the performance differences between the GPU setups. What we find is that in this game the AMD Radeon HD 6950 CrossFireX setup is a high 37% faster than the two GTX 560 Ti SLI video cards. Even the Radeon HD 6870 CrossFireX is 21.6% faster than the two GTX 560 Ti video cards.