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Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB Phantom review

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Fans

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
8
Features:
8
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Effective cooler
Improved selection of video output ports
THE BAD
Conservative clock speeds
Large cooler occupies up to 3 expansion slots
Slightly pricey


Test Setup & Results

Test Setup

We will be evaluating the Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom using our X58 test system which has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 OCZ memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Since we’ve already established the performance of the GeForcE GTX 560 Ti in our earlier review along with a few other custom edition cards, we've decided to cutback on the number of tests for this card rather than running the usual suite of benchmarking tests. As such, we'll be testing only 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11, Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Hawx 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2. These games will give us a good idea of the card’s performance.

Key comparisons here will obviously be between the Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom and the reference card. We are not expecting the Gainward card to be much quicker, considering the mild increases in clock speeds, but we do hope to see substantial improvements in terms of cooling efficiency and also quietness of operation. We have also included results of the ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP to see if the Gainward card can run cooler.

The full list of cards and driver versions tested:

  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom (ForceWare 266.56)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (ForceWare 266.56 )
  • ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP (ForceWare 266.56)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (ForceWare 263.09)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 (ForceWare 263.09)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 (ForceWare 263.09)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 (Catalyst 10.12)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 (Catalyst 10.12)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 (Catalyst 10.9)

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Hawx 2

 

Results