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ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores DirectCU II Video Card

asus gtx 560 ti 448Now, we get to the point of this review we are conducting today. Below the GTX 670, NVidia has not bought anything new to the market. While AMD has the 78xx sitting in that upper mainstream realm. As of right now the older GTX 560 and GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores covers that area for NVidia until they release the GTX 660. Yes, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is a little aged but it definitely still holds its hold when it comes to gaming. There is no game on the market that you can say this card will not give you a delightful gaming experience.

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asus gtx 560 ti 448Now, we get to the point of this review we are conducting today. Below the GTX 670, NVidia has not bought anything new to the market. While AMD has the 78xx sitting in that upper mainstream realm. As of right now the older GTX 560 and GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores covers that area for NVidia until they release the GTX 660. Yes, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is a little aged but it definitely still holds its hold when it comes to gaming. There is no game on the market that you can say this card will not give you a delightful gaming experience.

Introduction to the ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores DirectCU II Video Card

We are in the midst of a GPU transition if AMD releasing the HD 7xx0 series and NVidia bring to market the Kepler line. So, far each model has held their own when released. With the best being the HD 7970 and the GTX 680, each launch partner of both has so far added their own twist to the new cards to make them even faster, more quiet and overall better performers.

Currently, it seems that NVidia has the upper hand as the GTX 690 is dominating everything on the market but at a cost of $1000 depending on where you purchase it from. So, we really do not include that in the discussion. The GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970 are what most of us are more capable of affording retailing at just over $500 for each. The GTX 680 from the many reviews that i have read has the upper hand.

Shortly after we saw the HD 7950 hit the market followed by the GTX 670. Both these cards do toe to toe depending on your application and game. The only real reason i see someone deciding on one over the other is fanboyism. And i am saying anything is wrong with fanboyism as there are some companies that even i prefer when shopping for some things.

Now, we get to the point of this review we are conducting today. Below the GTX 670, NVidia has not bought anything new to the market. While AMD has the 78xx sitting in that upper mainstream realm. As of right now the older GTX 560 and GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores covers that area for NVidia until they release the GTX 660. Yes, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is a little aged but it definitely still holds its hold when it comes to gaming. There is no game on the market that you can say this card will not give you a delightful gaming experience.

ASUS’s take on the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores

The new limited edition ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores DirectCU II features 448 CUDA cores instead of the regular 384. It gives gamers access to improved stability and overclocking with advanced DirectCU II cooling, resilient Super Alloy Power components, and the exclusive GPU Tweak tuning utility. With so many AAA PC games on the market, the new card presents a new golden standard.

Specifications

Graphics EngineNVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores
Bus StandardPCI Express 2.0
Video MemoryGDDR5 1280MB
Engine Clock732 MHz
CUDA Core448
Shader Clock1464 MHz
Memory Clock3800 MHz ( GDDR5 )
RAMDAC400 MHz
Memory Interface320-bit
ResolutionD-Sub Max Resolution : 2048×1536
DVI Max Resolution : 2560×1600
InterfaceD-Sub Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1)
DVI Output : Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1
Display Port : Yes x 1 (Regular DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
Accessories1 x Extended SLI cable
1 x Power cable
1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
SoftwareASUS Utilities & Driver
ASUS FeaturesDirectCU Series
Super Alloy Power
Dimensions11.1 ” x 4.9 ” x 2.3 ” Inch
NoteTo have the best cooling performance ASUS ENGTX560TI448DC2/2DIS/1280MD5 extends the Fansink to 2.5 slot , please check your motherboard slot space before SLI

Features

  • DirectCU II cooling design delivers 20% cooler performance and stays quieter under full load compared to reference
  • Super Alloy Power technology integrates durable components to help boost performance by reducing power loss, enhancing longevity, and achieving cooler operation
  • GPU Tweak provides a professional yet intuitive graphics tuning interface for real time card adjustment and monitoring
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Closer look

The thing about the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is that the GTX 570 was just one notch above it in performance. But many felt that with the GTX 560 Ti 448 being the cheaper and with its great overclocking potential it was a better bang-for-the-buck purchase. With a little overclocking which is made easy with aid from applications like the ASUS GPU tweak the sky was the limit for this card.

This card would battle the likes of the Radeon HD 6950 which was also a great card in its time. Offering great performance for the dollar. The dollar amounts equal about the same so it all boils down to if you were on the red side or the green.

The 560 Ti 588 Cores is based on NVidia’s Fermi chipset as we have already discussed also consist of the likes of the GTX 570, GTX 580 and the uber GTX 590. The process used to make the chip of a 40 nm process. Yes, the process was slightly better than the generation before but still was a bit on the warm side so ASUS decided to use the DirectCU cooling system on it. We will talk about that in a bit.

The card uses 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory with a frequency of 3800 MHz on a 384 bit bus. The core of the card is clocked at 732 MHz. And if you could not tell from the name of the card the stream processors are set at 448 with a Texture and Filtering Address of 56 each.

The DirectCU II cooling system is one of those that you will recognize from a mile away. The cooler is rather large take two and a half to three slots on the motherboard. The cooler is comprised of two fans that blow air over the entire surface of the card. And because of the design of the metal shroud most of the air exit out the rear of the card with some escaping back into the case.

The shroud covers a large aluminum heat sink that also uses a series of six copper heat pipes to cool the GF110 GPU. Another smaller heat sink is used to help the memory in the cooling department. This particular configuration allows ASUS to use quieter fans to get even better cooling.

The card uses two 6-pin power connectors and NVidia recommends at least a 550W power supply to handle the 210W output of the card. The connectors are placed on the edge side of the card and not the edge like some. This does not add to the overall length of the car which is already 11″.

The card is compliant with the PCIe 2.0 protocol and requires a full length x16 slot.

The card can be set into a quad-SLI configuration when using other 560 Ti 448 cards only.

To link to your display the card offers two DVI, one HDMI (1.4a) and one display port.

GPU Tweak

ASUS has been a leader in helping the community with overclocking using a Windows-based application. Many times such applications will give you the basic features to overclock you video card. With GPU Tweak you have access to not only the core and memory clocks but voltage and fan speed. And well adjusting all the aspects of the cards you can keep a watchful eye on them with the monitor portion of the application. The app makes life easier when it comes to updating the cards BIOS and keeping up with the latest drivers.


Image courtesy of ASUS.

Testing Setup

Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. Microcool Banchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card
Sapphire Radeon FleX 7950

Drivers:

Windows Seven Ultimate 7 64-bit SP1
ATI Cat 12.4
NVidia 301.42

GPU-Z detection of the video card.

 

Power draw.

Idle and Load Temperatures.

Results

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Your PC’s performance is determined by the interactions between different hardware components, the operating system and the type and amount of software running. A benchmark provides a set of performance tests that can be repeated with a high degree of accuracy on a wide range of computer hardware.
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring the graphics performance of gaming PCs.
Designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista the benchmark includes six all new benchmark tests that make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
After running the tests 3DMark gives your system a score with larger numbers indicating better performance. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.

Unigine Heaven 3.0
New benchmark grants the power to unleash the DirectX 11 potential in the gift wrapping of impressively towering graphics capabilities. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is ensured within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

GSC Game World S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
We are glad to present you a special version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Having your PC tested with benchmark you will be able to get detailed information about its performance on various graphical modes and find out how well your system is balanced for gaming and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in particular.
This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations – Pripyat . The testing process includes four stages, those utilizing various weather and time of the day settings (day, night, rain, bright sun). In order to test your system thoroughly the benchmark is provided with a number of presets and options including different versions of DirectX (9.0, 10.0, 11), screen resolutions, antialiasing etc, all at your disposal.

Codemasters Dirt 2
DiRT 2 will feature a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments. This World Tour will have players competing in aggressive multi-car and intense solo races at extraordinary new locations, from canyon racing and jungle trails to city stadium-based events.
To be powered by the third generation of the EGO™ Engine’s award-winning racing game technology, DiRT 2 will benefit from tuned-up car-handling physics system and new damage engine effects. It will also showcase a spectacular new level of visual fidelity, with cars and tracks twice as detailed as those seen in GRID.
DiRT 2’s garage  houses a best-in-class collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-road vehicles, specifically selected to deliver aggressive and fast paced racing. Covering seven vehicle classes, players will be given the keys to powerful vehicles right from the off. In DiRT 2 the opening drive is the Group N Subaru; essentially making the ultimate car from the original game the starting point in the sequel and the rides just get even more impressive.
In addition to the World Tour, DiRT 2 will come complete with full online functionality that will be core to the overall experience, with head-to-head competitive online play and new social features to engage the racing community. Prepare for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too in DiRT 2, coming 2009.

Square Enix Final Fantasy XiV
FINAL FANTASY XIV takes the first intrepid steps into an unknown realm, and in doing soa new place for adventurers of all creeds to call home is born — Eorzea.
In the world of Hydaelyn, the term Eorzea denotes the geographical region comprised of the continent of ldenard and its surrounding islands, as well as the civilization which spawned there. Calling the area home are several independent city-states,the most notable being Limsa Lominsa, bustling port and pirate hub;Ul’dah, a desert city rich in mineral wealth; Gridania, nested deep within an ageless wood; and Ishgard, bastion atop the mountains.

Sega Alien versus Predator
Aliens vs. Predator is an entirely new title for PC and high-definition consoles from acclaimed British developer Rebellion, the team behind the 1999 original PC gaming classic. Bringing the legendary war between two of science-fiction’s most popular characters to FPS fans, AvP delivers three outstanding single player campaigns and provides untold hours of unique 3-way multiplayer gaming. Experience distinctly new and thrilling first person gameplay as you survive, hunt and prey in the deadly jungles and swamps surrounding the damned colony of Freya’s Prospect.

Flying Wild Hogs Hard Reset
Thee world as we know it ceased to exist. Humanity is at the verge of extinction, living in the last closed city of Bezoar. Mankind wages war against the machines controlling vast areas of what became the ‘Barrens’. Machines want to control and assimilate ‘The Sanctuary’ a network that holds billions of digitalized human minds. Our hero, Maj. Fletcher, is a soldier of CLN – a corporation combat unit, established to protect the city. Machines are constantly assaulting the walls of Bezoar. Fletcher moves in when Bezoar’s protective barrier is breached.

THQ Metro 2033
Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands. In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age. The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside. You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind. Metro 2033 is a gripping, atmospheric first person shooter experience powered by cutting edge technology to deliver incredible visuals. Witness the everyday horrors of a broken society living in constant fear. Brave the darkness of the tunnels, where mutants hunt their prey and ghostly spirits lurk. Explore the desolate city-surface, trusting your gas mask and rifle to protect you from a poisoned world and the creatures that roam there. Steel your nerve and prepare to face the terrors that await.

 

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Conclusion

The ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 even though on the market for a while still has a place long after its release. With no NVidia card based on the Kepler below the GTX 670, this card is definitely a winner when it comes to price vs. performance. If you budget does not include a $399 card like the GTX 670, your pocket and gaming experience would be happy with the $280 spent on this one.

This card offers one of the best coolers on the market coming out of the box. The dual fan mated with a large aluminum fin setup is enough to cool a GPU like this but throw in the direct heat pipe technology and you have a cooler that will perform with most aftermarket units. Granted the cooler does take up two additional slots which would make it hard to run it in a system that requires more than two cards. The cooling aspect is what really matters here. And if one was looking to run three or more cards chances are that person has the money to throw towards a card like the GTX 680.

Out-of-the-box the card is not overclocked but with the aid of the GPU Tweak application getting more performance should not be a problem. And if you have never overclocked a video card this app makes it extremely easy as it can do the process all on its own. And once you are comfort with the procedure set it to manual and have yourself an adventure.

The entire GTX 560 Ti 448 series from any manufacturer is ‘limited’. But at this time we see the ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 available at several retailers online. So, for $280 you can have

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