Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Corsair Hydro H70 Liquid CPU Cooler
MSI Z68A-GD65 G3
Corsair 2x 2GB XMS3 DDR3
Seagate 400GB HDD
FSP Group Aurum Gold 500
Corsair Obsidian 650D Chassis
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
As I mentioned in the introduction, I will be comparing the GTX560 TI against the recently reviewed MSI R6850 Cyclone PE / OC card. We are well aware that this isn't a "fair fight" but the purpose here is to give you an idea of what an additional $80 invested in a graphics card can bring you in terms of tangible results.
GPU-Z reports the correct stock clocks for the GTX560 at 900 MHz core clock, 1050 MHz memory clock and 1800 MHz shader on a 40nm process.
Although this card is already overclocked from the factory, I was able to get a bit more performance out of it by manually overclocking it. I gained an extra 50 MHz core clock, 200 MHz memory clock and 100 MHz shader.
As such, I will be testing the 560 at stock clocks as well as the overclock listed above. I will be comparing these to the default overclocked R6850 benched on the new Z68 platform.
I also measured idle and load temperatures at the above settings with a constant room temperature of 75F. The fan controller on the Obsidian 650D chassis was set to low. Below are the results.
Aside from the pretty low temperatures, this card is very quiet. I rarely heard it over the few large fans in the Obsidian 650D which are very quiet in their own right.
Let's move ahead and put the card through some synthetic and gaming benchmarks.