Let's get things started with 3DMark 2006, a program that is well past its prime but is still a fun test to run simply because nearly everyone has run it at some point and can relate with the scoring system.
Here we see a pretty solid improvement with the 560 and a little more when overclocked further. What's perhaps more interesting is that the R6850 is benching about 2,000 points higher on the Z68 platform than it did on the P67 system I initially tested it on.
3DMark 2011 shows the factory overclocked 560 is about 22% faster than the factory overclocked R6850. As we mentioned earlier, this is expected but we want to see what kind of improvement you can expect for an extra $70 or so. Overclocking the 560 gives an additional 5% boost in performance.
The gap starts to widen in FurMark as the 560 is about 31% faster than the R6850. Overclocking brings the overall improvement up to around 42%.
Crysis was playable across the board but you will have a much smoother experience on the 560 when using Very High graphics settings. 16x AA really taxed all configurations, however.
The R6850 is just as fast in Crysis 2 as it was in the original. If that doesn't tell you that the original one was coded poorly, I don't know what does. Anyway, the 560 puts on another solid showing here and responds nicely to additional overclocking.
The Dunia game engine used in FarCry 2 is less demanding on hardware than the Cry Engine 2 used in Crysis and as such, the game is fully playable at max settings under every configuration.
Let's move ahead and wrap things up with a conclusion.