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ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Review and SLI Performance

ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Review and SLI Performance

ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Graphics Card Review with SLI Performance Testing


Over the course of the last week or so we have had the opportunity to look at four different GTX 560 Ti models and without doubt the card with the most impressive build quality was the ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU 2 Top. As well as having some high grade components such as the SAP capacitors and power circuitry the cooler used by ASUS is top quality, right down to the use of a metal shroud where most other manufacturers would use plastic. The overall design of the card is great, making it the most aesthetically attractive GTX 560 Ti card we have seen so far and there are lots of little touches of class throughout, such as the better quality packaging and use of DVI and PCIe connector covers. Our only minor issue with the design of the card is that ASUS could have done more with the outputs, 2xDVI and mini-HDMI is fine but a full size HDMI would have been better.

In terms of performance the ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU 2 TOP is hard to fault. It has a decent factory overclock, runs cool and with low noise levels. Power use is as expected for a GTX 560 Ti card and of course we get all of the great NVIDIA features such as 3D Vision and PhysX. Where this card really excels though is in overclocking. Thanks to the high performance cooler and bundled SmartDoctor utility we can overclock far higher than other GTX 560 Ti’s which we have tested, exceeding 1GHz on the core for the first time.

The "ASUS Experience" does come at a cost though and this card will likely be one of the most expensive GTX 560’s available. At the time of writing ASUS are still tweaking that price and as soon as it is available we will add a link below. One thing they need to be wary off though is the new 1GB 6950 from AMD which is announced today and should hit the same level whereas most 6950 2GB cards are more expensive than the GTX 560 Ti. The next few weeks should be very interesting…

The ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU 2 TOP is without doubt the best version of NVIDIA’s latest card that we have tested. Excellent build quality and great performance, especially when overclocked, make it an essential purchase… provided ASUS can price it appropriately.

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