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MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin FROZR II Review

tacohunter52    -   January 25, 2011
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Testing:

In order to test MSI's N560GTX-Ti Twin FROZR I will run it, as well as comparison cards, through the OverclockersClub.com suite of benchmarks. The benchmarks used consist of many of today's most popular games, and will place each card where it belongs on the performance scale.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing, with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing, where PhysX will be disabled in the NVIDIA control panel. I will test the cards at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see the effects of any increases in clock speed. The cards are placed in order from highest to lowest performing in the graphs to show where the cards fall by comparison.

 

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin FROZR II: 1027/1117/2054

In order to overclock MSI's card I used MSI's Afterburner 2.1.0 Beta 6. Given the ability to increase the cards voltage, I cranked it as high as it would go before doing anything else. I then began to increase the core and shader clocks in increments of five. This pushed the core clock slightly above the 1GHz mark. Once I found a stable clock speed I went to work on the memory. I reached a memory clock of 1122MHz, and then started running the OCC benchmark suite. After the first benchmark I started having problems, so I bumped the memory clock down to 1117MHz. After doing so I was able to run through the entire OCC benchmark suite without any problems. Although the N560GTX-Ti Twin FROZR II is supposed to run 20° C cooler then other cards, the temperatures still shot right up with the increased voltage and clock speeds. In order to correct this I set the fan at a reasonable 86% of max speed. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't all that loud. In the end, I was happy with my overclock, because I was able to bring everything over the 1GHz mark.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

In the past, I had used MSI's Kombuster utility to check for stability coupled with the ability to run through the entire test suite. I have found that some game tests would still fail with this utility, so I have moved to testing with several games at maximum settings through several resolutions to verify the clock speeds that are listed below. Why the change? I have found some cards will play fine at a 4xAA setting, but fail when using 8xAA due to the increased graphics load. If it fails, then the clock speeds and tests are rerun until they pass.

   

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  5. Just Cause 2
  6. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
  7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  5. Testing: Metro 2033
  6. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  7. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  8. Testing: Just Cause 2
  9. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  10. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  11. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Testing: Temperatures
  15. Testing: Power Consumption
  16. Conclusion
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