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ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP Video Card Review
|Product:||ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP ENGTX560 DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5|
|Date:||Thu, Aug 25, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Bill Hentschell -|
Retail Box and BundleThe front of retail box for the ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II Top has the normal nice graphics and the icon call outs for some of the key features of this video card. ASUS also highlights that this is not your normal GTX 560 with the red and silver "Overclocked" badge below the 925 MHz text. This in conjunction with the bold "TOP" at the bottom is to make sure you realize that the reason this version cost $50.00 - $60.00 more is because it is their TOP factory overclock.
The back of the box is your typical marketing in multiple languages highlighting a few more of the key features of the ASUS version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560.
The highlight features are:
- DirectCUII utilizing dual fans and three 6mm flattened copper heat-pipes with direct GPU contact for 20% better cooling that standard GTX 560 cards
- ASUS Super Alloy Power that results in a 15% performance increase, 2.5 times longer product lifespan, and 35C cooler operation compared to traditional components
- Voltage Tweak technology that allows you to bust the GPU voltages via ASUS software up to 50% faster clock speeds.
Just be aware that if you do attempt to further overclock this card your results will vary based on your PC and you potentially will need a better cooling solution to hit that 50% improvement.
The packaging is very nice for this card as you would expect from the TOP version. There is a box inside of a box that contains yet other boxes. The left side has a slim box with a quick start manual, the driver and full manual CD. The right box contains the mini HDMI, extra molex to 6-Pin PCI-E power connectors, and the DVI to VGA converter.
Behind the left box is the actual GTX 560 DirectCUII Top card and is surrounded by thick foam.
Also notice that they placed blue plastic protectors on all the contacts to prevent them from harm. Very thoughtful touch and makes you feel like they took their time putting this package together.
Next Page - The Test System
Page 1 - The ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP
Page 2 - A Closer Look At The ENGTX560
Page 3 - Retail Box and Bundle
Page 4 - The Test System
Page 5 - Aliens vs. Predator
Page 6 - Just Cause 2
Page 7 - Metro 2033
Page 8 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 9 - H.A.W.X. 2 Benchmark
Page 10 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 11 - 3DMark 11
Page 12 - FurMark 1.8.5 & 1.9.1
Page 13 - Temperature Testing
Page 14 - Power Consumption
Page 15 - Overclocking theASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP
Page 16 - Final Thoughts & Conclusions