ASUS GeForce ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II Video Card ReviewThu, Feb 10, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Retail Box and Bundle
The retail box for the ASUS ENGTX560 lists the main features that the
card comes with and that the card utilizes a ‘dust-proof’ fan that has
25% longer lifespan than a traditional cooling fan. The dust-proof fan
is basically a fan that is designed with a different casing around the
fan motor/bearing to help keep dust out.
Turning the retail box over, we see even more marketing
text in many different languages and more details on the three main features of this video card.
- ASUS Exclusive DirectCU II Thermal Solution: ASUS uses a pair of cooling fans along with three 8mm flattened copper heat-pipes that directly contact the GPU for 20% lower temperatures than the NVIDIA reference designed GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
- Super Alloy Power: ASUS Super Alloy Power blends select elements under an exclusive forumula that results in a 15% performance increase, 2.5 longer product lifespan and 35C cooler operating temperatures.
- Voltage Tweak: ASUS Voltage Tweak technology allows you to boost GPU voltages via ASUS SmartDoctor to achieve up to 50% faster clock speeds. Overclocking capability may be varied by different cards and platforms. Extreme cooling is required to achieve 50% faster clock speeds.
Inside the retail box the ASUS GTX560 Ti DirectCU II Top video card was perfectly packed in foam that was laser cut for this specific video card. Notice the card didn’t come with a static bag, which is a trend that we are seeing with a number of manufacturers.
The ASUS GTX560 video card bundle included with the
ENGTX560 TI DCII Top/2DI/1GD5 graphics card includes a quick installation guide, a
drivers CD, a pair of 6-pin PCIe to 4-pin molex power adapters, a DVI-to-VGA adapter and a mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter.
When you fired up the driver CD that comes with the card you’ll see
this GUI that allows you to check out the user manual and install the
drivers and utilities if needed.
Taking a closer look at the utility section of the VGA driver disc we
can see that it also comes with two utilities that might come in handy.
- ASUS GamerOSD – Overclock during gameplay
- ASUS SmartDoctor – Overclocking and Intelligent Hardware Protection Tool
The one that we are highly interested in for this review is the ASUS
SmartDoctor utility as that will allow us to adjust the card’s voltages
and to overclock it to the max!