ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP Video Card Review

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The Test System

The test system we used for the ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II Top card has seen a few upgrades since the last hardware that tried to prove itself.  We are still running an Intel i5-2500k  ‘Sandy Bridge’ quad core processor running at stock 3.3 GHz, 4 GB of Corsair Dominator 1600 MHz memory, 700 Watt OCZ PSU, and a Seagate 7200 RPM 500 GB hard disk.  The first upgrade to the test bench was the addition of an OCZ 100GB Vertex Limited Edition SATA II SSD drive to run Window 7 Professional 64-Bit  SP1 with all the updates. 

ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP test bench


 

The second and more significant upgrade was the addition of a Dell U3011 30″ flat panel display to really see what this ASUS card can do at 2560 x 1600 resolution.

Dell U3011


 

We also used a NVIDIA reference GeForce GTX 560 as a comparison in all the benchmarks so you could see what the extra 15% overclock provided.

Reference GeForce GTX560


 

ASUSGTX Front


Both cards were tested using the latest Forceware 280.26 WHQL drivers that were just released on August 9th and provides many new fixes.


The ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II Top also had the bios flashed to the new 560 5.26.2011 update that ASUS said improved both the performance of the card and adds a better fan profile to provide a better balance between cooling and noise.

ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II Top ENGTX560 details:

ASUS GTX 560 top GPU-z details

ASUS GTX 560 Top GPU-z sensors


Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core i5 2500k

Motherboard

ASUS P8P67 B3

Memory

Corsair Dominator 4GB 1600 MHz

Video Card

Asus ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP

OS Hard Drive

OCZ Vertex Limited Edition100GB SATA II

Storage Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB

Cooling

Intel Stock Cooler

N/A

Power Supply

OCZ Technology ModXStream Pro 700W

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Display

Dell U3011 30" LCD 2560 x 1600

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