nvidia560(1) Which GTX 560 to choose?

The recently released Nvidia GTX 560 comes in various forms. Different brands offer different clockspeed, coolers and also memory size. How do you decide which one to get?

Nvidia is banking heavily on overclocked versions of the GTX 560 to combat AMD. Most of their partners have at least one special edition, with some even forgoing the reference GTX 560. 

The card with the highest overclock out of those listed here is Zotac's GTX 560 AMP! edition, which pushes the core clock to a whopping 950MHz and the memory to 4400MHz. 

The key factors to look out for are:

1) Price – In a perfect world, price would scale with clockspeed. But this isn't always the case across brands.

2) Memory Size – A few manufacturers are offering 2GB versions of the GTX 560. The performance difference, however, will not be evident except at very high resolutions (think 2560 x 1600) or with anti-aliasing turned up.

3) Cooler – Having a good heatsink fan allows higher overclocks. Some manufacturers reuse the same heatsink across differently clocked models – If you get the cheaper model and overclock it yourself, chances are that you can match or even surpass the more expensive model.

4) Clockspeed – For Nvidia GTX 560, having a higher clockspeed in core frequency, shader frequency and memory frequency will get you better performance in games. However, one need not be so concerened in getting the highest overclocked edition GTX 560 as you can do it easily with the help of Nvidia System Tools or other overclocking utilities provided by the manufacturers.

5) Warranty – The longer, the better.

Note that the prices listed are estimates based on a search of online stores. After rebates and other discounts, your mileage may vary. Variants which we could not find in stores have no price listed.

ASUS

Brand Type Core (MHz) Shader (MHz) Memory (MHz) Memory Size Link
ASUS
GTX 560 
DirectCu
810 1620 4008 1GB ASUS
GTX 560 
DirectCu II OC
850 1700 4200 1GB ASUS
GTX 560 
DirectCu II TOP
925 1850 4200 1GB ASUS
GTX 560 DirectCu
GTX 560 DirectCu II OC
GTX 560 DirectCu II TOP
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ASUS has three variants of the GTX 560, all of which has a memory size of 1GB. ASUS GTX 560 DirectCu is the basic model which follows the clockspeed of the reference Nvidia GTX 560. The DirectCu II models are overclocked versions and have a different heatsink fan compared to the DirectCu models.

EVGA

Brand Type Core (MHz) Shader (MHz) Memory (MHz) Memory Size Link
EVGA
GTX 560
810 1620 4008 1GB EVGA
GTX 560 Superclocked
850 1700 4104 1GB EVGA
GTX 560 2048MB Superclocked
850 1700 4008 2GB EVGA

 

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EVGA has three different types of GTX 560. One is the basic GTX 560 which follows the reference Nvidia GTX 560 clockspeed. The other two are the overclocked versions of the GTX 560 1GB and 2GB models. 

GAINWARD

Brand Type Core (MHz) Shader (MHz) Memory (MHz) Memory Size Link
GAINWARD
GTX 560 Golden Sample
822 1644 4040 1GB GAINWARD
GTX 560 Phantom
822 1644 4040 1GB GAINWARD
GTX 560 2048MB
810 1620 4008 2GB GAINWARD

 

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GAINWARD has three models as well. It has the 2GB version which runs at the default frequency. The other two 1GB versions have the same clockspeed, a slight overclock from 810MHz (core) to 822MHz. However, they have a different set of cooler. The Phantom have 2 smaller fans concealed within the heatsink.