Performance and Benchmarks
Our system that we did this review with was based on the following parts:Intel Core i7-3960X Processor @ Stock clocksGigabyte X79-UD7 MotherboardIntel Active Thermal Solution RTS2011LC (Asetek LCLC-HP OEM)Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz 1.65v CL9 DDR3 RAM
Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC Graphics card
EVGA GTX 480 FTW HC
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB graphics card flashed with 6970 BIOSPatriot Pyro 120GB SSDCoolerMaster UCP 1100W PSUDimastech BenchSynthetic Benchmarks3DMark 11 Scores
In 3DMark 11, we decided to run all 3 different tests in our cards and compare them against eachother. Looking at our results, the EVGA GTX 480 FTW HC pretty much handily beat both our GTX 560 Ti OC as well as our unlocked HD 6950 graphics cards. In all 3 benchmarks, actually the GTX 560 Ti loses to the other GPUs, but considering the price differences, the GTX 560 Ti OC is actually a pretty good performer per dollar.PCMark 7 Score
In PCMark 7 we tested the cards against each other and noticed that most of the graphics cards we had tested really didn't illustrate much of a difference as most cards performed within about 3% of each other which indicates this benchmark isn't as GPU dependant as you'd think, but it does demonstrate daily use performance expectations.Cinebench R11.5 GPU OpenGL Benchmark
In this test, we were able to check the OpenGL capability of the various GPUs that we tested against the GTX 560 Ti. Looking at the benchmark results, the GTX 560 Ti actually just outperformed the GTX 480 from EVGA which means that the 500 series GeForce cards have a performance increase for open GL going from the 400 series to the 500 series since the 560 Ti is a upper-mid range card.
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