Author: Bob Buskirk
- Test Setup & Benchmarking Procedure
- Testing – Suites
- Testing – Demos
- Testing – Full Games
- Final Thoughts
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Overview
The GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP from ASUS looks much like many other DirectCU II cards and the shroud covers most of the card. Even though this is an NVIDIA card ASUS has still kept their red and black styling for the shroud. This have matched this with a black PCB on the card for an all around good look.
The DirectCU II cooling system is exclusive to ASUS graphics cards and they say it will cool 20% better than than NVIDIA’s reference cooling system. The DirectCU II cooler uses copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU. Two 80mm cooling fans keep the hot air moving out of your system.
If we take a look at the card from the sides we can see the DirectCU II system and the heatsinks. There is an ASUS logo on the side of the card that will face out of your system. That way if you have a case with a window everyone will know you are rocking an ASUS video card. Also on this side is a metal bracket that makes the card more solid so you shouldn’t experience any drooping. This card uses ASUS’s Super Alloy Power technology which uses a special alloy formula in critical power delivery components, which is highly-magnetic, heat-resistant and anti-corrosive. ASUS’s says this gives the card a 15% performance boost, 35°C cooler operation and 2.5 times longer lifespan and quieter operation compared to the reference design.
Even though this is the overclocked edition of the card it uses the same dual 6pin PCI-E connectors on the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards. As far as connections goes on the card you have two DVI ports and a single mini HDMI port. Remember ASUS does include a mini HDMI to HDMI adapter and DVI to VGA adapter.