Test Setup & Benchmarking Procedure
We’re going to be running the ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Top through a full range of tests.. As we have recently completely overhauled our GPU testing procedure, some tests may not have comparison data simply because those cards have not been tested under the new procedure. As time goes on, comparison results will become readily available.
This is the system we will be using to test the GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Top.
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP
Memory: 16GB G.Skill RipjawsZ
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty Series 1000W
Storage: 750GB SATA II Drive
Cooling: Noctua NH-L12
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
As always we’re first going to verify our numbers and make sure we’re accurately reporting the performance specification of the card. Here’s a GPU-Z screenshot, listing all the information required.
Before we actually get into the benchmarks and games, let’s do a simple temperature test to see what the idle and load temperatures of the card will be.
When we cover graphics cards, we always run the same benchmarking suites and then a selection of the most popular and hardware intensive games available.
Firstly, the suites we’ll be using are:
|3DMark 11||Performance 720p, Extreme 1080p|
|3DMark Vantage||Performance 720p|
The demo benchmarks we’ll be using are:
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat||High preset, DX11, 1920×1080, MSAA x4, SSAO: HBAO, Tessellation enabled.|
|Alien Vs. Predator||Resolution: 1920×1080, Textures: Very High, Shadows: High, Anisotropic Filtering: 16x, SSAO: On, Tessellation: On, DX11 Advanced Shadows: On, MSAA: 0|
|Unigine Heaven||DX11, Tessellation: Normal, Anisotropy: 4x, Anti-Aliasing: 0x-8x, Resolution: 1920×1080.|
|Stone Giant||Resolution: 1920×1080, Tessellation: High, Aspect Ratio: 16:9|
Finally, the full games we’ll be utilizing are:
|Game||Map/Mission/Zone||Presets and Benchmarking Method|
|Battlefield 3||Operation Swordbreaker||Preset: High, 1920×1080.
200 second FRAPS.
|Metro 2033||Frontline||DirectX 11, 1920×1080, “Medium” quality preset, MSAA 4x, AF 16x. DOF On. PhysX is disabled in order to provide a fair playing field for AMD GPU’s.
Using full game’s built in benchmarking tool.
|Crysis II||Times Square||Quality: High, 1920×1080, 4x Anti-Aliasing, DX11, Edge AA, Hi-res texture pack enabled.
Using full game with Adrenaline Crysis 2 Benchmark Tool 18.104.22.168
|TES V:Skyrim||Opening cart scene||Preset: High. 1920×1080. Using full game. 180 seconds FRAPS.|