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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire
Red Dead Redemption 2 180% 57%
Cyberpunk 2077 285% 116%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 73% 3%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 116%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 180% 57%
Doom Eternal 141% 35%
FIFA 20 49% 16%
Grand Theft Auto VI 329% 140%
Need For Speed Heat 180% 57%
Halo: Reach 11% 50%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition.

The GTX 560 has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5970, but the HD 5970 has 264 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560. As a result, the HD 5970 exhibits a 180.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 560. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 560 has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5970, but the HD 5970 has 96 more Render Output Units than the GTX 560. As a result, the HD 5970 exhibits a 63.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 560. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 560 was released over a year more recently than the HD 5970, and so the GTX 560 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 5970.

The HD 5970 has 3072 MB more video memory than the GTX 560, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 5970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 5970 has 377.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5970 is massively better than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire has 6400. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5970 is 3016. The HD 5970 having 2394 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire requires 588 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 850 Watts for the HD 5970. The HD 5970 requires 438 Watts more than the GTX 560 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 560.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1Hemlock XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date19 May 2011vs01 Nov 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs -
1600x900
7.9
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
6.1
vs green tick
8.3
2560x1440
4.1
vs green tick
5.8
3840x2160 - vs green tick
3.9

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs1024 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs512GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs6400
Actual Shader Performance30%vs100%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs320
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs232 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs128
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs92.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs588 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs850 Watts & 71 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-975 Quad 3.33GHz Extreme
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 560, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 925MHz, instead of 810MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1050MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: Copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU to speed up heat dissipation for over 20% cooler performance, DirectCU II takes cooling further with twin 80mm fans for doubled airflow.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 9% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon HD 5970 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 5970 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is only up to 12% better than a single Radeon HD 5970 performing by itself but it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 5970. Expect this combination to draw up to 588 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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