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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB
Red Dead Redemption 2 180% 1197%
Cyberpunk 2077 285% 1682%
Doom Eternal 141% 1015%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 73% 700%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 180% 1197%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 1682%
FIFA 20 49% 591%
Grand Theft Auto VI 329% 1882%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 285% 1682%
Need For Speed Heat 180% 1197%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB.

The GTX 560 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the 8600 GTS. This results in the GTX 560 providing 41 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Render Output Units than the 8600 GTS. This results in the GTX 560 providing 24.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. 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 three years more recently than the 8600 GTS, and so the GTX 560 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 8600 GTS when running the latest games.

The GTX 560 has 768 MB more video memory than the 8600 GTS, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 560 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 560 has 102.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GTS, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 560 is massively better than the 8600 GTS.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GTS is 54. The GTX 560 having 568 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 560 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GTS.

The GTX 560 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GTS. This means that the GTX 560 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GTS.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GTS. The GTX 560 requires 75 Watts more than the 8600 GTS to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 560 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8600 GTS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1Tesla G84
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date19 May 2011vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs32GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs32
Actual Shader Performance30%vs3%
Texture Mapping Units56vs16
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs10.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs8
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs5.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1280x720

Gaming Performance Value

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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

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.

Benchmarks Indicate a 9% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
GeForce 8600 GTS is a fast-middle-class GFX based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G84 Core and offers 32 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of GDDR3. The central unit runs at 675MHz and the memory clock operates 1000MHz. It will consume no more than 75 Watt.
It's therefore a further clocked GeForce 8600 GT and should be significantly faster.
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Today's games will run at medium settings although extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
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