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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 180% 186%
Cyberpunk 2077 285% 293%
Doom Eternal 141% 146%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 73% 77%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 180% 186%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 293%
FIFA 20 49% 53%
Grand Theft Auto VI 329% 338%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 285% 293%
Need For Speed Heat 180% 186%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition.

The GTX 560 has a 5 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 6870. This results in the GTX 560 providing 0.3 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 5 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6870 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 560 providing 0.2 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 less than a year after the HD 6870, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition are the same, which means the GTX 560 and the HD 6870 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 515. The GTX 560 having 107 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 560 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6870.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition requires 251 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6870. The HD 6870 requires 101 Watts more than the GTX 560 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6870 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 MHzvs920 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1Terascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date19 May 2011vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
7.9
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1920x1080
6.1
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6.1
2560x1440
4.1
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs1120
Actual Shader Performance30%vs25%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs51.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs29.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs251 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
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 6870 Sapphire Dirt3 Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 6870 that features a small increase in the core-clock and a new cooling system called WindForce 3X.
The GPU runs cooler but the performance boost is of only 1% according to most benchmarks.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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