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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)
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 8970 (OEM) are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition.

The GTX 560 and the HD 8970 have the same core clock speed of 925 MHz, but the HD 8970 has 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560. As a result, the HD 8970 exhibits a 66.6 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 and the HD 8970 have both the same core clock speed and the same Pixel Fill Rate. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 8970 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 560, and so the HD 8970 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 560.

The HD 8970 has 2048 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 8970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 8970 has 129.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560, which means that the memory performance of the HD 8970 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 8970 (OEM) has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the HD 8970 is 1610. The HD 8970 having 988 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 8970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 560.

The HD 8970 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560. This means that the HD 8970 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the HD 8970. The HD 8970 requires 100 Watts more than the GTX 560 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 8970 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 MHzvs925 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date19 May 2011vs08 Jan 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
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
6.2
3840x2160 - vs green tick
4.7

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs264GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs2048
Actual Shader Performance30%vs77%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs128
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs118.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs29.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
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.
Overview
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is an OEM only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti XT which has 32 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 925MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1375MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7970 and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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