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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 470
Red Dead Redemption 2 180% 182%
Halo: Reach 11% 11%
Cyberpunk 2077 285% 287%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 180% 182%
Doom Eternal 141% 142%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 287%
Grand Theft Auto VI 329% 330%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 73% 74%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 285% 287%
Need For Speed Heat 180% 182%

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 Nvidia GeForce GTX 470.

The GTX 560 has a 318 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GeForce GTX 470. This results in the GTX 560 providing 17.8 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 318 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 470. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 560 manages to provide 5.3 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 a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 470, 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 GeForce GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 has 256 MB more video memory than the GTX 560, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 560 has 0.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 560 is marginally better than the GeForce GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 470 has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 470 is 544. The GTX 560 having 78 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 GeForce GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 470 requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 470. The GeForce GTX 470 requires 65 Watts more than the GTX 560 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 470 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 MHzvs607 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1Fermi GF100-275-A3
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date19 May 2011vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs837 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs133.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs448
Actual Shader Performance30%vs26%
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs34 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs40
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs24.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
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

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 GTX 470 is a high-end GPU based on the 40nm Fermi architecture.
It's based on the Fermi GF100 Core and offers 480 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 40 ROPs. The central unit runs at 607MHz and the memory clock operates at 837MHz.
Compared to GeForce GTX 480, it delivers considerably worse performance due to the lower SPU count and lower clocked central unit and therefore also lower Shaders speed.
Most modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution. However, some will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
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