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Friday, 16 September 2011 09:12

Gainward GTX 560 2GB reviewed - 12. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: GTX560 1GB vs GTX560 2GB




Conclusion

We tested Gainward’s GTX 560 2048MB card, which does great at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080. Depending on the game and graphics settings, you could also hit 2560x1600 without stutters.

Twice the amount of memory found on reference cards will probably catch the eye of less experienced users, as 1024MB of memory will be enough in for most of GTX 560 gaming. Naturally, there are benefits to more memory, mostly when graphics settings are maxed out at 2560x1600. However, the GTX 560’s GPU simply isn’t fast enough to handle such frame rates so the few frames more that you get by doubling the memory will hardly make a difference. Additional memory can however come in handy to users who use special game modes or those who like downsampling.

The fact that Gainward’s special cooling isn’t quieter than reference cooling, although it isn’t much louder either, it is a bit underwhelming. The card is inaudible when idle. The GTX 560 2048MB comes with standard HDMI out, which, coupled with quiet idle mode, may attract multimedia computer owners.

If you manage to find Gainward’s GTX 560 2048MB priced at €15-20 more than the reference version, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t invest in the future. The lowest price we managed to find is €40 higher than the 1GB version, here.


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+1 #1 Tranzz 2011-09-16 10:32
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Gainward Geforce GTX 560 2048MB "Phantom" The Phantom is designed for those with a taste for maximum silence. Although factory overclocked by only 12MHz, powerful Phantom cooling will have you covered if you decide to push the card further. Core Clock 822 MHz Memory Size 1,024 MB


typo has 1gb of mem not 2
 
 
-29 #2 dan 2011-09-16 10:52
Waste of money. Buy the AMD equivalent performer for FAR LESS money.
 
 
+5 #3 bardenck 2011-09-16 14:25
so, other than metro at 2560, the extra gig is 100% useless, as is the 560 itself in metro at 2560, regardless...
 
 
+2 #4 godrilla 2011-09-17 15:59
Anyone playing metro 2033 @ 1600p needs 3 gtx 580 in sli just to get smooth gameplay @ max settings not a the gtx 560 with extra ram lol!
I feel like extra ram on any gpu is always over priced for the lack of perfomance gain anayway!

This is the same case for a gtx 580 with 3 gigs priced @ $100 or even more than vanilla flavor!

Ram these days costs very cheap ( for example brand name corsair 16 gigs for less than $100)

This is where gpu companies are making their profits from the naive.
 
 
+2 #5 BernardP 2011-09-19 02:07
This GTX560 is mercifully short, and thus a good fit for small footprint systems with decent performance.
 

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