MSI GTX560-Ti OC SLI Review

MSI GTX560-Ti OC SLI Review


One of the most popular ways to obtain great performance for a sensible amount of expenditure has been to use two lower priced cards paired up, either as SLI or Crossfire.

There are many options available for this purpose and today we’re looking at the GTX560-Ti. No ordinary GTX560s though, these are from MSI and come with the always brilliant Twin Frozr cooler that we love so much here at OC3D Towers.

With the GTX580 being the single-GPU king we’re hoping that the combination of these two MSI cards will give us better performance for the same money, whilst still providing the PhysX and CUDA benefits you get with nVidia.

As we’ve looked at the GTX560 before let’s get straight down to it.

Technical Specifications

Heading over to the MSI website we can see the specifications of the cards on test. MSI produce three models of the GTX560, the standard, the OC and the SOC. We have the OC model on hand which boosts the GPU Core speed from 822MHz to 880MHz and the memory is up from the standard 1000MHz to 1050MHz.

Graphics Engine GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Bus Standard PCI Express x16 2.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size(MB) 1024
Memory Interface 256 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 880
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 4200
Memory Bandwidth(GB/sec) N/A
Texture Fill Rate(billion/sec) N/A
DVI Output 2
D-SUB Output 2(optional, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor)
HDMI-Output 2(Optional, via Mini HDMI to HDMI dongle)
Mini HDMI-Output 1
DisplayPort N/A
Mini DisplayPort N/A
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
Display Output (Max Resolution) 2560×1600
DirectX Version Support 11
OpenGL Version Support 4.1
SLI Support Y
3-way SLI N/A
Card Dimension(mm) 238 x 111 x 37mm


Of course we have to get a look a the cards, so turn over and we’ll have a closer look.