MSI N560GTX, Palit GTX560 & Zotac GTX 560 Reviewed

By on January 25, 2011
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A new price/performance king emerges?

Good: Great performance for the price, Incredible overclocking, Very quiet on custom cooling solution
Bad: Stock cooler can get loud
Price: AED 950+
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The MSI N560GTX-Ti comes with the famous Twin Frozr II cooling solution of MSI’s, which meant a factory overclock and further headroom for overclocking, not to mention a cool and quiet card. And true to my expectations, the MSI N560GTX-Ti comes with a factory core clock of 880MHz and 4200MHz memory speeds. The first thing that I noticed though, was how incredibly quiet the Twin Frozr II fans were. It’s no exaggeration to say that on idle, the MSI N560GTX-Ti is barely audible (spinning at 1000rpm), even when you put your ear next to the card!

Overclocking the MSI N560GTX-Ti turned out to be quite a fun experience as this was the only card out of the three that managed an incredible 951MHz on the core clock. That’s 71MHz more than factory speeds and a whopping 129MHz over reference Nvidia speeds!

The MSI N560GTX-Ti comes at an MSRP of $285 (AED 1,100) which is well worth the price given the overclocking potential of the card. This is probably why the MSI card is also the biggest of them all, to keep things running cool (The Twin Frozr II heatsink still sticks out further than the PCB) and for such incredible overclocking potential.

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