ECS GTX 560 vs Zotac GTX 560: Budget cards battle

By on June 26, 2011
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Battle for $200

Good: Factory overclocked cards perform better than stock GTX 560 Ti, Runs cool
Bad: Not as fast as competitors at stock speeds, Overclocked cards price comes close to GTX 560 Ti, SLI performance isn't worth the investment
Price: AED 800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Nvidia has been enjoying the high-end crown for quite some time now with the GTX 570 and 580 series. Their star champion though, the GTX 560 Ti is more on the expensive side. For that price range of $250~ and below, AMD reigns supreme with their HD 6950 cards, going down to HD 6870 and HD 6850 for which Nvidia has absolutely no competition when it comes to price/ performance. And while the GTX 550 Ti proved to be paltry when compared the HD 6790, Nvidia hopes to take advantage of the <$200 market with their recent GTX 560 cards.

Today I’ll be looking at the ECS GTX 560 and the Zotac GTX 560 AMP! Edition cards. While the former card runs at stock speeds, the AMP! Edition moniker obviously shows a super-clocked edition from Zotac’s side, but more on that later.

Coming back to the GTX 560, the idea behind it is simple: take the mainstream GTX 560 Ti, disable a few cores, lower clock speeds, and sell it cheaper. The end result is that the GTX 560 runs on the same GF114 chip as the GTX 560 Ti with the same number of transistors, ROPs and bus bandwidth. However, the GTX 560 has 336 shaders running at 810MHz on the core and 4004MHz on memory; whereas the GTX 560 Ti has 48 more shaders, running at slightly higher speeds. That’s why you pay $50 less. Also, minimum PSU requirements are 450W instead of 500W required for the GTX 560Ti.

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