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.

So with that in mind let’s take a look at the cards in today’s test. First we have the ECS GTX 560 which seems to be based completely on the reference Nvidia designs. Speeds remain stock as well, with 810/4004MHz. The ECS GTX 560 retails for $190 (AED 760).

Our second contestant is Zotac’s GTX 560 AMP! Edition that factory overclocked to 950Mhz on Core and 4400MHz on Memory speeds. That’s one of the highest factory overclocks from all of Nvidia partners for a GTX 560 card. Of course, handling all of this speeds are two fans instead of the standard one, plus an improved heatsink. Both cards come with the standard two 6-pin power adapters to keep things running. The Zotac GTX 560 AMP! Edition retails for $220 (AED 880).

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