Zotac GTX 560 Multiview 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review - Test Setup and Overclocking

Test System:

CPU: Intel i5-2500K @3.8GHz

Thermal Paste: Noctua NT-H1

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro

RAM: 2x4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme II 1600MHz DDR3

GPU: Zotac GTX 560 Multiview

OS HDD: Patriot Pyro 60GB SSD

Secondary HDD: Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD

 

Test Procedure

We ran a variety of benchmarks to evaluate how the GTX 560 Multiview performs alongside two other members of the GTX 560 family, the GTX 560Ti Crysis 2 edition from eVGA, and the ASUS GTX 560Ti 448 Core edition.  Each benchmark was run a minimum of 3 times, and if greater than 10% variability was seen between runs, additional runs were conducted to ensure variability was eliminated across a wide number of runs.  We ran an overclocked setting on the GTX 560 Multiview so that the clocks matched those of our reference GTX 560Ti card we will primarily be comparing to.

 

All three cards were tested on the full-release 295.73 drivers provided by Nvidia.

 

The following were used to benchmark a wide variety of graphical engines from DX9 to DX11:

-Far Cry 2 Benchmark Tool

-World in Conflict Benchmark Tool

-Dirt 3 Benchmark Tool

-Aliens vs. Predators Benchmark Tool

-3DMark11 GPU Benchmark Suite

 

Overclocking

The GTX 560 series likely isn't often used for overclocking, but we didn't have any issue boosting the clock speeds to 900MHz and the memory clock to 1800MHz, the stock clock speeds on our factory overclocked GTX 560Ti.  However, even with voltage control enabled, we were not able to bump the voltage up for anything more aggressive than the 900/1800 MHz overclock.  Temperatures were also still very good while overclocked, with peak load temperatures only reaching 70°C.

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