We can't have been the only people who were disappointed with the overclocking speed and performance of the latest GTX560Ti 448 cards.
So having a little extra time we went back and did a complete fresh install of everything and tried to improve the results. The Gigabyte was stubborn in its refusal to overclock any further than we originally saw, but the MSI proved to be a corker. Here are some fresh results.
Our test setup remained the same, just with a fresh install of Windows 7, and the results with the MSI are comprehensively better. 1GHz on the core is stunning, especially when you consider that this is a GF110 GPU. Amazing.
Despite the ridiculously high overclock that we now have on the MSI, it's still cooler than the Gigabyte. 200MHz faster, 3°C cooler. Tough to argue with the capabilities of the Twin Frozr III cooler.
3D Mark 11
If you're willing to put in the time overclocking, and are lucky to get one that goes as high as ours, then this is capable of running at the same level as a stock GTX580. Half the price, equal performance.
3D Mark Vantage
The P-Score still shows that the architecture isn't quite capable of giving insane scores, but when we move into High, a resolution and detail level that most of you will use, the newly overclocked MSI GTX560Ti 448 outperforms an overclocked GTX570.
At the 1080 resolution, but without anti-aliasing, the MSI 448 is not only ahead of an overclocked GTX570, but ahead of the HD6950CF setup. Impressive doesn't begin to cover it.
With such a high level of image quality the GTX560Ti 448 still can't quite keep up with the genuine heavy-hitters, but it's ahead of the GTX570 Overclock, which surprised us considering the pricing structure.
Batman Arkham City
Despite the MSI being greatly overclocked it still doesn't perform that impressively in Batman Arkham City. It's better than it was before, but still fairly middling.
The second of the two games that the 448 is designed to demolish is the Frostbyte 2 engined Battlefield 3. With such a huge overclock it's up there with an overclocked GTX580 and only just shy of the magic 60 FPS barrier.
Having gone away and had another go at overclocking the GTX560Ti 448 from MSI we ended up being shocked in more ways than one.
Firstly the GF110 GPU that is at the heart of the new 448 core version of the GTX560Ti has never been a monster overclocker, and yet this went from a stock speed of 750MHz all the way up to 1000MHz. When overclocking we're always seeking those fine percentage increases of 'free' performance, yet a 33% increase is a bit more than a fine percentage. It's so high it left our collective jaws upon the floor.
It wasn't just a case of a big number either, as the results were generally spectacular. It was consistently faster than an overclocked GTX570 and on occasion was neck and neck with the GTX580.
Perhaps most impressively this enormously improved overclock didn't provide too much heat for the Twin Frozr III cooler to handle, and it was still quicker than the Gigabyte 448, a card that steadfastly refused to overclock any further on our modified setup.
So it's hands up time. nVidia drivers are usually happy to work perfectly after a driver sweep and reboot/reinstall procedure. I assumed that would be the case this time but it clearly wasn't as on a fresh install of Windows 7 the MSI was comprehensively better than we saw yesterday.
Suddenly that £250 price-tag for a card that overclocks like a demon and outperforms a GTX570 and can run a GTX580 close seems like a bargain, and we're happy to modify our score and award to reflect this. The important thing is that the final result accurately reflects the product.
Our feelings at stock remain the same as they were in our earlier review. But if you're willing to put the time in to overclocking you have a card that is definitely worthy of our Gold Award.
Thanks to MSI for supplying the GTX560Ti 448 for review. Discuss in our forum.