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Date 31st May 2011
Author DiGiTaL MoNkEY
Editor James "Agg" Rolfe
Manufacturer GIGABYTE

Synthetic Benchmarks:
Benchmark: 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 11
Score: GPU/Graphics Score Only - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.

Benchmark: Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.

Noise and Temperature Results:
Noise measurements were taken with a digital sound meter approximately 3cm away from the video card fans, reducing the ability of other components such as the CPU or PSU fans to interfere with the final results. Software used for stressing was 3DMark Vantage, looped until the sound level was stable and stopped rising.

Temperature readings were taken at an ambient temperature of approximately 22 degrees Celsius, on a open test bench with the fan set to auto. Load and idle temperatures were monitored by MSI's Afterburner utility. Software used for stressing was 3DMark Vantage, looped until the temperature was stable and stopped rising.

GIGABYTE offer a fairly well balanced product for their first GTX 560 offering, and while it doesn't feature the fastest factory overclock we've tested, it does have a slight boost over a vanilla GTX 560 which is always nice; leaving the overclocking fun to users. Nevertheless, the most unique feature in their offering is the inclusion of two large 100mm PWM controlled fans, making sure the card is well cooled and resulting in some impressive idle and load results that keep up with some of the quietest products we have tested. But as for overclocking, we were able to increase the core to a healthy 970 MHz and memory to 2250 MHz (4500 MHz effective) utilising the voltage adjustments available in Afterburner. And while it wasn't able to achieve the magical 1 GHz mark on the core, the performance differences in reaching that goal weren't that staggering, mainly due to the limitations of the GTX 560 architecture.

All in all, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 OC offers users a well designed and near-silent cooling solution that can take the load of increasing the factory voltages and clock speeds, all within the smallest GTX 560 form factor we've tested, making sure that you won't have problems in more compact case designs. Its overclocking performance was respectable and while we had hoped for some higher clocks, it really does depend on the card that you get, as not all cards can reach 1 GHz with just a click of a button. But unlike other GTX 560 cards that are priced higher than current GTX 560 Ti offerings, GIGABYTE made a point of releasing a cut down GTX 560 version by balancing the cooler and hardware implementation, making it much more affordable than other manufacturer alternatives, but with similar results. The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 OC is currently available to purchase in Australia, and includes a 3 year warranty.

Feel free to comment on this review in this thread.

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