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I am returning the Gigabyte GTX 560 ti SOC @ 950MHz for the second time so it is time to choose a completely different product. I want a "silent" factory overclocked CUDA GPU which led me to the SOC but that didn't turn out well. Now that I have to choose again I am contemplating the following two choices. If my research and calculations are correct, the difference are

Price - 36% or 24% (w/o rebate)
Performance - 10-20%
Shaders/CUDA - 480 vs 384 = 25%

Please let me know if you can think of any other comparisons. I appreciate any thoughts or comments to help me make a better decision

Sparkle Calibre X570 @ 772MHz w/ Arctic cooling - $340
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Sparkle-GeForce-PCI-Express-MiniHDMI-Graphics/dp/B004SGZH46/ref=sr_1_19?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1308689476&sr=1-19"]Amazon.com: Sparkle GeForce GTX570 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express with Native MiniHDMI Graphics Card: Electronics[/ame] (fixed)

MSI Hawk GTX 560 Ti @ 950MHz w/ Twin Frozr III - $275 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578&cm_re=560_ti_950mhz-_-14-127-578-_-Product70
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Your Amazon link isn't working for me, but the Calibre 570 should be a very good 570 and will be just about as quiet of a GPU you can get without going really weak and passive. The only downside would be that overvolting wouldn't really be recommended on that 570 because it uses the reference PCB which means you will have to worry about VRM problems. If you want a 570 that you could overvolt without worry then the Asus DCII would be my recommendation, it's also very quiet and has a Custom design PCB and VRM. The Calibre would probably be just a little bit quieter but both are incredibly quiet, I've had the DCII and even overclocked I could hear HDD use over the card, so I can't imagine it being too loud for just about any circumstance.

The hawk is probably the best 560ti out right now and it's a good value but I think I would probably pay the extra $75 for the Asus DCII.
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Hawk, offers almost 570 performance.
 
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How soon are you looking to buy?If you don't mind OB newegg has some great deals,you just have to catch them when they are available(couple times a week).I brought my card this way and recieved everything except the box.And haven't had any problems with the card(reached 1000MHz core clock oc).I agree with juano's suggestions at anyrate.Unless you would consider ATI cards.

Check out what they have in stock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%204809&IsNodeId=1&name=Desktop%20Graphics%20%2f%20Video%20Cards&SpeTabStoreType=99

http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=20
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Thanks for the quick responses. My whole rig is already set up so I hope to buy asap before I return my current 560 Ti SOC. I don't think there are any OB at newegg now. Do we get manufacturer's warranty on OB? I prefer NVidia at the moment specifically for the CUDA support. I'll read up on that Asus DCII but it is a huge one at three bays!
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I have a hawk in one of my rig and right now it is running Crysis benchmark for stability. When it gets hot the fans crank up and it gets real loud, but that doesn't bother me. You said you worry about noise so get a 560 with a reference cooler, because those are truely silent, if not just get the hawk. It's performance is almost the same as a stock 570.
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The sparkle calibre you were considering is also triple slot, and if you want as quiet as possible then triple slot is the way to go.
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Thanks juano! I didn't realize that. I have another question. How would you compare the Asus DCII to the MSI Twin Frozr III?
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Originally Posted by haojan;13955345 
Thanks juano! I didn't realize that. I have another question. How would you compare the Asus DCII to the MSI Twin Frozr III?

If we're talking about 560 Ti's, then,

Hawk TFIII is the better card, clocked higher, quality of parts, better cooling, 3 year warranty since the card was just released.

Granted, both are superb cards, either of those will be a fantastic choice.

They both offer near 570 performance, with the chance to clock higher, no other 560 Ti has the chance to OC as much as the Hawk, but, this is relative to the card you get, some OC better, some don't.
 
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First let me say that I have used the Asus DCII 570 for about 2 months and the Twin Frozr III on this 580 for about 3 weeks, my Twin Frozr 3 on the 580 should actually be a little quieter than the TF3 on the 570 though because on the 580 it uses larger fans. Anyway the DCII is hands down the winner in the noise department, even overclocked I could not hear the card over my 2 Nexus Basic 120mm case fans, and those thing spin at 1000rpm so they are darn quiet. You could even clearly hear a HHD seeking over that card at full load. The MSI TF3 is by no means a loud card, I was much more worried about the noise increase coming from the DCII to the TF3 than I needed to be, it's not loud, just not near silent like the DCII is. So as far as noise I would definitely go with the Asus, as far as everything else they are pretty similar but I have seen greater success from people overclocking the MSI so that would be enough to barley tip the scales in it's favor in areas other than noise.

Let me know if you'd like more info than that about those two cards. Like I said if ou want as quiet as possible then triple slot is the way to go, the cooler on the Sparkle Calibre is about as quiet as cards with fans get but should only be slightly quieter than the Asus DCII whereas I would say the difference between the Asus and the MSI would be more noticeable in terms of noise.
Both the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N570GTX-Twin-Frozr-Power/dp/B004XVMAKU/"]MSI[/ame] and
Asus can be found for about $330 right now which is a great deal for either of them.

EDIT: oh crap, are we talking about 560tis and I missed it? If we are talking 560tis then my thoughts are just about exactly reversed, I don't like the Asus DCII cooler on the 560ti and the MSI TFIII 560ti Hawk is probably the best one on the market currently.
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