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GTX 560 Ti: Twin Frozr II vs DirectCU II

Poll Results: Which GTX 560 Ti?

 
  • 50% (10)
    MSI Twin Frozr II
  • 40% (8)
    Asus DirectCU II
  • 10% (2)
    Other
20 Total Votes  
post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Which GTX 560 Ti should I choose, MSI Twin Frozr II or Asus DirectCU II?
  • Which one is cooler (both idle/load)?
  • Which one is quieter (both idle/load)?
  • Which one has better overclocking capability?

Twin Frozr II is 10 euros more expensive than DirectCU II. And by the way, don't recommend MSI Hawk because it's so much more expensive than these two cards.
post #2 of 14
Personally I loved my GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II. It was able to overclock extremely well (ymmv) being able to hit over 1GHz on the core (wish I could remember what I got for the memory). It would idle and even load for the most part rather quietly. I think it wasn't until I had the fan speed at about 70 or 80% I could start to hear it, though mind you I run on a test bench so any noise my parts make I can hear (where as a case will dampen some of those noises).
post #3 of 14
Well I don't really like the cooler on the Asus and I'd imagine it would be slightly hotter and louder than the MSI but the MSI does not have any VRM heatsinks and the Asus does. This is an important factor IMO and I would not be heavily overvolting any card that did not have adequate VRM cooling personally. I would probably go with the MSI over the Asus, but please add some VRM heatsinks when you can afford to and before maxing out the voltage on that card.
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post #4 of 14
Love my Asus. Excellent overclocker. I think I might go with the TFIII over the TFII if I was picking the MSI one, but I don't think you can go wrong.

That said, they're all loud with fans > 70% or so. Any card is. At idle though, my card was at 29° last night, steady.
post #5 of 14
I prefer the DCII. The TFII dont have any heatsink on the VRMs, wich i dont like to see(or dont see ... )

DCII


TFII
post #6 of 14

I've never used a DCU2 card, but my old 460 Hawks (TF2) were easily the quietest cards I've ever owned. Even on full load they were barely audible.

For a head to head comparison though:


As for overclocking capability, that will mostly come down to your luck of the draw. Neither are binned afaik (chips chosen for MSI Hawk/Lightning series cards are though).

As Juano mentioned, the Asus has VRM cooling, which is always a plus if you're doing heavy over volting. Still, I don't believe the DCU2 cards have shown any higher OC potential on average.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. More votes and opinions are welcome.

It seems that the only negative thing in the Twin Frozr II is the lack of VRM cooling but still Twin Frozr II would be a better choice than DirectCU II.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, I guess I'll get GTX 560 Ti with Twin Frozr II.
post #9 of 14
I have a 570 DCII and it's cool but very big. I don't know if you plan on SLI'ing them in the future but if you do: Get the TFIII. 3 slot cooler is quite big

EK does make fullcover blocks for the DCII 570 and 580. Don't know if they fit on a DCII 560 but might be worth looking into if you watercool.
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post #10 of 14
The 560ti DCII is only dual slot, but I don't like it's cooler very much, I prefer the MSI's cooler but I would put some VRM heatsinks on it.
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