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I have narrowed down the 560ti as the card I want to upgrade to, but now I am trying to decide what manufacturer to go with. I was just going to get EVGA like I always do but I figured I would give someone else a shot.

The two I have been looking at the most are the MSI 560ti Twin Frozr and the Gigabyte 560ti SOC. Now without a doubt the Gigabyte is going to be the fastest out of the box, but it is also out of stock on Newegg and ~$20 more than all the other cards.

So what I want to know is can the MSI cards match the clocks of the Gigabyte card? (1000/4580) I have seen some video reviews showing the MSI card getting 1GHz core but I don't know if this is a cherry-picked card or if 90% of the cards perform the same way.

I realize it is not guaranteed that I will hit 1000/4580 with the MSI but if it is a really good chance I would rather get that card instead of the Gigabyte because it has a better cooler, longer warranty, and is cheaper.
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I myself would pick the MSI for my gaming card..
If I was gonna be volt modding and taking my card to the limit.. I might go with the Gigabyte..
MSI warranty > Gigabyte warranty IMO..
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I myself would pick the MSI for my gaming card..
If I was gonna be volt modding and taking my card to the limit.. I might go with the Gigabyte..
MSI warranty > Gigabyte warranty IMO..
Well I would hardly consider the clocks I want to achieve as "the limit" considering Gigabyte offers a card that comes out of the box like that.

The reason I am interested in these specific clocks though is that in multiple reviews featuring the Gigabyte SOC card it shows that it is roughly equal in performance with the 570, so that is what I am shooting for.

As far as the warranty goes I really don't like the 1 year, and not too fond of the 3 year either but I could live with that I guess. I really like lifetime warranties though because in my experience you can have a card fail 5-6 years down the road and at that time they don't even make your card anymore so they are forced to upgrade you to something that is current and (usually better) than the card you had before.
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Originally Posted by Semper Fidelis View Post

As far as the warranty goes I really don't like the 1 year, and not too fond of the 3 year either but I could live with that I guess. I really like lifetime warranties though because in my experience you can have a card fail 5-6 years down the road and at that time they don't even make your card anymore so they are forced to upgrade you to something that is current and (usually better) than the card you had before.
If you're the type to keep a card for 5-6 years I'd really go with an Evga model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130610

Factory OC'd to 900 core, and lifetime warranty. Plus it has free shipping, so in the end it's only a couple dollars more than the MSI card.
Edited by Booty Warrior - 2/3/11 at 5:56pm
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If you're the type to keep a card for 5-6 years I'd really go with an Evga model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130610

Factory OC'd to 900 core, and lifetime warranty. Plus it has free shipping, so in the end it's only a couple dollars more than the MSI card.
Well I don't keep them in my main machine for that long, but I usually do continue to use them. Whether it be in a family members PC that doesn't care what they have, a HTPC, or use it for folding...

The only problem I have with the EVGA cards is that they all use the reference cooler, which is like bare minimum. I have a 8800GT now on the reference cooler and the thing sounds like a jet plane and doesn't really even keep the card cool.

What I liked about the MSI is that it has that nice Twin Frozr II heatsink which makes it the coolest running 560ti out of the box.
post #6 of 30
Get the MSI my friend add some volts and you will hit 1000
Evga is a great company and I fully support them but they don't have aftermarket cooling which is a big deal.
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Well I don't keep them in my main machine for that long, but I usually do continue to use them. Whether it be in a family members PC that doesn't care what they have, a HTPC, or use it for folding...

The only problem I have with the EVGA cards is that they all use the reference cooler, which is like bare minimum. I have a 8800GT now on the reference cooler and the thing sounds like a jet plane and doesn't really even keep the card cool.

What I liked about the MSI is that it has that nice Twin Frozr II heatsink which makes it the coolest running 560ti out of the box.
Twin Frozr II is an amazing cooler (I use 2 of them myself ). If the warranty isn't a big deal, then I'd definitely recommend MSI. It may or may not hit 1Ghz (if the 460s are anything to go by I'd bet it would), but it will run very cool and quiet.
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Just for the record, none of the cards sampled by me were cherry picked.

It's hit and miss but the general consensus is GTX560 you can hit very close to 1GHz or above with little work.

Bruce @ Benchmark Reviews hit 975 with about 5 minutes of work, and basically left it there.
    
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It's hit and miss but the general consensus is GTX560 you can hit very close to 1GHz or above with little work.
That's good to hear, and I assume this is with a bumped up voltage as well right? Or are you talking about how far it can go on the stock voltage?
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I'm in the exact same Boat as the OP.

The evga one has an awesome warranty going for it.
-- But stock cooling

The MSI one has an awesome cooler going for it
-- But might not reach 1GHZ

The Gigabyte one has EPIC clocks going for it
-- but costs more and has a limited warranty
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