Whoa! I'm not sure what else I can say to be honest. I'm not shocked to see a strong overclock out of the Power Edition model from MSI; 1GHz continues to be a core clock that a lot of cards struggle with, though, especially as we get to the higher end area. Our MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III Power Edition didn't miss a beat today and the performance increase it gave was just massive.
While the MSI version of the card out of the box probably won't be the fastest as they've always been a little lenient on the out of the box overclocking, it's fairly safe to say that this will be one of, if not the fastest GTX 560 Ti 448 cards because of the Triple Voltage option that's on offer from the Power Edition model.
NVIDIA really couldn't have put out a better card for the holidays as they've run off the highly popular GTX 560 Ti naming scheme, but based off the GTX 570 with just less CUDA Cores. I said in my launch review, though, that instead of marketing this as a crippled GTX 570, a model that has never had the "WOW" factor, it's instead being marketed as a GTX 560 Ti on steroids, and to be honest, that's when it's running at stock.
900MHz+ on the core, or 1000MHz on the one we've got here, and you've just got a card that is offering amazing performance. You can see in so many situations we move from unplayable numbers in areas to playable ones. At 2560 x 1600 as well, you would see we're 20 FPS below that average we aim for, so much so that you'd have to drop detail massively to enjoy intensive games at that resolution. Now we're like 3 FPS away from it; a minor detail drop would give us an extra 5 FPS and you should enjoy silky smooth gameplay.
You'd probably enjoy it perfectly fine at around the 57 FPS mark as well, but we need to set a number that we aim for and try not to move to much from it, otherwise all of a sudden 55 FPS is alright, then 53 FPS, and then we're 10% - 15% away from that 60 FPS mark that we really do aim to hit.
Normally we'd hit a video card launch a lot harder than we have with the GTX 560 Ti 448, but with limited availability and being sold into only certain regions, looking at a bunch of them over the span of a few weeks is pointless. This model is all about cashing in on the holidays and it couldn't have come at a better time in a better form.
I think it's safe to assume, though, the MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III Power Edition is going to be one that you should be looking at. Coordinated with MSI Afterburner, the overclocking capabilities should exceed other brands thanks to that Triple Voltage option. This card just kicks ass! It's a pity it's just a limited run.
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