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MSI GTX 560 Ti Frozr II .... vs .... MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk (winner!)
on May 3, 2012
I got the MSI N560GTX - Ti twin Frozr II to accelerate my Folding at Home productivity. Folding at Home is a mass distributed computing project at Stanford that provides computer resources to medical research groups. Regular folks like you and me download projects from the Folding at Home website and run them on our home (or business) computers.
By running these projects our computer resources help researchers model and analyze medical research data for many diseases including Alzheimer's,cancers,etc. Project complexity and the computing resources required to complete them are measured by standardized points assigned to each project.
I wanted more points per day (PPD). After adding the Frozr II my productivity jumped very nicely and then after over-clocking my GPU and my CPU my PPD went from an original (CPU only) PPD of 10K to over 30k, a very nice result.
But, I was still not satisfied with my total production so, I decided to add another GTX 560 Ti to the board. Since the standard 560 Ti and the 560 Ti Hawk were selling for almost the exact same price (the Hawk was $2 cheaper) I bought the 560Ti Hawk and decided to do a head to head comparison.
To run the test both cards are mounted on the same board, in the same case, at the same time (not in SLI) with the same PSU running them. The project were started at the same time, the project codes were both the same, the point assignments were both the same (2510). This should be an exact head to head result.
My product review?:
To start with BOTH the 560 Ti Frozer II and 560 Ti Hawk use Fermi architecture. The product titles don't indicate the 560 Ti Hawk uses Fermi, but it does.
Two key differences between 560 Ti Frozr II and the 560 Ti Hawk: The Hawk uses Frozer III cooling (extra copper cooling and better fans) and comes stock at a higher clock rate (950)
Now for the test results:
The Folding at Home scores for PPD (Points Per Day) say it all:
The GTX 560 Ti Frozr II stock is 850Mhz. Over-clocked I topped it out at 970Mhz which resulted in a PPD rating for the GPU of about 18,000 PPD, running at 71 - 78 C in a 78 F degree room.
The GTX 560 Ti Hawk stock is 950Hmx, Over-clocked I topped out at 1050Mhz with a PPD of about 19,500 PPD running at 69 - 73 C.
No doubt about it: Buy the MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk. Right now it's less expensive and a better performing card.
(UPDATE: Despite several days of running at 970 the 560 Ti Frozer II dumped and dropped the clock down to 405. I reset it at 970 and it again dumped down to 405 after about an hour of running at 970. I have reset the Frozr II clock to 950 and it has been running w no problem for 24 hours now.
ASRock Fatality z68 Pro, Gen 3.
Core i5 2500k. (OC 4.4)
MSI GXT 560 Ti Frozr II. (OC 970)
MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk (OC 1050 )
CoolMaster 212+ EVO air cooler w 2 fans
Patriot Pyro 120 GB SSD
OCZ 750 W PSU
Win 7 64 bit