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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition
Battlefield 2042 302% 318%
Grand Theft Auto VI 317% 333%
Resident Evil 8 285% 300%
Far Cry 6 329% 345%
New World 162% 172%
The Ascent 418% 437%
Back 4 Blood 285% 300%
Forza Horizon 5 133% 142%
Star Citizen 160% 170%
FIFA 22 49% 55%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition.

The HD 7790 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 560. This results in the HD 7790 providing 8.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7790 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560, but the GTX 560 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 7790. As a result, the GTX 560 exhibits a 12.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7790. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7790 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 560, and so the HD 7790 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 560.

The HD 7790 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 560, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 560 has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7790, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 560 is noticeably better than the HD 7790.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7790 is 963. The HD 7790 having 341 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 560 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7790 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560. This means that the HD 7790 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 7790 should consume less power than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs1075 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1GCN 1.0 Bonaire XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date19 May 2011vs22 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1600 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs102.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs896
Actual Shader Performance30%vs46%
Texture Mapping Units56vs56
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs60.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs17.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i3-3250 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 560, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 925MHz, instead of 810MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1050MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: Copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU to speed up heat dissipation for over 20% cooler performance, DirectCU II takes cooling further with twin 80mm fans for doubled airflow.

Benchmarks Indicate a 9% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of the performance Radeon HD 7790.
This edition comes with a cooling solution called DirectCU II, which achieves 20% lower temps and vastly quieter performance than reference with direct-contact copper heatpipes and dual fans, according to Asus. It also comes overclocked out of the box in the core-clock to 1075MHz and on the memory clock to 1600MHz, though the latter might prove useless, as this card might not benefit from extra bandwidth.
The 2GB framer buffer proves useless and Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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