KFA² MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB Review

Manufacturer KFA²
UK price (as reviewed) £236.16 (inc VAT)
US price (as reviewed) Unknown

KFA²’s product line is awash with pre-overclocked graphics cards, custom coolers and some very swanky-looking custom PCBs. While the company’s ability to innovate results in pre-overclocked monsters such as the KFA² GTX 560 Ti LTD OC, the GeForce GTX 460 WHDI wireless graphics card didn’t work particularly well. The company’s latest experiment is the KFA² MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB, which offers something unique among Nvidia graphics cards – support for up to five simultaneous displays.

Its GPU is a standard GTX 560 Ti 1GB sporting an 822MHz core and 1GB of GDDR5 1,002MHz (4,008MHz effective) memory. However, you’ll find a mass of outputs at the rear of the graphics card, including four mini-HDMI ports, a single DVI port and a DisplayPort output. The four mini-HDMI ports come courtesy of an IDT ViewXpand VMM1400 multi-monitor chip, located on an additional PCB at the rear of the graphics card.

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All of these outputs enable you to span a resolution across four monitors, which is traditionally only possible using AMD’s Eyefinity or Nvidia’s dual-GPU Surround technologies. You’re also able to use a 2 x 2 stack mode, whereby four monitors can be stacked, two on each side, although the resolution is limited to 1,280 x 800 on each, providing a total resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. In the side-by-side spanning configuration, using two monitors, the maximum resolution of each is 1,920 x 1,200, resulting in a maximum combined resolution of 3,840 x 1,200.

There are two options when using three monitors. You can drop the resolution to 1,366 x 768, which results in a single resolution of 4,098 x 768, or you can bump up the resolution to 1,680 x 1,050 on each screen, giving you 5,040 x 1,050 in total. This is a good feature, as TFT monitors often look shoddy outside of their native resolution. However, we achieved this by heading into the Nvidia Control Panel and creating a custom resolution, before delving into the custom settings and changing the timing option to ‘CVT reduced blank’. Needless to say, this is nowhere near as elegant a system as Eyefinity, which also supports higher resolutions.

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Mercifully, the card also includes two mini-HDMI to HDMI adaptors and one DVI to HDMI adaptor in the box. However, even if you happen to have three 1,680 x 1,050 monitors lying around, it’s unlikely that they’ll have HDMI ports, so you’ll probably need to invest in additional HDMI to DVI adaptors. You’re also unable to reconfigure the order of the displays, as they appear in the operating system as one big monitor. On the plus side, though, the mini-HDMI ports are numbered one to four, so setting up your desktop in the correct order is fairly easy.

Testing the multi-monitor setup, we fired up Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and found the option to use 5,040 x 1,050 in the graphics options. Sadly, the situation didn’t pan out as well in our other three test games, though, with the resolution failing to appear in their menus, even when we tinkered with their config files to force them to run at 5,040 x 1,050. However, video editing and music-mixing apps worked well.

Specifications

  • Graphics processor Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti, 822MHz
  • Pipeline 384 stream processors (1,640MHz), 32 ROPs
  • Memory 1GB GDDR5, 4,008MHz effective
  • Bandwidth 128GB/sec, 256-bit interface
  • Compatibility DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1
  • Outputs/Inputs DVI, 4 x mini-HDMI, DisplayPort, SLI
  • Power connections 2x 6-pin PCI-E, end-mounted
  • Size 267mm long, dual-slot
  • Warranty Two years

How we tested

As always, we did our best to deliver a clean set of benchmarks, with each test repeated three times, and an average of those results is what we’re reporting here. In the rare case where performance was inconsistent, we continued repeating the test until we obtained three results that were consistent.

The tests performed are a mixture of custom in-game timedemos and manually-played sections, using FRAPS to record the average and minimum frame rates. We strive to not only record real-world performance you will actually see, but also present the results in a manner that is easy to digest.

Intel Core i7 Test System

  • Intel Core i7-965 processor (3.2GHz: 133MHz x 24)
  • Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard (Intel X58 Express with three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots)
  • 3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1333C9 memory modules (operating in dual-channel mode at 1,600MHz 9-9-9-24-1T)
  • Corsair X128 120GB SSD running v1 firmware
  • Corsair HX1000W PSU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium x64
  • Antec Twelve Hundred Chassis

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AMD graphics cards

  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (2 x 830MHz GPUs, 2 x 5GHz memory) using release driver (Catalyst 11.4 beta)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB (880MHz GPU, 5.5GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB (800MHz GPU, 5GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB (800MHz GPU, 5GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB (900MHz GPU, 4.2GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB (725MHz GPU, 4GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 1GB (840MHz GPU, 4.2GHz memory) using release driver (Catalyst 11.4 beta)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB (2x 725MHz GPUs, 2 x 4GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB (850MHz GPU, 4.8GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB (725MHz GPU, 4.0GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB (850MHz GPU, 4.8GHz memory) using Catalyst 11.2 WHQL

Nvidia graphics cards

  • KFA² MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB (820MHz GPU, 1,640MHz stream processors, 4,000MHz memory) using release driver (GeForce 275.20 beta)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB (2 x 607MHz GPUs, 1,214MHz stream processors, 2 x 3,4114MHz memory) using launch driver (GeForce 267.71 beta)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB (772MHz GPU, 1,544MHz stream processors, 4,080MHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB (732MHz GPU, 1,464MHz stream processors, 3,800MHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC (910MHz GPU, 1,820MHz stream processors, 4,008MHz memory) using release driver (GeForce 275.20 beta)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (820MHz GPU, 1,640MHz stream processors, 4,000MHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB Amp! (950MHz GPU, 1,900MHz stream processors, 4,400MHz memory) using release driver (GeForce 275.20 beta)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB (900MHz GPU, 1,800MHz stream processors, 4,104MHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (756MHz core, 1,512MHz stream processors, 3.8GHz Memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB (607MHz core, 1,215MHz stream processors, 3.3GHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB (675MHz core, 1,350MHz stream processors, 3.6GHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB (675MHz core, 1,350MHz stream processors, 3.6GHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 450 1GB (783MHz GPU, 3,608MHz memory) using GeForce 266.58 WHQL

Games Tested

  • Colin McRae: Dirt 2 (DX11)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (OpenGL)
  • Arma II: Operation Arrowhead (DX9)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (DX11)

Colin McRae: Dirt 2

Publisher: Codemasters

From our Colin McRae: Dirt 2 review:
While Dirt 2’s shift away from ‘pure’ rallying to a more contemporary styling will likely divide players, there’s no arguing that the game itself looks simply stunning, improving upon Race Driver: GRID’s EGO engine to make Dirt 2 one of the best looking racers we’ve ever seen. Both cars and tracksides are lavishly detailed, and there are dozens of gorgeous touches, from the spattering mud in jungle stages, to the jaw dropping water effects from the driver’s cam when you hit a water hazard.

We drive a lap around the London, Battersea track, with a full eight-car grid, starting at the back. We use the High image quality settings in DX11 mode, and repeat each test three times, discarding anomalous results and averaging the consistent ones.

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Colin McRae: Dirt 2

1,680 x 1,050 4x AA 16x AF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
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1,920 x 1,080 4x AA 16x AF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
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2,560 x 1,600 4x AA 16x AF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
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Call of Duty: Black Ops

Publisher: Activision

From our Call of Duty: Black Ops Review:
‘Black Ops simply refuses to commit to a single theatre of violence; there are battles in tropical trenches, frozen tundra, barren wastelands and across night-blanketed rooftops. Mason and Co. fight on land, on water, in the air and beneath the oceans – the constant movement from one to another is enough to partly compensate for the enormous plot holes and occasional dud levels.’

We test with the game at its maximum detail settings as configured in the in-game menus. The maximum frame rate is capped at 91fps by default, so we’ve increased this to 250fps in the config file. We run a 90-second section of the game’s multiplayer component, played back via the excellent built-in replay viewer.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops

1,680 x 1,050 4xAA 16x AF, Open GL, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
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1,920 x 1,080 4xAA 16x AF, Open GL, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
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Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

Publisher: IDEA Games

From our Operation Arrowhead Review:
Operation Arrowhead is still a massive challenge for any PC to play smoothly, so you should forget about running it on maximum settings. Bohemia Interactive claims to have optimised things for Arrowhead, but we didn’t find that it ran any faster than Arma II. This is a great shame, as when maxed out, Operation Arrowhead’s guerrilla-infested mountains are simply breathtaking to behold.

Operation Arrowhead doesn’t fundamentally change the gameplay of Arma II, so it’s still a very unforgiving mil-sim. If you’re expecting to run and gun and live then forget it, in a mil-sim such as Operation Arrowhead you have to think like a soldier to survive.

We test this hugely demanding game at its most challenging settings, with all the detail options set to Very High and High anti-aliasing enabled. For the benchmark itself, we use a 60-second FRAPs run performed within our own custom timedemo. As the benchmark is variable due to AI inconsistencies, tests are performed three times and the average result is used.

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*Arma II has recently been updated to version 1.59, and we’re in the process of re-testing cards using this new version. This is why all the cards aren’t listed in the graphs below*

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

1,680 x 1,050 4x AA 16x AF, DirectX 9, Very High Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
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    • 79

    • 55

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Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

2,560 x 1,600, high AA, 16x AF, DirectX 9, Very High Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
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For an explanation of the meaning of these numbers, head to the Results Analysis page.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Publisher: Electronic Arts

From our Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Review:
Whether you’re blasting buildings apart with rockets, laying down controlled bursts with an assault rifle or putting in big booming hits with a shotgun, there’s real beef to the weaponry which again adds to the atmosphere of the game. DICE has managed once again to tap into the childish joy of shooting guns at people and things. Outside of shooting other people, the effects are equally good when you’re on the receiving end. There’s blood and dust aplenty from bullet hits and the death animations are suitably cinematic without being needlessly unpleasant or overly silly.

Bad Company 2 is the first PC game to use Frostbite game engine. It’s DX11-compatible and uses tessellation and other advanced rendering techniques to deliver incredible visuals and bash next-gen hardware. We take a 60-second sample of us playing through a section of the Heart of Darkness level with FRAPs, always following the same path and performing the same actions. We repeat each test three times, discarding anomalous results and averaging the consistent ones.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

1,680 x 1,050 4x AA 16x AF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
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    • 87

    • 60

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    • 73

    • 54

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    • 52

    • 62

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*Note*
The Radeon HD 6990 4GB micro-stuttered to an unplayable level at 1,680 x 1,050 and so was awarded a minimum frame rate of 0fps in this test. FRAPS erroneously recorded its minimum as 67fps whether it was overclocked or not.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

1,920 x 1,080 4x AA 16x AF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

2,560 x 1,600 4x AA 16x AF, DirectX 11, Maximum Detail

  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (rev 2) 896MB DX9
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
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For an explanation of the meaning of these numbers, head to the Results Analysis page.

Power Consumption (Idle and Gaming)

Putting a realistic, repeatable load on a GPU to get a decent idea of its real world power consumption and thermal output has long been something with which we’ve experimented here at bit-tech. We’ve found that synthetic benchmarks such as FurMark thrash the GPU constantly, which simply isn’t reflective of how a GPU will be used when gaming.

It’s such a hardcore test that any GPU under test is almost guaranteed to hit its thermal limit; the mark at which the card’s firmware will kick in, speeding up the fan to keep the GPU within safe temperature limits. Conversely, simply leaving a game such as Crysis running at a certain point also isn’t reflective of real-world use. There’s no guarantee that the GPU is being pushed as hard as other titles might push it, and the load will vary between play-throughs.

We used to use the Canyon Flight test of 3DMark 06, as this was a punishing and repeatable test. However, we’ve now adopted Unigine’s Heaven 2.5 benchmark, as its DirectX 11 features will stress all the parts of a modern GPU. We use the default settings and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. We also check that 4x AA and 4x AF are enabled and that tessellation is set to Standard. We then hit the Benchmark button and watch the power draw from the wall between the grass field scene and the second dragon scene – this is the toughest portion of the test for both Nvidia and AMD hardware.

We also have GPU-Z running in the background, and leave the Unigine benchmark running for ten minutes to record a peak GPU temperature. We present the temperature as a delta T (the difference between the temperature of the GPU and the ambient temperature in our labs).

Power consumption (idle)

Windows 7 Aero Desktop

  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample (custom cooler and PCB)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (custom cooler)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
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Power consumption (peak)

Unigine Heaven Benchmark (1,920 x 1,080 4x AA 4x AF)

  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 1GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB (custom cooler)
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample (custom cooler and PCB)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
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*Note*
The Radeon HD 5970 2GB was unable to complete a run of the Unigine Heaven benchmark, and as such is ranked with a zero for load.

Thermal Performance

Heat (idle)

Windows 7 Desktop (Aero Enabled)

  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample (custom cooler)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB (custom cooler)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
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Delta T in °C

Heat (peak)

Unigine Heaven Benchmark (1,920 x 1,080 4x AA 4x AF)

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB (custom cooler)
  • KFA2 MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (custom cooler)
  • KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample (custom cooler)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (custom cooler)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (stock)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB (overclocked)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB AMP!
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB
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The HD 5970 2GB was unable to complete a run of the Unigine Heaven benchmark, and as such is ranked with a zero for load.

Read our Performance Analysis.

Performance Analysis

With a spec so similar to that of a standard GTX 560 Ti 1GB, it wasn’t surprising to see identical results in our game tests. For example, in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 at 1,920 x 1,080 with 4x AA, the MDT X5 GTX 560 managed a minimum frame rate of 32fps. This is about right for a standard spec GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB, but it’s slower than the overclocked examples we’ve seen – KFA²’s own GTX 560 Ti LTD OC was 8fps faster in this test.

It was a similar story at the same resolution in Arma II: Operation Arrowhead and Call of Duty: Black Ops, with the MDT X5 GTX 560 again returning identical minimum frame rates compared with a stock-speed GTX 560 Ti 1GB – 35fps and 79fps respectively. The pattern was the same in all the other tests, bar power consumption, where the MDT X5 GTX 560 drew 292W – 16W more than a standard GTX 560 Ti 1GB, undoubtedly due to the VMM1400 chip.

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In Bad Company 2 using three monitors at 5,040 x 1,050, we saw a minimum frame rate of 14fps. This rose to 18fps if we disabled AA, but in demanding games such as this, a GTX 560 Ti 1GB isn’t up to the job.

Overclocking

Overclocking wasn’t great either; we only managed to raise the core clock speed to 930MHz and the memory frequency to 2,050MHz (4.1GHz effective). Typically, we’d expect to see an overclocked core frequency of 950MHz from a GTX 560 Ti 1GB. At 1,920 x 1,080 with 4x AA, we saw a 7fps and 4fps increase in the minimum frame rates in Arma II and Bad Company 2 respectively. However, the custom cooler was quiet and kept the delta T below 39˚C under load.

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Conclusion

At £236, the KFA² MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB is close to £50 more expensive than a standard GTX 560 Ti 1GB, and the same price as some pre-overclocked models. The ability to use up to five monitors, with four in spanned mode, will be valuable to those who use mixing suites and similar programs that demand plenty of screen real estate. However, patchy game support for the spanned resolution makes the MDT more of a multi-screen workplace product than a competitor to AMD’s Eyefinity for multi-screen gaming.

SOURCE:http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2011/09/02/editing-kfa2-mdt-x5-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/1