33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Bought this card for a new i7 2600k build based on extensive research on several tech sites and forums, along with feedback from early owners. Newegg has many firsthand reviews of this card that I found quite useful. Same price, but Amazon offers free shipping.
Superior performance- smokes my games at highest settings. Maxes out a 7.9 score on the Window Experience Rating for both the graphics Desktop performance for Windows Aero, AND the 3D business and gaming graphics performance categories... yes, 7.9 is the highest rating for Windows as of now. It does this for half the cost of the top of the line GTX580 cards.... Oh, it runs very cool, 25C at idle in my case. Dont think one can find a 560 that runs cooler.
It IS quiet! I have it in a SilverStone Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Uni-Body Frame Computer Case FT02B (Black)(a very quiet, cool, and highly recommended case) and I can not hear it. The case is on my desk 3 feet from where I sit. All I can hear is sweet airflow through the case, and the case fans are on the lowest setting. This makes me very happy as I was a bit concerned due to an earlier review here. I suspect that reviewer may have a defective or damaged card that is putting out audible harmonics. They might want to rma it for a new one. So if you value quietness in your computer like I do, then I can recommend this great card.
Value- At this price point nothing touches the perfomance of this card. It was a no brainer for me as I did not have an unlimited budget for my build. Bought this MSi GTX560 Ti because I do some gaming and flight sims, and do not want to upgrade for any games in the near future. Also work with video and the wife can certainly put it to use for her graphics and photoshop work. If all you will ever do with your computer is check your email and surf the web then you really do not need to spend this much. There are cheaper options.... If you do game and want performance within 10% of the top dogs for half the cost, well this new Value King of video cards is for you.
Quality- MSI is known for the high grade components they utilize in their products. It is no different here with military class II components and solid capacitors. This card is built to last and higher overclocking if one wants. With MSi Afterburner this is very easy to do.
Ummm... I guess I would like a regular HDMI port and not the mini one. Must say that MSi does supply an adapter though. It also does not do my laundry or the dishes. Must look elsewhere....
Conclusion- This MSi GTX560 Ti card, along with my Prolimatech CPU Cooler for Intel Socket 1156, 1366 and 775 Megahalems Rev. B (Silver)(paired with the super quiet Noctua NF-P12 120 mm Nine Blade SSO Bearing Fan with VCN - Retailare the most valued components in my computer build. Hope this review helps anyone trying to decide on a new card...
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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After nearly four years I've finally decided to upgrade my video card, going from an 8800GT to this baby right now. The difference was noticeable right away. I typically have my gaming PC hooked up to my living room PC so I can play my games on a large screen, and it's chugging away at 1080p graphics without a hitch.
This is also all BEFORE I upgrade the rest of my system, which is coming in the next month or two. I'm already seeing MASSIVE improvements, and I'm loving it.
Two large fans on this card, with the improved heat sink over the reference model, means this card usually runs whisper quiet and very cool. My old 8800GT would get to 90 degrees Celsius after a half hour of gaming, and with the fan cranked up to a super noisy 75%. This one has the fan hang around 25-30%, not noticeable at all, and still manages to stay cool at 60 degrees C.
All in all I'm very impressed with the product, and as a long time MSI motherboard fan, I have to say I am in love with the build quality of the video card as well.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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For a measly 250 dollars this simple upgrade moved my windows index up to 7.8, benchmarking in the HIGH 800's with all settings on EXTREME.
Brand name is all up to personal preference but I chose the AFTERBURNER team. With a base clock speed of 880 mhz and plenty of potential for overclocking this is a steal.
Cons: The only cons I've experienced is it's a bit loud with the dual fan but you can download the free software to use your own settings for the fan speed, so it really deserves 5 stars but it's worth nothing.
Buy this card don't blow a couple extra hundred to have bragging rights that fall short in benchmarks!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
David W Shin
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I would really like to give a friendly word of caution to people considering buying any MSI products.
While this product is great when it worked, but it is a nightmare when you have to go through MSI customer service for any repairs/RMA. I initially read horror stories on MSI customer service, but I thought it only applied to those unlucky few. That was until I had to go through customer service myself.
Here's a simple check you could do prior to spending your valuable money, call MSI customer service RMA department "(626) 271-1004 Option 2" and see if anybody picks up. If they do, great. If not, you should really think about purchasing any MSI products. To me and to most people, when we buy a product, we expect it includes the service as well.
Anyway, I recently RMA'd a product which after 3 weeks got a replacement back. The moment I started up a 3D application such as game, I realized something was wrong. The temp was going over 90C with fan @ 100%. I took out the card and realized that the heatsink itself was moving around even with the screws tightened in the back.
Since I waited 3 weeks for this, I was a bit dissappointed. So I decided to give them a call since I didn't want to pay shipping over again for a non usable product I got. I left messages in the answering machine, sent emails, and listened to elevator music. One week passed and got nothing.
So at that point a total of one month had past, so I decided to take another route. I filed a complaint via Better Business Bureau (BBB), and guess what, they called me the very next day. I take it that MSI really wants to keep that A+ rating. They said they would do advanced RMA where they send me the product in advanced with shipping label. I specifically told the representative to please test the card this time.
Few days later, I received my replacement and tried running 3D app just to make sure. Well, same issue. BF3 was reaching the same temp level with fan @ 100%. The temp used to be ~70C-ish with ~65% fan. I replied to the BBB that it did not work and I have decided to take the loss and not waste any more time. MSI's response to BBB was they have "tested" the product prior to sending. I would say that is not true, unless they're meaning of test is turning on to see if the screen shows up.
Anyway, having said all that, I would really like to recommend for customers who have complaints to go through Better Business Bureau (BBB). From my experience MSI does not deserve an A+ rating and it seems to be the fastest route where customer's time is less wasted.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mystical Reality Is
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The card was delivered very promptly. It's a very nice card for the money. The drivers on the included disc did not run on my Windows Pro 7 64bit machine. That was a bit anoying, but the drivers from the MSI website worked fine and were no doubt more up to date. The live Update 5 utility from MSI does not play well with others - so I uninstalled it after running it since it would cause me to have to click another box at every boot.
The graphics are great and it should last a while. The card is very quiet. I had to move my hard drive because the card is very long - really tight fit. I have a mid tower. Just bad luck that the drive was in line with the PCIE slot, but not hard to fix. Could be a problem if you have a lot of components in your smallish case.
This may sound like a lot of trouble, but after the hell I went through with my last graphics card installation (ATI) this was nothing to complain about.
This card is heavy,, but doesn't sag at all. Very solidly built. I expect it to hold up well. And it is very fast. My machine seems about 4 times faster at some tasks now. I do a lot of demanding 3D CAD work and this made a big difference in the CAD performance. Renders are much faster. Impressive performance for the price range. Windows Experience now shows my hard drive as the slowest component. It had been the onboard graphics before. The graphics are now rated at 7.3 I believe. The overall is 7.8 on an AMD Phenom quad core with 8 gigs of RAM.
Update - 081611 - The card has been running great. Have learned that the MSI drivers are usually what you want. The standard Nvidia drivers do not always work well with this card. I recently updated the Nvidia driver to the latest one for the chip and had to go back to the MSI site and download their latest driver which is not as new, but much more stable! This is a very high quality card and they have specifically designed it for overclocking, so I'm guessing they have some proprietary circuitry. Windows will want to upgrade the Nvidia drivers, though, so you have to watch out for that and NOT do it. IT may just be a problem with the new Nvidia driver, but the difference was pretty serious. My CAD program, which is clearly not the best, would not function properly with the newest Nvidia drivers, but the MSI ones work perfectly and are stable, as far as I can tell. Don't let this put you off of this card, though. It's really a great card and runs fast and very cool. Very well built, too.
Update July 2013 - Still going strong. I had my motherboard die on me - NOT the fault of the graphics card! - CPU was toast, but this card survived and is still running great. I had to take my toasted machine to a shop to get it fixed and the guys at the computer shop were pretty blown away with the card and the AMD Phenom chip. They said it was a smoking fast machine considering what it was. Computer techs do not usually say these things about mid level cards... They were quite impressed. I will keep buying MSI, but my advice about running the MSI drivers still holds - get the drivers from the MSI site not the Microsoft update. It takes MSI a little while to update their drivers, but they are rock solid so far.