Because the Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP is built around the same GTX 560 Ti GPU as the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC (*Est. $245), its performance is largely similar to that video card's -- that is to say, excellent on all but the biggest of monitors. Experts report that system tweakers can overclock the Asus card slightly more, however, and its DirectCU custom cooling system is just as efficient as MSI's Twin Frozr solution, bringing temperatures down considerably compared to stock GTX 560 Ti offerings. On the other hand, reviewers say the additional cooling hardware makes the Asus video card slightly noisier and more power-hungry than its competitors, especially the new highly efficient Radeon 7000 series.
Asus' technical support includes email, live chat and telephone options, and the ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP is warrantied for three years from its date of manufacture based off your card's serial number. No proof of purchase is required to RMA the card. Yet like all other video card manufacturers, Asus has a reputation for poor customer service, so be prepared for a small hassle if your card becomes defective.
The Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP is highly rated and covered in depth by many top sources, including TomsHardware.com, LegitReviews.com, HardOCP.com, Hexus.net and HardwareHeaven.com. Maximum PC and TechRadar.com also review the card, but their discussions are much briefer.
TomsHardware.com examines five overclocked GTX 560 Ti video cards, including the Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP and the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC. The Asus comes out on top thanks to its low price and 8 percent performance increase over stock GTX 560 Ti cards.
Review: Five Overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti Cards, Compared, Thomas Soderstrom, Feb. 22, 2011
The overclocking potential of the Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP draws kudos after Nathan Kirsch pushes the core clock speeds in excess of 1 GHz without crashing the card. However, he reports very good gaming results even with the factory overclock. Combined with its excellent custom cooling solution and low price, that earns the card an Editors' Choice award.
Review: Asus GeForce ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II Video Card Review, Nathan Kirsch, Feb. 10, 2011
Parm Mann finds little to criticize in her review of the Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP. "Performance is up, temperatures and noise levels are down, and there's enough overclocking headroom to keep enthusiasts entertained," she says. The card gets a Recommended award.
Review: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Graphics Card Review, Parm Mann, May 2, 2011
Here the Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP is praised for its easy overclocking, high graphics performance and significantly cooler-than-normal running temperatures, although Grady McKinney says the card uses quite a bit of power. He gives it an Editor's Choice Gold Award.
Review: Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Video Card Review, Grady McKinney, Aug. 1, 2011
The Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP nearly manages a clean sweep of HardwareHeaven.com's rating system: It earns perfect scores in every category but value, where it gets an excellent 9 out of 10. Stuart Davidson gives the card both Gold and Performance awards, saying, "Excellent build quality and great performance, especially when overclocked, make it an essential purchase."
Review: Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Review and SLI Performance, Stuart Davidson, Jan. 25, 2011
This review of the Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP is much shorter than those from other sources, but it's clearly based on extensive hands-on testing. Loyd Case gives the card a 9-out-of-10 rating and a Kick Ass! award for its cool temperatures and high performance. He notes, however, that it's "just a tad noisier and used just a little more power than the [MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC]," which earns similar accolades here.
Review: Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII Videocard Review, Loyd Case, Jan. 26, 2011
Dave James has more difficulty getting Asus' overclocking utilities to run smoothly than other reviewers do, but that's of little consequence in the overall 4.5-out-of-5 rating. He cites the effective DirectCU II cooling system and strong graphics chops as major highlights.
Review: Asus GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II review, Dave James, April 21, 2011