by Rob Williams on May 18, 2011 in Graphics & Displays
To help fill a model gap that no one told us about, NVIDIA has released its GeForce GTX 560, a slight step down from the Ti variant. Featuring a cut of 48 cores and the potential for wildly varying clock speeds, this card is a strange beast. But, we look to pit MSI’s ‘Twin Frozr II’ against our usual fleet of cards to see where it stacks up in the end.
For fans of the original Mafia game, having to wait an incredible eight years for a sequel must’ve been tough. But as we found out in our review, the wait might be forgotten as the game is quite good. It doesn’t feature near as much depth as say, Grand Theft Auto IV, but it does a masterful job of bringing you back to the 1940’s and letting you experience the Mafia lifestyle.
Manual Run-through: Because this game doesn’t allow us to save a game in the middle of a level, we chose to use chapter 7, “In Loving Memory…”, to do our runthrough. That chapter begins us on a street corner with many people around, and from there, we run to our garage, get in our car, and speed out to the street. Our path ultimately leads us to the park, and takes close to two minutes to accomplish.
Where Just Cause 2 favors AMD cards, the vice versa can be said about Mafia II. There’s been an interesting turn-of-events, however. While the non-Ti MSI card has had a hard time to surpass the reference Ti model in most cases, it soars past it here. It seems that for whatever reason, the higher clocks mean a lot more to this game than the number of CUDA cores. At 2560×1600, it even manages to match the GTX 570!