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ERMAGHERD! GTX 980 Ti !!! (Review)

Tue 2nd Jun 2015 - 3:51pm : Tech Reviews

Nividia seem to be the benchmark for graphics in the industry, although they are priced a bit higher than their ATI Radeon counterpart, it would seem this is due to the fact that they keep pushing the limits, where Radeon simply seem to follow eventually.

Those of you who have played Prpject Cars and The Witcher 3 will know Nvidia have released their Hairworks Technology, which makes hair and fur etc in the environments a whole lot more realistic, and with 4k, can even burn off your eyes and put you in the looney bin. With that being said, Nvidia are definitely backing this new tech with some big players. The GTX980 Ti for example, is right there with the Titans, and even uses less power. Plus, how sexy is the packaging!?

Here is a rundown of the stats:

GeForce GTX

780

780 Ti

970

980

980 Ti

Titan

Titan Black

Titan X

Titan Z

Stream (Shader) Processors

2304

2880

1664

2048

2816

2688

2880

3072

5760

Core Clock (MHz)

863

875

1050

1126

1002

836

889

1002

705

Boost Clock

900

928

1178

1216

1076

876

980

1076

876

Memory Clock (effective MHz)

6000

7000

7000

7000

7000

6000

7000 

7000

7000

Memory amount

3072

3072

4096

4096

6144

6144

6144

12288

12288

Memory Interface

384-bit

384-bit

256-bit

256-bit

384-bit

384-bit

384-bit

384-bit

384-bit

Memory Type

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

The card has 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI and 1 x Dual-Link DVI and is able to support up to the latest in 5k screen resolutions. The card has 6GB of memory so there is no need to worry about any games eating up your frames and also features much higher frequency clock speeds than previous gen GTX cards.

The chassis is the same as the Titan and 900 series cards due to its low power consumption, can easily be run on your average machine with a 600 watt power supply. If you are looking to SLI you’ll most definitely need between 900 – 1200 watt power supply depending on the rest of your rig. The GPU does run a bit hotter than most when under load making it the “hottest” GTX but not quite as hot as the performance range of ATI cards, however, when idling or in general use it will sit comfortably in the 30-35 degree range. The card isn’t very noisy even when under load so leaving your rig on overnight to finish your steam updates won’t keep you awake – unless you have noisy fans!

In terms of FPS (that dreaded acronym that all gamers only really care about), it finds itself in competition with the Titan and the Radeon R2 925x2. Testing within The Witcher 3 at Ultra settings in 2560x1440 resolution saw the GTX 980 Ti putting out 61 frames per second. This is only 3 less than the Titan X and 12 less than the R2 925x2 (Although, it can be argued that the R2 925x2 is two cards stuck together and has the heat and noise issues), it shows that the 980 Ti is indeed a force to be reckoned with.

A full in-depth mega analysis can be found here.

Source: Hilbert Hagedoorn via www.guru3d.com

Planning on getting a GTX 980 Ti? Have one already? Let us know in the comments below!

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