Gigabyte Expand “XTREME” High End Graphics Cards
Rikki Wright / 2 years ago
For a long time, Gigabyte has held the top spot for the most outrageous yet powerful graphics cards on the market. Just look at the simply huge 300+mm G1 Gaming series which has some of the best benchmarks that we’ve seen and then they can be overclocked to an entirely different level.
Today Gigabyte has officially announced the full line-up from the G1 Gaming, “XTREME GAMING”. On the face of it, the cards just look like a rebranded G1 Gaming line-up, using a similar Windforce style cooling solution, but these cards have been redesigned from the PCB out to give enthusiasts the very best chance to attain the best performance. This follows the extremely well-received GTX 950 XTREME GAMING edition released previously.
The most notable addition to the range is the custom cooling design for the NVIDIA Titan X, but the most interesting features are equipped to the GTX 980Ti model which features an additional 6 Pin power connector (yes on top of the pre-existing dual 8-pin) and LN2 BIOS for the ultimate overclocking experience.
The entire range up to the GTX 980Ti will feature RGB lighting to the WINDFORCE logo and an addition ring around the fans. Currently the only images of the range we can source are for the XTREME GAMING GTX 970.
The XTREME GAMING Series graphics card are forged with the top-notch GPU core through the very own GPU Gauntlet Sorting™ technology that guarantees an exceptional overclocking proficiency in terms of power switching. Along with the substantial factory overclock compared to the reference design, the memory is also overclocked to deliver the sharpest and smoothest gameplay results.
Built for ultimate overclocking, the GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING is further equipped with LN2 BIOS and an extra 6-pin PCI-E power connector, giving overclockers the maximum freedom to tweak the performance to the extremes with the simple press of a button.
Each air-cooling XTREME GAMING graphics card features the WINDFORCE 3X triple-fan system with composite copper heat-pipes, special fin architecture, unique blade fan design, and GIGABYTE ‘Triangle Cool’ technology, together keeping the graphics card nice and cool even when reaching its peak.
The WINDFORCE 3X triple-fan system also features 3D-Active fan, the first 0dB semi-passive fan design introduced by GIGABYTE back in 2007 and has been leading the way to date. This technology allows gamers to enjoy gameplay in absolute silence during light gaming or idle without any distraction by noise. Users can be well aware of the fan status with the LED indicator on the top of the card while gaming.
Both the TITAN X and the GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING WINDFORCE edition further adopt the alternate spinning fan design, as the middle fan spins in the reverse direction to optimize air flow to dissipate heat more effectively. This innovative design significantly enhances the thermal efficiency of the available cooling area, delivering a heat dissipation capacity up to 700W for accomplishing higher performance at a lower temperature.
The GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING also offers the WATERFORCE edition for those favor the liquid cooling solution. The exclusive all-in-one, closed-loop water cooling system features the full-coverage cooling module covering not only the GPU, but also the heat-generating VRAM and MOSFET. This design requires no additional fan like other competitions in its class for a much superior acoustic performance.
The robust FEP tubes can effectively prevent the leak and fare a lower coolant evaporation rate. Coupled with the 120mm silent fan and the low-noise pump, the graphics card is able to perform up to 38.8% cooler than the reference cooling in operating temperature for ultra-stable gaming in near silence.
Armored with a metal back plate, each XTREME GAMING graphics card is thoroughly applied with a breathable coating to shield against moisture, dust, and corrosion for a complete protection. This aerospace-grade coating is ideal for users who live in regions with high humidity, salt air pollution or extreme temperatures. Hardcore gamers who practice water-cooling or even LN2 overclocking could also benefit from this unique feature to reduce the risks of damages caused by coolant residue or leaks.
The XTREME GAMING graphics cards are also fitted with a smart power LED indicator next to the power connectors (available on selected models). When experiencing any power abnormality, the indicator will alert gamers by flashing light. Abnormal power-related events will recorded in the system as well through OC GURU utility software as a useful reference for troubleshooting.
In addition to the stylish metal back plate, the stealth aesthetics of the XTREME GAMING series graphics cards is now backlit with brand new RGB LED illumination, which corresponds to the excitement of XTREME GAMING with a premium gaming look.
The exclusive LED angle eyes are first seen in graphics cards that light up the cooling fans along with the WINDFORCE emblem (available on selected models). Gamers are able to customize their own builds that best suit their gaming ambience with multiple color options and light effects using OC GURU.
Compared to the reference design, the XTREME GAMING series graphics cards are equipped with extra power phases to make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature, whilst providing more stable voltage output. The featuring over temperature protection and load balance to each MOSFET can also effectively extend the card life.
The XTREME GAMING graphics cards are all reinforced with top quality components to bring gamers with the extreme durability ever. Using the highest-grade chokes and capacitors, these graphics cards deliver the ultimate integration of thermal, electric characteristics, digital signals, power circuitry for enhanced results and longer system lifespan.
XTREME User Friendliness
The XTREME GAMING graphics cards support GIGABYTE OC GURU to provide gamers with an unlimited OC capability and full control through its intuitive interface. Users can easily perform precise control on the graphics card, including core clock adjustment, fan speed, power or temperature targets, and LED illuminations. These main features not only increase the overclocking ability but also deliver superior presentation to let gamers enjoy the all-around gaming experience.
Built with fully automated manufacturing process, which eliminates human interventions, the XTREME GAMING graphics cards remove all sharp edges of the solder connectors and pins to provide a rather smooth PCB surface for a more user-friendly DIY experience when building or modding gaming PCs.”
For more information on the XTREME GAMING range, check out the product pages here.