NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB Graphics Card Review

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When you think of graphics cards and manufacturers, you automatically think of NVIDIA and the GTX range; regardless of what side of the fence you are on. Without a doubt, they produce some of the best graphics cards in the world, but that performance comes at a hefty price, the current most powerful single GPU card sits at around $950; not exactly sofa change. Today we have the newest Maxwell based graphics card and the first (and likely only) Ti model of the GTX 900 series; the GeForce GTX 980Ti.

We know that Maxwell are the go-to graphics card options of early 2015, they offer amazing performance in the GTX Titan X, great bang for buck in the GTX 970 and awesome budget gaming in the GTX 960; so what are NVIDIA doing by offering up a brand new high-end graphics card? My thought is to cement the fact that NVIDIA is a formidable force in the graphics card marketplace and a new memory technology (High Bandwidth Memory) isn’t going to beat them without a fight.specsheet

The GTX 980Ti will be based on the mighty GM200 GPU with some slight modifications to bring the performance down from the Titan X. It is around 90% of the specification in regards to cores and TMUs; so let’s see if it’s around 90% of the performance too.

The retail packaging is very high-end, very strong construction and dense foam for the perfect shipping box to keep your new pride and joy safe.GeForce_GTX_980Ti_BOX

The card is almost identical to that of the rest of the GTX 900 series reference coolers.


The PCB look very similar to the Titan X, but without the rear mounted VRAM and a few components missing.


Very minimalistic output end, 1x DVi port, 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI port.



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2 Responses to “NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB Graphics Card Review”
  1. ddearborn says:

    It is interesting how every review of late talking about the new Titan and now the Ti fail to mention how badly NVidia has crippled the “new” Titan and 980Ti’s FP64 capabilities. They are now a mere shadow of their original Titan roots. And for the record, even the 2 year old R9 290X stomps all over the “new Titan” and the new “Ti” in FP64 apps. Cherry picking benchmarks hardly gives the true picture of just how hamstrung the NVidia cards are in many non gaming applications. It is also fascinating to watch how the very same websites that have been bashing AMD on heat and power issues now white wash the fact that these “new” cards now run significantly hotter than the R9 290X. They also “save” the user a little more than half a 60 watt light bulb in energy saving (assuming zero overclocks) at best. Then there is the fact that these cards at present cost 2-3 times the R9 290X. What happened to the value equation in evaluating “consumer” graphics cards? And finally there seems to be little mention of the fact that most of the titles in many of these initial reviews of the Ti are specifically written to favor NVidia cards.
    It is not that I am claiming that the “new” cards are not fast fster than the R9 290X in FP32) it is the manner in which they are being so actively promoted instead of reported. It makes it impossible for the casual user to a clear picture and hence make an informed purchasing decision.

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