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Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti SOC GPU Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging and Specifications
  2. Closer Look
  3. Utility and Manual Overclocking
  4. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  5. 3DMark (2013) Benchmark
  6. 3DMark 11 Benchmark
  7. OpenGL Benchmark- Cinebench 11.5 and R15
  8. Heaven 4.0 Benchmark
  9. Hitman Absolution
  10. Shadow of Mordor
  11. GTA V Benchmark
  12. GRID Autosport Benchmark
  13. GPU Computation Benchmark
  14. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  15. Preset Profiles and Overclocking Impressions
  16. Conclusion
  17. Online Purchase Links

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti SOC’s design is really not so different from the previous Windforce 600w based card, but the silver highlights on both ends of the metal fan shroud make it stand out. The card does have vented backplate- and its metal.

Gigabyte’s WINDFORCE 3X cooling system comes with an assurance to drive out heat up to 600w. This is possible with a combination of three fans using unique blade design, along a series of special fin architecture with five 8mm and one 6mm copper heatpipes (on the other end of the cooling shroud). Gigabyte’s fan by default is switched off when idle, but it turns itself on when it crosses its Power consumption or temperature level. This happens out of the box and doesn’t rely on OC GURU II to make it work.

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The card has all the required video outputs- dual-link DVI-I and dual-link DVI-D, followed by an HDMI and three DisplayPort outputs.

GBT Windforce GTX 980Ti 27 Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti SOC has multi-coloured LED bling which fancies itself as a fan indicator. Gigabyte’s OC GURU II utility also allows you to preset colour and its effects along with the usual monitoring and overclocking options.

Did I say it has a large copper surface for the GPU core and other components?

Many GPU makers reduce the size of the copper cooling plate just for the GPU core and use some metal sink for the VRMs. An aluminium plating is used for the VRAMs surrounding it. Note that this card has two overclocked profiles and obviously one will try to overclock these further. Depending on the setup and ambience, at some point, these combinations of passive and active cooling helps. Of Course, it depends more on the GPU and its preset clock speed. Or else it’s just an overkill, making the card unnecessarily expensive.

Notice that unlike many cards, the VRM sink is on the GPU cooler for a change.

There’s a total of 12 SK Hynix H5G04H24MFR GDDR5 chips- same as what GTX Titan X uses.

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