EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

What else could be nicer than a EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review? It’s the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ of course.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

Awesome packaging aside with all the stickers and well-packed accessories like power cables, the GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ is one very well-built graphics card, and in case you’re wondering how big is this card, here’s what it looks like next to the GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+. Yup, it’s a ++.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

Here’s the view from the top.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

The GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ comes with a lovely backplate, one with its name on it too.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

Here’s the view from the bottom.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

Lastly, the I/O ports.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

More details available at the official product page.

Test Setup & Overclocking

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K
RAMAVEXIR Blitz 2x4GB 1600Mhz
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 3
CoolerNZXT Kraken X31
Monitor Dell UP3214Q Monitor
Power SupplyFSP AURUM S 700W
CasingNZXT S340
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Here’s the GPU-Z capture of the card.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ Graphics Card Review

I managed to run the card at 50Mhz boost for the core and 200Mhz boost for the memory.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.
*NOTE : AA disabled in 4K test.

Card1080p (avg)4K (avg)
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified94.924.9
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified OC99.126.1
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC90.724
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC Overclocked95.925.6
PowerColor R9 Fury68.320.6

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)4K (avg)
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified100.3348.33
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified OC99.3350
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC97.745.3
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC Overclocked101.047.7
PowerColor R9 Fury90.038.5

Bioshock Infinite

Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – 1920×1080
*NO 4K test on this one. Just figured out how to get it to work on 4K after the 980Ti left the lab. Will update when possible.

Card1080p (avg)4K (avg)
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified158.3961.99
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified OC157.1664.75
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC151.459.9
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC Overclocked157.6562.9
PowerColor R9 Fury141.053.5

Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor

Card1080p (avg)4K (avg)
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified134.4854.95
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified OC139.257.39
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC128.752.1
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC Overclocked136.254.84
PowerColor R9 Fury109.448.9

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available. 8xAA on Full HD. No AA on 4K.

Card1080p (avg)4K (avg)
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified62.8945
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified OC66.19246.67
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC63.843.4
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC Overclocked65.1445.6
PowerColor R9 Fury44.937.4

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified4880
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified Full RPM2948

The fans run sufficiently silent when left at default and it drops to 0% RPM once on idle, temperature hovered at some 48°C.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an FSP Aurum S 700W with 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 60w.

CardEVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified
Furmark Burn-in381
Estimated Actual System Draw315
Estimated Card Power Draw282

That’s pretty much within the range of the rated wattage for the GTX 980 Ti which is 282W which is a fair bit higher than as seen on Nvidia which I think it’s acceptable, considering it’s almost 200Mhz higher on clock speed and I could add another 50Mhz to it without breaking a sweat.

The Verdict

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ retails at RM 3,599 – it’s probably the most expensive GTX 980 Ti in the market. Some of you might even say that there are brands like “Z and “P” with GTX 980 TI that’s less costly – yes they are less costly, no doubt if you’re looking for just a card and not bothered with the packaging, warranty and build quality then this EVGA unit isn’t one for you. Check out the official product page to get a better idea on what you’re getting.

goldfries recommended

The review sample was provided by IdealTech – if you’re looking for this card, you know where to find them.

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