EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

A very well known brand when it comes to the graphic cards market, EVGA is finally here on Malaysian shores and we have the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ in goldfries’ lab and oh my it’s such a hot product I can’t get enough of it.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

Normally I’m not even bothered by product packaging but this is not the case, the packaging is very different from most other graphic cards in the market. Take for example the product box, there’s a cut-out at the back not only to show the backplate but to show the match serial number as well.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

Part of the product packaging is a notice regarding the availability of world-wide warranty service.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

And get this – the cables are neatly packed in anti-static bags, sealed too! Pardon me if I sound like we’re from some backwater country but this is the first EVGA product for me and I’m pretty darn well impressed just by the packaging. Let’s move forward to the card.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

The card itself is jaw-droppingly amazing and it’s the probably the second best card I’ve ever held – the best being another EVGA card in another article that’s coming soon. 😛

OK so I digress, back to the card, appearance wise the EVGA’s dual-fan cooling system isn’t impressive. It’s not bad looking but it’s just bland, and it does remind me of some dual-fan coolers from another brand.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

Things look better once you view it from the top, the words are all back-lit.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

Here’s what it looks like when in operation.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ is powered by 6+8pin PCI-E connection and it comes with backplate.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

And what an awesome looking backplate it is.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

Here’s the view from the bottom.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

And here are the display connection ports.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic 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, ASIC quality is at 72.5%.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

I managed to run the card at 150Mhz boost for the core and 200Mhz boost for the memory but it couldn’t pass certain test, at 100Mhz boost for core the card was rock solid.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Graphic Card Review

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 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 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 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 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 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 SC3976
EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC Full RPM2858

The fans run sufficiently silent when left at default and it drops to 0% RPM once it’s under 40°C. The max RPM test shows the EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC comes with an excellent cooling system.

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 GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+
Furmark Burn-in350
Estimated Actual System Draw315
Estimated Card Power Draw255

That’s pretty much withint he range of the rated wattage for the GTX 980 Ti which is 250W, as seen on Nvidia

The Verdict

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ retails at RM 3,449 – it’s not cheap, it’s similarly priced to products from ASUS and Gigabyte but in my opinion the one from EVGA wins hands down when it comes to packaged content and warranty service.

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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