Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card Review

Never have I come across such a beautiful GTX 980 Ti. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING is so packed with features it’s definitely the enthusiasts card to get!

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card Review

Tri-fan cooling aside, the card is huge, heavy and comes with a nice looking backplate.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card Review

Towards the forward section of the card lies an additional 6-pin PCI-E power connector, to provide added overclocking potential by one-click BIOS switch button that makes the card perform in LN2 mode. (That’s for Liquid Nitrogen cooling)

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card Review

Here’s the rear and bottom view of the card.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card Review

Lastly but not least, the beautiful part of this card is that it has RGB LED on the cooler so you’re able to customize it to suit the setup of your system.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card Review

Check out this video by Gigabyte.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5710#kf

Below is the GPU-Z screen capture.

GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X
RAMHyperX Savage 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking

Overclocking was great, I managed to up 75Mhz on Core and 200Mhz on memory and that gave it quite some performance boost.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG9726
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC10228
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti9525
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class9525
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary7118

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG13151
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC13753
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti13250
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class10049
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary9137

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG17063
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC18066
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti17263
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class15862
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary12946

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG13957
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC14659
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti13856
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class13555
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary10141

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG6447
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC6949
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti6547
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class6345
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary4733

The Division

The Division
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync OFF.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG9640
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC9942

Temperature

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

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG3370
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG (Full RPM)2853

The fan hovers at around 53% on AUTO settings where the noise level is silent.

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 Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 80w.

CardGigabyte 980 Ti XG
Furmark Burn-in420
Estimated Actual System Draw378
Estimated Card Power Draw313

The Verdict

The Gigabyte 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming isn’t new and in fact is on the way to be phased out, I’ve seen market price as low as RM 2899 for this baby and it’s definitely a steal right now.

It’s got a beautiful backplate, awesome looking RGB LED cooling system that not only looks great but cools very well, it even comes with added power connection to enable even greater performance.

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