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

Processor Intel Core i7-5960X
RAM HyperX Savage 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
Motherboard ASRock X99 OC Formula
Power Supply Cooler Master V850
Operating System Windows 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.

Card 1080p (avg) 4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG 97 26
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC 102 28
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti 95 25
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class 95 25
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary 71 18

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg) 4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG 131 51
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC 137 53
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti 132 50
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class 100 49
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary 91 37

Bioshock Infinite

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

Card 1080p (avg) 4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG 170 63
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC 180 66
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti 172 63
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class 158 62
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary 129 46

Shadow of Mordor

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

Card 1080p (avg) 4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG 139 57
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC 146 59
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti 138 56
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class 135 55
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary 101 41

Grand Theft Auto V

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

Card 1080p (avg) 4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG 64 47
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC 69 49
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti 65 47
EVGA GTX 980 Ti Class 63 45
ASUS GTX 980 Anniversary 47 33

The Division

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

Card 1080p (avg) 4K UHD (avg)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG 96 40
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG OC 99 42

Temperature

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

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG 33 70
Gigabyte 980 Ti XG (Full RPM) 28 53

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.

Card Gigabyte 980 Ti XG
Furmark Burn-in 420
Estimated Actual System Draw 378
Estimated Card Power Draw 313

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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