Thursday, July 9th 2015

Colorful Releases GeForce GTX 980 Ti iGame Ymir-X Graphics Card

Colorful launched its factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, the iGame Ymir-X. This custom-design board is positioned between the Ymir-U and the KUDAN, in Colorful's product stack, and offers a reasonably big feature-set. To begin with, the card features a 2-slot thick, triple-fan based air-cooling solution, with twin aluminium fin-stack heatsink, to which heat drawn from the GPU is conducted by six 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes. Its three fans are temperature-activated, and it features a red glowing "Colorful iGame" logo on its top.

Under the hood is a completely custom-design PCB by Colorful, which draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and conditions it using a meaty 14-phase VRM, with solid ferrite-core chokes, driver-MOSFETs, and poscap capacitors. The PCB features silver instead of copper for its contact points. Other features include dual-BIOS, and a load-indicating LED array that lights up towards the back of the card. The card offers factory-overclocked speeds of 1127 MHz core, 1216 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The package includes a multipurpose toolkit. Colorful didn't announce pricing.
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33 Comments on Colorful Releases GeForce GTX 980 Ti iGame Ymir-X Graphics Card

#2
ZoneDymo
CrAsHnBuRnXp, post: 3312363, member: 44048"
Looks like an Asus Strix knockoff
lol what
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#3
RejZoR
I have a very bad experience with these "no name" brands. Zotac, Colorful, Club3D etc. They may have improved over the years, but the bad taste remains. Almost every time I've seen one of these there were some retarded problems with them...
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
RejZoR, post: 3312379, member: 1515"
I have a very bad experience with these "no name" brands. Zotac, Colorful, Club3D etc. They may have improved over the years, but the bad taste remains. Almost every time I've seen one of these there were some retarded problems with them...
Colorful is the second biggest graphics card vendor on this planet. Hardly a "no name" brand.
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#5
zo0lykas
lol
where about? and let me ask who is the first? :-)

btarunr, post: 3312381, member: 43587"
Colorful is the second biggest graphics card vendor on this planet. Hardly a "no name" brand.
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#6
Nokiron
zo0lykas, post: 3312383, member: 152086"
lol
where about? and let me ask who is the first? :)
Asia, mostly mainland China. Palit is the biggest vendor.
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#7
GhostRyder
Man...Colourful makes some fantastic looking cards!!!
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#8
micropage7
GhostRyder, post: 3312395, member: 149328"
Man...Colourful makes some fantastic looking cards!!!
yea, they have some great looking cards but the name of their product id duh, can they take another name......
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#9
lZKoce
Sexy backplate! Overall pretty sleek looking card. Has some "completness to it", I can't say exactly. Not the typical iGame stuff with balls-to-the wall, heat-pounding, physiX breaking fin-stack action a.l.a GTX860 iGmae Passive. , but I like it better this way.
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#10
RejZoR
btarunr, post: 3312381, member: 43587"
Colorful is the second biggest graphics card vendor on this planet. Hardly a "no name" brand.
Why do you think I placed it in quotes? Also, being the biggest doesn't mean they are the best either. You can churn out tons of crap and people buy it just because it's cheaper and when it strats crapping out, they don't even know it shouldn't behave like that. Cousin had a Zotac Radeon, can't remember which one. Constant stupid problems with crashing, locking up, weird poor 3D acceleration etc. I got a Club3D card when fan on old one was acting funny (those poor reference blowers) and I got back a different one with aftermarket one. Which was releasing weird aluminium vibration noise from the cooler and had enormous coil whine (imagine jet engine spooling up, that kind of whine!). So enormous I sold it few days later. I just don't trust them. They are too expensive in the first place to make compromises. ASUS, Gainward, Gigabyte, MSI, these I trust.

And yes, I know Gainward is par of Palit, but I'd rather have Gainward card over any Palit branded one... Ferrari and Fiat also share ownership and we know how they separate themselves...
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#11
Sempron Guy
RejZoR, post: 3312411, member: 1515"
Why do you think I placed it in quotes? Also, being the biggest doesn't mean they are the best either. You can churn out tons of crap and people buy it just because it's cheaper and when it strats crapping out, they don't even know it shouldn't behave like that. Cousin had a Zotac Radeon, can't remember which one. Constant stupid problems with crashing, locking up, weird poor 3D acceleration etc. I got a Club3D card when fan on old one was acting funny (those poor reference blowers) and I got back a different one with aftermarket one. Which was releasing weird aluminium vibration noise from the cooler and had enormous coil whine (imagine jet engine spooling up, that kind of whine!). So enormous I sold it few days later. I just don't trust them. They are too expensive in the first place to make compromises. ASUS, Gainward, Gigabyte, MSI, these I trust.

And yes, I know Gainward is par of Palit, but I'd rather have Gainward card over any Palit branded one... Ferrari and Fiat also share ownership and we know how they separate themselves...
Never remembered Zotac making a radeon gpu and did you ever got to use a Colorful gpu? Lastly, Gainward is Palit's european brand. I'm interested to know how you distinguish Palit as subpar vs Gainward.
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#12
GhostRyder
RejZoR, post: 3312411, member: 1515"
Why do you think I placed it in quotes? Also, being the biggest doesn't mean they are the best either. You can churn out tons of crap and people buy it just because it's cheaper and when it strats crapping out, they don't even know it shouldn't behave like that. Cousin had a Zotac Radeon, can't remember which one. Constant stupid problems with crashing, locking up, weird poor 3D acceleration etc. I got a Club3D card when fan on old one was acting funny (those poor reference blowers) and I got back a different one with aftermarket one. Which was releasing weird aluminium vibration noise from the cooler and had enormous coil whine (imagine jet engine spooling up, that kind of whine!). So enormous I sold it few days later. I just don't trust them. They are too expensive in the first place to make compromises. ASUS, Gainward, Gigabyte, MSI, these I trust.

And yes, I know Gainward is par of Palit, but I'd rather have Gainward card over any Palit branded one... Ferrari and Fiat also share ownership and we know how they separate themselves...
I think your mistaken because I do not recall Zotac making any Radeon GPU's. I cannot find one either on the web so you maybe confusing them with another brand.
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#13
jabbadap
Hmm that vrm section looks interesting. But why on earth there's such a crappy heatsink on it. VRM cooling really should be a lot better than that.
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#14
THE_EGG
Looks nice and imo it is one of Colorful's nicest looking cards in the last year or two.

Those fans though are awfully close together.
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#15
r.h.p
Man those GE force cards are massive . Does anyone think they will use HDM like AMD next ? OR get bigger and more power hungry lol
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#16
ZoneDymo
RejZoR, post: 3312411, member: 1515"
Why do you think I placed it in quotes? Also, being the biggest doesn't mean they are the best either. You can churn out tons of crap and people buy it just because it's cheaper and when it strats crapping out, they don't even know it shouldn't behave like that. Cousin had a Zotac Radeon, can't remember which one. Constant stupid problems with crashing, locking up, weird poor 3D acceleration etc. I got a Club3D card when fan on old one was acting funny (those poor reference blowers) and I got back a different one with aftermarket one. Which was releasing weird aluminium vibration noise from the cooler and had enormous coil whine (imagine jet engine spooling up, that kind of whine!). So enormous I sold it few days later. I just don't trust them. They are too expensive in the first place to make compromises. ASUS, Gainward, Gigabyte, MSI, these I trust.

And yes, I know Gainward is par of Palit, but I'd rather have Gainward card over any Palit branded one... Ferrari and Fiat also share ownership and we know how they separate themselves...
I would think you placed it in quotes because the brand does not literally have no name.
Why did you place it in quotes then?

Secondly you cannot possibly think that analogy holds up with Ferrari and Fiat, Ferrari was bought by Fiat, its not the same brand like with Gainward and Palit. Ferrari makes its own cars for its own target audience, Palit and Gainward makes the same, for the same audience, for the same price.
So no, I have not clue why you would rather have Gainward of Palit other then just some misguided feelings about the brands.
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#17
buildzoid
jabbadap, post: 3312435, member: 148195"
Hmm that vrm section looks interesting. But why on earth there's such a crappy heatsink on it. VRM cooling really should be a lot better than that.
That heatsink is plenty. VRMs don't need too much cooling.
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#18
AsRock
TPU addict
Yet more dumb ass shrouds, 1st thing i would do would remove that crap so those fans could work 100%.
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#19
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
sick design ....:toast:
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#20
Ikaruga
RejZoR, post: 3312379, member: 1515"
I have a very bad experience with these "no name" brands. Zotac, Colorful, Club3D etc. They may have improved over the years, but the bad taste remains. Almost every time I've seen one of these there were some retarded problems with them...
This is so "racist". I agree that some engineering teams are a lot better than others and some companies care more about their products than the others... but these are still products for the masses and not custom made hand crafted stuff created with great care.
For example every single hardware I had from Gigabyte died on me, there was no exception (and believe me I had a lot of things from them since they exist). Motherboards, graphics cards, PSUs, etc I never sold any of those because they all died on me, yet I do not hate them, I even have a 980 from them in one of my machines now, which still works well.
I had 3 Asus mainboards drop dead on me in the last decade, yet I just bought one last year.
I never had a MSI product which gave me problem, everything I bought from them still works flawlessly, and some of those are older than 10 years, yet if you hit up Google, you will see that the web was full of MSI hate for almost a decade because of its "unreliability". (The only brand I refuse to use is Asrock but even that is stupid because I'm sure they have awesome products too, it's just my personal experience is so bad with them, I simply don't want to give them money anymore. My last try was a H81 board what I installed for somebody which was only one year old and started acting up last month)

ZoneDymo, post: 3312445, member: 66089"
Secondly you cannot possibly think that analogy holds up with Ferrari and Fiat, Ferrari was bought by Fiat, its not the same brand like with Gainward and Palit. Ferrari makes its own cars for its own target audience, Palit and Gainward makes the same, for the same audience, for the same price.
So no, I have not clue why you would rather have Gainward of Palit other then just some misguided feelings about the brands.
Iirc Palit is the head company, they "own" Galaxy, XpertVision and Gainward, but perhaps it's not really an ownership but rather they just split because of financial/management reasons. Gainward used to offer more warranty than Palit, but I agree, I didn't find Gainward's "Golden Sample" cards any better than Palit's Super JetStream ones, not at all.
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#21
arterius2
r.h.p, post: 3312444, member: 158032"
Man those GE force cards are massive . Does anyone think they will use HDM like AMD next ? OR get bigger and more power hungry lol
Geforce cards are already more energy efficient than AMD cards. what do u mean more power hungry?
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#22
Chloe Price
The names of these custom graphics cards get more retarted year after year.
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#23
RejZoR
AsRock, post: 3312455, member: 40310"
Yet more dumb ass shrouds, 1st thing i would do would remove that crap so those fans could work 100%.
This. The middle fan is covered instead of placing support construction between fans where it would impair airflow the least.
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AsRock
TPU addict
RejZoR, post: 3312491, member: 1515"
This. The middle fan is covered instead of placing support construction between fans where it would impair airflow the least.
Well at least the fans are screwed to the heat sink so it looks like it could be removed, bad part of that their be metal parts soldered to the heat sink.

EDIT: I take that shit off and just use my MK-13 bracket. Which i did for AC cooler and used some real fans.
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#25
kn00tcn
RejZoR, post: 3312379, member: 1515"
I have a very bad experience with these "no name" brands. Zotac, Colorful, Club3D etc. They may have improved over the years, but the bad taste remains. Almost every time I've seen one of these there were some retarded problems with them...
would you like to know that zotac & sapphire are the same factory, sapphire being the OEM for AMD reference cards... so no they are noname, zotac is probably just fine

club3d is almost 20 years old, but i suppose they are independent just like visiontek

a lot of the names are actually under a bit of a duopoly of parent companies

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/galax-announces-its-geforce-gtx-960-lineup.209179/#post-3226719

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/inno3d-announces-its-geforce-gtx-960-lineup.209181/#post-3226744

basically, very few brands are independent nonames, also those parent companies with a ton of brands & totally global distribution end up pushing the sales numbers down for asus, msi, gigabyte since those 3 are independent (also not reference or engineering sample)
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