Thursday, November 26th 2015

ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 980 Ti 20th Anniversary Gold Edition

ASUS today celebrates 20 years of producing the world's most award-winning and innovative graphics cards with the release of a special limited 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti graphics card. Featuring the latest GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics processing units (GPUs) - clocked at 1367MHz - this meticulously-crafted, highly-collectible graphics card delivers up to 21.6%-faster performance than reference cards in the 3DMark 11 Extreme benchmark test and 22.1%‑faster gaming performance in GTA V.

Combined with exclusive ASUS technologies including industry-exclusive, fully-automated Auto-Extreme manufacturing for premium reliability, and Memory Defroster for subzero overclocking stability, 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti continues the pioneering ASUS spirit of developing the world's fastest, most-innovative GTX 980 Ti graphics cards.
ASUS innovation: Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme and Memory Defroster technologies
All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%‑automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of reliability. Acclaimed Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with 14-phase Super Alloy Power II components - long-life capacitors, concrete-core chokes, and hardened MOSFETs - withstand much greater stress and heat. The result is an ultra-stable graphics card that's forged for extreme overclocking. Gamers benefit from loads of headroom for experimental performance tuning without generating distracting whines and buzzes.

Memory Defroster is an exclusive feature designed to excite extreme overclockers. This clever technology quickly defrosts the graphics card's memory during below-zero overclocking to ensure sustained stability. Extreme overclockers will also appreciate the liquid-nitrogen (LN2) jumper switch as it enables even more overvolting options, allowing the most adventurous users to unleash maximum greater power from their graphics cards.

20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti also comes with Safe Mode, a feature that restores default BIOS settings instantly at the push of a button, allowing users to overclock with complete confidence. Additionally, a gorgeous color-coded LED changes shade to reflect the GPU's load level through four brilliant, highly-visible color gradients, providing a real-time visual guide to performance.

Ultimate cooling: DirectCU II with patented wing-blade 0dB fans for cooler, quieter performance
20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti is equipped with award-winning, ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology, which features an exclusive 10mm direct-GPU-contact heat pipe and a 325%-larger heat dissipation area. Together with two 0dB fans engineered with a patented wing-blade design, 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti delivers gaming performance that's 30%-cooler and three-times (3X) quieter than reference cards.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for easy tweaking and streaming
Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included one-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license - a $99 value - lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti will be available worldwide from late November 2015. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
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16 Comments on ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 980 Ti 20th Anniversary Gold Edition

#1
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
I'll bet it costs a small fortune, but it does look fabulous. Truly a thing of quality.

@W1zzard will you be reviewing one of these?
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#2
Basard
It would be cool if it were actually gold plated. I'm sure the price will be though.
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#3
W1zzard
qubit said:

@W1zzard will you be reviewing one of these?
Dunno yet, haven't heard anything from ASUS. Also I'll be on holidays from Dec 4-13
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#4
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
W1zzard said:
Dunno yet, haven't heard anything from ASUS. Also I'll be on holidays from Dec 4-13
@W1zzard sir may i ask you a question?
what do you do with the used and reviewed hardware sir?

Regards,
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#6
GhostRyder
Looks cool, but it likely is going to cost a lot more for a very small (if any) improvement in overclocking. Really love the design of this card though and their Matrix series are always top notch, just not for me this round.
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#7
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
peche said:
@W1zzard sir may i ask you a question?
what do you do with the used and reviewed hardware sir?

Regards,
He keeps alot of it. Every time he reviews a GPU, he goes back and retests all the comparison GPU's so that all are on the same playing field for comparison.
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#8
64K
GhostRyder said:
Looks cool, but it likely is going to cost a lot more for a very small (if any) improvement in overclocking. Really love the design of this card though and their Matrix series are always top notch, just not for me this round.
Agreed. It's down to the last gasps of the 28nm tech. 2016 will be the year to upgrade GPU.
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#9
GhostRyder
64K said:
Agreed. It's down to the last gasps of the 28nm tech. 2016 will be the year to upgrade GPU.
Yea, I am glad I bought when I did because this round was mostly just meh. Waiting on next years cards to do my next upgrade (Which will probably be two cards) and make a decision on what cards I want.
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#10
DeadSkull
Are these cards binned at all?!

Or is this just a Matrix Platinum 980 TI + plastic gold trim and backplate on the outside :D
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#11
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
DeadSkull said:
Are these cards binned at all?!

Or is this just a Matrix Platinum 980 TI + plastic gold trim and backplate on the outside :D
Based on the fact it's clocked at 1367 and performs 21% faster and the fact they gave it 14 phases on the power-delivery side, I'm going to say they are higher binned chips.
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#14
64K
GhostRyder said:
Yea, I am glad I bought when I did because this round was mostly just meh. Waiting on next years cards to do my next upgrade (Which will probably be two cards) and make a decision on what cards I want.
I got into a hurry to upgrade to a 1440p monitor so I felt I needed more GPU so I bought my 980 Ti kind of late in the Maxwell series but Pascal and Arctic Islands are at least 6 months away and depending on the yields at 16nm and 14nm it could be a bit longer to have them available to buy at a reasonable cost. I'm hoping that the GPUs next year will have 60% to 90% more performance than what we have right now but that's just the speculation floating around the net right now. I think a single flagship card from either company will do pretty well at 4K. Intel is struggling to get to 10nm so we may be stuck on 16nm/14nm GPUs for a while. Intel has already said it's the end of the road for silicon after 10nm because of the difficulties they are having. Starting with 7nm CPUs they will be using different materials so a few years from now GPUs may use different materials also.
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#15
ReaperX87
A little late to the gold and black theme, the GTX 770 ACX was gold and black along with alot of the ACX cards. One guy on amazon is asking $1400 for 1 card. Yeah right you can get 2 980ti's for that price.
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#16
Vlada011
This highest overclocked Graphic Card EVER!
Fabric OC is 270MHz...Gaming on 270MHz faster graphic than reference. :clap:
Only maybe 2-3 cards in life I wish so much as this model.
I think buyers should keep this card even after upgrade on stronger as musicians keep gold vinyl record on wall.
This would be fantastic prime and later many years backup graphic card with style.
ASUS with series 900 done more with graphic cards than in many previous years.
Size of this card leave amazing impression on every customer...
If you look JJ video for normal Matrix you will understand...
I hope customers will not complain if this card reach 86-87-88C on Air with so high clock.
If they remove side panel they will not have problems or if they install waterblock later.
For me this is now best not 980Ti, best GM200.
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