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Gigabyte's new GTX 980 Ti XtremeGaming is highly overclocked, yet more affordable than other GTX 980 Ti variants. It also comes with a quiet triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution that stops the fans in idle and provides great temperatures.

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Gigabyte is using the uPI uP1984A voltage controller. It's the first time I see this model, so I don't know what features it provides.
How do you go about finding out what features it provides (not just on this card and voltage controller - on other cards as well)? Is there a way to directly address the GPU's voltage controller and read values off it?
 
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Hey Wizzard, Stock vs Stock, Zotac 980 Ti AMP! Extreme is still the fastest air cooled 980Ti around and will return better performance as compare to this Xtreme 980 ti ?
 

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Hey Wizzard, Stock vs Stock, Zotac 980 Ti AMP! Extreme is still the fastest air cooled 980Ti around and will return better performance as compare to this Xtreme 980 ti ?
Nope, the Gigabyte is faster

How do you go about finding out what features it provides (not just on this card and voltage controller - on other cards as well)? Is there a way to directly address the GPU's voltage controller and read values off it?
Either find the datasheet, or poke around in the controller with software (if it supports software control) and see what happens
 
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I wouldn't have known this card taking 3 slots without reading your review....
 
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Pffft...

980ti's are yesterdays news, move over old man, new gen incoming..;)
 
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Nice review W1zz...

Question though, what does the LN2 mode do for this card? Does it disable OCP/OVP? Allow higher voltage for software adjustments (like the Matrix we reviewed does).

Also, did I miss what the actual boost clock was on this card at stock? I bought one and I think I hit 1418 Mhz.
 
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I knew I missed it.. lol.

IMO, it would be helpful to know BEFORE the benchmarks what the ACTUAL boost clocks are. In your test setup perhaps (where we put it anyway).
 
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Wow, just can't believe this thing is consistently about 25% faster than NVidia stock, and not even overclocked. When OC'ed it was nearly 40% faster. Deserves a whole new market segment of its own.
 
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Great looking card, runs well, overall full of nice features just a disappointing overclock overall compared to others. But that's just luck of the draw, would love to play with one!!!
 
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Hey W1z. Nice to see another review out, mostly because I like seeing newly updated GPU benches across the table. To see what recent drivers and such have done for them. Big ups from me to you for doing that.

Question though: Why not use some of the newer titles to bench? Far Cry Primal, The Division, Rise of the Tomb Raider, XCOM 2, Hitman?
 

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Would it be possible to include the OCed card in the performance summary section in the future? That would be tremendously helpful.
 

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Would it be possible to include the OCed card in the performance summary section in the future? That would be tremendously helpful.
then i'd have to rebench everything with OC, not enough time for that, sorry
 

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I have a question about that also. Do you test every card in all these games? For example, the 750 Ti is included in the performance summary, but not in the benchmarks for the individual games.
 
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I have this card after having to RMA one Msi 6g Gaming, Evga SC+ and Palit JS+ (all 980ti's.) and long story short, this card boosts to 1430 stock out of the box, is dead quiet and OC to 1525 stable.

I really can't recommend this card enough!
 

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I have a question about that also. Do you test every card in all these games? For example, the 750 Ti is included in the performance summary, but not in the benchmarks for the individual games.
These cards are just not included in the regular game graphs because the graphs would be way too long
 

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what does the LN2 mode do for this card? Does it disable OCP/OVP? Allow higher voltage for software adjustments (like the Matrix we reviewed does).
"According to our R&D team , this LN2 BIOS is majorly free the limitation of power(default 320W) and voltage (default 1.3V)."
 
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Thank you W1zz... was it Sherri you reached to (our US contact)?

Interesting their default power limit is 320W... it wasn't that on my BIOS I can tell you that much!!! 300W was 100% and 130% was 390W...

I don't see a mention of OCP/OVP, that will likely have to be a hardware mod?

I have to play with their software a bit more as MSI AB only went up to 87mv increase which would put the card somewhere around 1.23V or so.



Thanks again! :)
 

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These cards are just not included in the regular game graphs because the graphs would be way too long
Well, if that's the case, since you're already testing like 15 cards why can't you do one more?
 

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Well, if that's the case, since you're already testing like 15 cards why can't you do one more?
I retest them all every three months or so with latest drivers and new games, not for every single review. The test system doesn't change in any way during that time.
 
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It isn't exactly easy to tell from the common marketing shots used to sell the card.

Just look at newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125846

There's no way to tell there. Amazon is better, at least it has the shot you linked to, but the main image is that off angle one that makes it almost impossible to tell how big the card is height wise.
 
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