ASUS GTX 980 Matrix 4 GB Review 16

ASUS GTX 980 Matrix 4 GB Review

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The GeForce GTX 980 is NVIDIA's latest high-end single-GPU graphics card, made possible by the company's new Maxwell architecture. The GM204 graphics processor that powers the GTX 980 in this review comes with amazing power consumption improvements that are the foundation behind the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 taking the enthusiast market by storm.

The GeForce GTX 980 is carved out of the 28 nm GM204 silicon with all its shaders enabled, resulting in a shader count of 2,048. There are 128 available texture units and the ROP count is a massive 64, with a 256-bit bus connecting 4 GB of GDDDR5 memory.

The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix is the company's new flagship card with tons of awesome features for hardcore overclockers, like a memory heater to avoid subzero cold bugs. With LN2 mode enabled, any limits on voltage and power are also gone, so you can easily unleash the card's full potential.

Out of the box, the card comes overclocked to 1241 MHz, though memory remained at the NVIDIA default of 1750 MHz. With a price of $660, the card is certainly not cheap as it is over $100 more expensive than cheaper GTX 980 variants.

GTX 980 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 680
GTX 780
R9 290
GTX 970
R9 290X
HD 7990
GTX Titan
GTX 780 Ti
GTX 980
980 Matrix
Shader Units153623042560166428162x 20482688288020482048
ROPs32486464642x 3248486464
Graphics ProcessorGK104GK110HawaiiGM204Hawaii2x TahitiGK110GK110GM204GM204
Transistors3500M7100M6200M5200M6200M2x 4310M7100M7100M5200M5200M
Memory Size2048 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB2x 3072 MB6144 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit384 bit512 bit256 bit512 bit2x 384 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit256 bit
Core Clock1006 MHz+863 MHz+947 MHz1051 MHz+1000 MHz1000 MHz837 MHz+876 MHz+1126 MHz+1241 MHz+
Memory Clock1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1750 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz
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