ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Matrix 6 GB Review 51

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Matrix 6 GB Review




NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti was released in June last year. Built on the same GM200 GPU as the GeForce Titan X, it has fewer shaders (2816 vs 3072). While the GTX 980 Ti's GPU is still produced on a 28 nanometer process at TSMC in Taiwan, it comes with the fantastic power efficiency optimizations of the NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, which promises lower power draw, higher performance, and reduced fan noise all at the same time.

Our review of the reference design GTX 980 Ti revealed that it is barely slower than the Titan X, which means custom designs could surpass Titan X performance at a much lower price point.

Today, we are reviewing the ASUS GTX 980 Ti Matrix flagship card, which is geared towards gamers, enthusiasts, and hardcore overclockers. The Matrix competes with cards like the MSI Lightning and EVGA Kingpin Edition. ASUS has overclocked their card's GPU to a base clock of 1216 MHz and its memory to 1800 MHz.

A large dual-fan, triple-slot cooler ensures the ASUS GTX 980 Ti Matrix stays cool at all times, and hopefully quiet as well.

At $720, pricing is high, so let's see if its cost is justified.

GeForce GTX 980 Ti Market Segment Analysis
GTX 970
R9 290X
R9 390X
GTX 780 Ti
GTX 980
Radeon R9
Radeon R9
Fury X
GTX 980 Ti
Ti Matrix
GTX Titan X
R9 295X2
Shader Units16642816281628802048358440962816281630722x 2816
ROPs566464486464649696962x 64
Graphics ProcessorGM204HawaiiHawaiiGK110GM204FijiFijiGM200GM200GM2002x Hawaii
Transistors5200M6200M6200M7100M5200M8900M8900M8000M8000M8000M2x 6200M
Memory Size4 GB4 GB8 GB3 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB6 GB6 GB12 GB2x 4 GB
Memory Bus Width256 bit512 bit512 bit384 bit256 bit4096 bit4096 bit384 bit384 bit384 bit2x 512 bit
Core Clock1051 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz876 MHz+1126 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz1000 MHz+1216 MHz+1000 MHz+1018 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz500 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz1800 MHz1750 MHz1250 MHz


Package Front
Package Back


You will receive:
  • Graphics card + driver CD
  • Documentation
  • 2x PCIe power cable

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

The Matrix is a huge card—just look at how far it extends beyond the PCIe slot cover! When looking at the front, you'll see a slightly new color theme that consists of large areas of silvery paint (the cooler is made out of plastic) with orange highlights. A sturdy metal backplate is included as well. Dimensions of the card are 30.0 cm x 14.5 cm.

Graphics Card Height

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include one DVI port, one HDMI port, and three DisplayPorts.

The GPU also comes with an HDMI sound device. It is HDMI 2.0 compatible, which supports HD audio and Blu-ray 3D movies.

Multi-GPU Area

You may combine up to four GTX 980 Ti cards in a multi-GPU SLI configuration.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

Pictured above are the front and back, showing the disassembled board. High-res versions are also available (front, back).
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