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.
GTX 780 Ti
|Radeon R9 |
|Radeon R9 |
GTX 980 Ti
|ASUS GTX 980|
GTX Titan X
|Shader Units||1664||2816||2816||2880||2048||3584||4096||2816||2816||3072||2x 2816|
|Graphics Processor||GM204||Hawaii||Hawaii||GK110||GM204||Fiji||Fiji||GM200||GM200||GM200||2x Hawaii|
|Memory Size||4 GB||4 GB||8 GB||3 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||6 GB||6 GB||12 GB||2x 4 GB|
|Memory Bus Width||256 bit||512 bit||512 bit||384 bit||256 bit||4096 bit||4096 bit||384 bit||384 bit||384 bit||2x 512 bit|
|Core Clock||1051 MHz+||1000 MHz||1050 MHz||876 MHz+||1126 MHz+||1000 MHz||1050 MHz||1000 MHz+||1216 MHz+||1000 MHz+||1018 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1750 MHz||1250 MHz||1500 MHz||1750 MHz||1750 MHz||500 MHz||500 MHz||1750 MHz||1800 MHz||1750 MHz||1250 MHz|
You will receive:
- Graphics card + driver CD
- 2x PCIe power cable
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.
Installation requires three slots in your system.
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.
You may combine up to four GTX 980 Ti cards in a multi-GPU SLI configuration.
Pictured above are the front and back, showing the disassembled board. High-res versions are also available (front, back).
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