MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6 GB Review 68

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6 GB Review

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A Closer Look

MSI's cooler uses four heatpipes for as much heat transfer as possible from the GPU to the heatsink. Two of these heatpipes are of a thicker variant.

MSI's metal backplate looks great with its dragon logo print and the surface structure highlights.

Two secondary heatsinks cool the memory chips and voltage-regulation circuitry.

Power delivery requires two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. This configuration is specified for up to 375 W power draw.

MSI is using the same NCP8114 voltage controller as the GTX 980 Ti reference design. The controller has no support for I2C, so there is no advanced monitoring, but VID-based voltages can be monitored and controlled through NVIDIA's driver.

The GDDR5 memory chips are by Hynix and carry the model number H5GQ4H24MFR-R2C. They are specified to run at 1750 MHz (7000 MHz GDDR5 effective).

NVIDIA's GM200 graphics processor is the company's new flagship GPU. It is produced on a 28 nm process at TSMC, Taiwan, with a transistor count of 8.0 billion and a die-size of 601 mm².
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