NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Video Card Roundup – ASUS, MSI and Zotac

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Closer Look – ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX OC 6GB

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Front

The ASUS STRIX GTX980 Ti 6GB Gaming OC video card features the usual black design with red accents and measures in at 304.8 x 152.4 x 40 mm in dimension. At 12-inches in length this card is fairly massive and you’ll need to ensure that it will fit inside your case properly if you are using anything but a full tower gaming case. This card is also taller than normal, so you also might need to measure that if you have a case fan or something protruding out your side panel. The good news about this dual-slot card is that it actually only takes up two slots!

The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB STRIX OC has default GPU base clock of 1216MHz,  a boost clock of 1317MHz (OC mode) or 1291MHz (gaming mode).  The 6GB of GDDR5 memory on the card is clocked at an effective speed of 7200MHz.

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix

The STRIX GTX 980 Ti Gaming OC has a 14-phase (12+2) Super Alloy II Power design that should give you plenty of smooth power and minimal choke noise. In fact, this card had the least choke noise of the bunch. The ASUS DirectCU III GPU cooler features five copper heat pipes that directly contact with the GPU. Two of these are full length 10mm thick heat pipes that run the length of the heat sink to ensure the fastest transfer of heat away from the GPU. The three wing-blade fans on the STRIX GTX 980 Ti are 0db models, so they’ll only spin up when the card reaches a certain operating temperature. ASUS says that they are quieter than the reference cards cooling fans and deliver 105% more airflow.

In the photo above you can also make out the STRIX LED located on the top edge of the video card. You can enable or disable a pulsating light under the logo to your liking.

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Power

Along the top edge of the ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti you’ll find a pair of NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU interconnects for those that might want to combine one or more of these cards together for even greater performance. On the other end of the top edge of the PCB there are two rear-facing 8-pin PCIe power connectors for an additional 375W of power if the card ever needs it. ASUS recommends at least a 600W power supply for their NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card.

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Back

The ASUS GTX 980 Ti 6GB STRIX OC comes with a backplate that helps prevents PCB bending over time. This model includes the STRIX GPU-Fortifier (the red bracket directly behind the GPU), which relieves physical stress around the GPU in order to protect it.

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Display Outputs

ASUS went with three DisplayPort 1.2 outputs as well as single HDMI 2.0 and Dual-Link DVI-I when it comes to video outputs. ASUS includes a DVI to VGA adapter in the accessory bundle, so the STRIX-GTX980TI-DC3OC-6GD5-GAMING should be able to connect to pretty much any monitor that you own or that is coming out in the years ahead.

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Cooler

Here you can better see the heat pipes that make up the DirectCU III GPU cooler. These heat pipes make direct contact with the GPU to ensure the best possible heat transfer.

Let’s take a look at the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Gaming OC video card on the next page!

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  • MadBlax

    Great review guys.

  • Zampa79

    Asus or Gigabyte?????

    • Jonathan Wakeford

      Gigabyte Xtrem Gaming but maybe you should wait for the new Pascal GPU due in june. Either to buy Pascal, or benefit of the price drop on current gen.

  • mm

    So the nvidia cards are all heavy OC and Fury X is stock?

    • Thomas Olson

      Because the Fury can’t handle an overclock. It’s already pushed as far as it will go from the factory. These are aftermarket cards that come with an overclock over the stock 980 Ti, and they will STILL overclock a good deal beyond that. There’s a reason ATI is cheap. 🙂

      • Arkeo

        Are you living in 2009 or something?

        ATI no longer exists.

        • Thomas Olson

          No shit. Obviously the mocking tone was over your head.

        • Arkeo

          If you meant the ATI acquisition, it was very expensive at over 5 billion.

          Either way, your comment was fanboyish.

        • Thomas Olson

          I meant that ATI was the heyday of the red team. It’s been all downhill since. AMD needs to be careful. They have nothing that can compete currently. Are you afraid of being a fan of things? Even if they’re superior to other things? I’m sorry your life is so sad and dreary. 🙁

        • Arkeo

          Oh really?

          Over half of their cards are very competitive.

          380 crushes the 960 for example. 390 and 970 are pretty comparable. And Fury is as fast/faster than the 980 depending on your luck with the 980. They lose in the flagship segment and they somewhat lose in the $140 segment.

        • ginevraweasely

          Give it a rest A-hole

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I actually started with fresh charts for 2016 and this was all the cards I had time to test and include in the charts before getting onto the plane for CES 2016. I tested the highest clocked Fury X card in the market (1050MHz). I would have happily included an overclocked version if there was such a card that could be bought.

      • Amet Monegro

        ohh ok, everybody overclocks its GPUs lol

    • Amet Monegro

      Nvidia-payed reviews where? lol

    • flippy

      cause hbm cant overclock (yet) and ddr5 can

  • Rauel Crespo

    It was nice seeing your review end with:


    • Nathan Kirsch

      I cringed when writing that as I knew I’d get flamed! There really just isn’t a perfect card that is right for everyone IMO.

  • Rauel Crespo

    You should have thrown in the Titan-X for good measure, as well as two GTX970’s in SLI to see what a similar amount of money gets you in performance.

    Also, I’ll take the sheer Titan-X killing performance of the Zotac card for the pennies extra it’ll add to my power-bill every year over the other two. Seriously, even comparing the power figure of the 390x vs the GTX970 is at most $5-$12 extra a YEAR.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      yup, it’s really not that bad when it comes to the power bill as you aren’t gaming at those numbers 24/7. Another benefit is that the card will help keep your room warm in the winter.