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

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Closer Look – MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Gaming OC

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming

Next up we have the MSI GeForce GT 980 Ti Gaming 6GB! This is a dual-slot card that features the Twin Frozr V GPU cooler with high-density heatsinks, dual TORX 100mm cooling fans, and copper heatpipes that have been nickel-plated.  The MSI GeForce GT 980 Ti Gaming 6GB has default GPU base clock of 1178MHz and a boost clock of 11279MHz.  The 6GB of GDDR5 memory on the card is clocked at an effective speed of 7096MHz. If you install the MSI software you can also run it at lower clock speeds (gaming and silent).

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming OC

The MSI GeForce GT 980 Ti Gaming 6GB is the shortest card in the roundup at 269mm in length, so if you have a smaller case this could be the ideal card for you. MSI went with an 8+2 power phase design using SFC chokes, Hi-C speed caps, and Sinopower MOSFETs as part of the Military Class 4 components used on this card. The GPU cooler uses four copper heatpipes that help transfer the heat from the GPU to the two cooling fin arrays. The two double ball bearing fans on the card have are 0db models, so they’ll only spin up when the card reaches a certain operating temperature.

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming Power Connectors

Along the top edge of the MSI GeForce GT 980 Ti Gaming 6GB you’ll find a pair of NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU interconnects and two rear-facing 8-pin PCIe power connectors. With the 8-pin power design it means that this card can get 375 Watts of power from the system if it is needed. Note that MSI installed small heat sinks on critical power management components to help keep them cool below the power connectors.

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming OC Back

The back of the card has a full coverage black back plate with a cool looking dragon logo on it.

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming Video Outputs

MSI went with three DisplayPort 1.2 outputs as well as single HDMI 2.0 and one Dual-Link DVI-D header when it comes to video outputs.

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming Bottom

Here is a look at the bottom of the MSI GeForce GT 980 Ti Gaming 6GB video card.

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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.