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

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Closer Look – Zotac GTX 980Ti AMP! 6GB

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Omega

The last card in our 3-way GTX 980 Ti roundup is the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition 6GB model that is sold under part number ZT-90505-10P. This card comes clocked at 1253 MHz base with a 1355 MHz boost clock on the 2816 CUDA cores and the 6GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 7220 MHz effectively. This is the fastest of the three GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards that we are looking at in this roundup and it is most certainly the fastest GeForce GTX 980 Ti offered by Zotac. This card is also the largest of the group as it measures 12.25-inches in length! Zotac says this card is 12.92″ long, but they must be going off the PCI bracket and we start our measurement from the back as it’s the length inside the PC case that really matters.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Omega

The GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition has a nice look look to it and features a triple 90mm IceStorm GPU cooler with dual copper heat pipes and dual blade EKO fans. This card also has what Zotac calls a Carbon ExoArmor system. This means that the back plate that comes on the card wraps around the top, which is a bit unusual and adds to the visual appeal.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Power Connectors

Along the top edge of the GTX 980 TI AMP! Extreme Edition there are two NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU interconnects and two rear-facing 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Omega

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! comes with a full coverage black back plate, but it sticks out far enough to hit the memory slots on our test system motherboard causing it to not work in the primary PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slot. We had to use the secondary PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slot for testing on our ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard, which isn’t a big deal for us, but might be on some system builds out there. In the middle of the card you can see the POWER BOOST module that is said to reduce ripple noise and minimizes power fluctuation resulting in smother power for higher clock speeds. The back plate also says ‘Push The Limit’ on it for some added flare.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Bottom

The back plate on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition card uses a gigantic heat sink and the VRMs also have heatsinks on them.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Video Outputs

ZOTAC placed three DisplayPort 1.2 headers, one HDMI 2.0 port and a single Dual-Link DVI header on the rear panel of the card when it comes to video outputs. This card is thicker than two slots, so be prepared to give up three slots for this beast!

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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.