Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 WindForce OC Review

Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8:00am

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 WindForce OC

 

Introduction

Gigabyte was founded in 1986, establishing a position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, they have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones.

7 months ago Nvidia released its latest GPU architecture with the line of GTX 900 series cards. On paper, the new GTX 980 is a bit different from the GTX 780 it replaces. The raster operations pipelines count has been increased from 48 to 64. The texture mapping units have been decreased from 192 to 128. The new card features 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM on a 256 bit bus versus the 3GB. The new CUDA core count is now 2048 versus 2304. Perhaps the biggest news is the reduction on power requirements. The new GTX 980 uses only about 65% of the power of its predecessor.

Powered by the Maxwell architecture, these graphics cards deliver incredible performance, excellent power efficiency, and wide range of new features. Nvidia added support for the new HDMI 2.0 standard, allowing for full 4K support at 60 Hz.They also added the ability to dynamically render indirect light using the new VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) technology. Another new feature is DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution), which uses an advanced filter to scale down the image to fit the monitor’s default resolution. 

Gigabyte’s take on the Geforce GTX 980 Windforce OC

WINDFORCE 3X cooling system

WINDFORCE 3X cooling system is equipped with high performance pure cooper heat-pipes which direct touch the GPU can strengthen the speed of heat dissipation. Besides, the air flow is effectively enhanced by the unique blade fan design, this not only increase the cooling capacity while reducing air turbulence but also results a lower noise level.

Flex Display technology

GIGABYTE Flex display technology(patent-pending) can automatically detect any connected monitors and achieve multi-display gaming up to 4 monitors at the same time by using various output groups. Users could enjoy the best gaming experience in ultra HD resolution with extended flexibility in arranging monitor configurations and making future system upgrade extremely easy.

Ultra Durable VGA™

Lower GPU Temperature

Ultra Durable VGA board provides dramatic cooling effect on lowering both GPU and memory temperature by doubling the copper inner layer of PCB.

Better Overclocking Capability

Ultra Durable VGA board reduces voltage ripples in normal and transient state, thus effectively lowers noises and ensures higher overclocking capability.

Decrease Power Switching Loss

Ultra Durable VGA board allows more bandwidth for electron passage and reduces circuit impedance. The less circuit impedance, the more stable flow of current and can effectively improve power efficiency.

 

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