Based on Nvidia's GM200 Maxwell GPU with 2816 CUDA cores, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPs, the new ASUS 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti also comes with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, paired up with a 384-bit memory interface and is made with Asus' new Auto-Extreme technology. This new technology is basically an automated manufacturing process that eliminates human intervention and thus both improves the quality and reliability of any produced graphics card.
Thanks to the Auto-Extreme technology, Asus managed to push the new 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti to an impressive 1,266MHz GPU base and 1,367MHz GPU Boost clock, making it the fastest GTX 980 Ti on the market, according to Asus at least.
Asus even compared it to the ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti which was clocked at 1,216MHz base and 1,317MHz GPU Boost clocks, suggesting that the 20th Anniversary Gold Edition is certainly impressive, considering that ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti already pushed the clocks to the limit.
In addition to a high factory-overclock, the new Asus 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti also comes with some Asus exclusive features like the Memory Defroster for LN2 overclocking, color-coded Load Indicator for GPU load level and Safe Mode for VBIOS reload.
The new Asus 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti is equipped with Asus' DirectCU II cooler with 0dB fan technology which keeps the fans disabled under low load. The DirectCU II cooler should keep the new graphics card up to 30 percent cooler and three times quieter compared to the reference GTX 980 Ti under intensive gaming.
Unfortunately, Asus did not reveal any details on the price or the availability date for the new 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti graphics card.