Review: Knocks of the socks off the GTX Titan X
A brand new Phoenix cooler provides a great thermal solution for the GTX 980 Ti. Even factory overclocked, the Golden Sample card we reviewed stays quiet all the time.
Gainward GTX 980 Ti Phoenix Golden Sample (GS) card used in this review comes with a hefty factory overclock which sets the base GPU clock to 1152MHz.
The Reference base GPU clock is 1000MHz. The Boost clock is 1241MHz compared to the 1074MHz reference. Higher clocks are translated directly into higher performance making this card perfect for users who want highest performance right out of the box. The Phoenix cooler does a great job keeping everything under control.
The 980 Ti Phoenix is priced at $700. This is relatively high price but still it is considerably cheaper than the GTX Titan X ($1000). And the 980 Ti Phoenix outperforms Titan X in most scenarios, especially in games.
For those who came in late, the GTX 980 Ti is based on a version of the 28nm GM200 GPU, seen earlier on the GTX Titan X graphics card. The GPU packs 22 enabled SMM units for a total of 2816 CUDA cores and 176 texture units (TMUs).
The CUDA core number was cut from 3072 and the amount of memory was slashed to 6GB. However the number of ROPs, amount of L3 cache and the memory interface is the same as the Titan X.
The Geforce GTX 980 Ti packs 96 ROPs, 3MB of L3 cache and 6GB of memory paired with a 384-bit memory interface. The new Geforce GTX 980 Ti has the same 250W TDP and needs 8+6-pin PCI-Express power connectors.
Gainward did not overclocked the memory which is left at a default 7GHz (effectively GDDR5), but as you will see you can overclock the memory and GPU even further.