In September, Gigabyte launched a new GPU series -- the Xtreme Gaming lineup -- starting with an overclocked version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 950 card. Now it's adding five more cards to the set including the GTX 970, 980, 980 Ti, and even the Titan X.
Just like the 950, these new cards already have a significant overclock speed right out of the box, blowing Nvidia's factory specs right out of the water. Even then, there's room to overclock a little more if you need the additional power.
|Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Clock Speeds||Base Nvidia Clock Speed||Boost Nvidia Clock Speed||Base Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Clock Speed||Boost Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Clock Speed|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Xtreme Gaming||1050 MHz||1178 MHz||1190 MHz||1342 MHz|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Xtreme Gaming||1126 MHz||1216 MHz||1241 MHz||1342 MHz|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WINDFORCE Edition||1000 MHz||1075 MHz||1216 MHz||1317 MHz|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WATERFORCE Edition||1000 MHz||1075 MHz||1216 MHz||1317 MHz|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming||1000 MHz||1075 MHz||1165 MHz||1266 MHz|
On the cooling end, four of the five cards feature Windforce 3X cooling in addition to the 3D-Active Fan system, which stops the fans spinning during light gaming sessions or when the system is idle. As an added bonus for the Titan X and 980 Ti variants, the middle fan spins in reverse, which the company said helps to dissipate heat. LED indicators are also included to give users a quick heads-up on the fan's status, however they're only included in the 970, 980, and 980 Ti models.
There's also another version of the 980 Ti featuring an all-in-one, closed-loop water-cooled solution. Not only does it cool the main GPU, but also the VRAM and MOSFET.
RGB LED lighting is also available on the card, adding another layer of personal customization, with the exception of the Titan X card, which only has one LED color. Rounding it out, all five products have a protective PCB coating in addition to a metal back plate.
Obviously, these overclocked cards will put a big dent in your finances. The GTX 970 Xtreme Gaming costs $379.99; the GTX 980 Xtreme Gaming is $529.99; the GTX 980 Ti Windforce Edition costs $699.99; and the GTX 980 Ti Waterforce Edition is $719.99. Gigabyte didn't provide an MSRP for the GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming card. The company said Asus and EVGA have exclusive rights to variations of the GTX Titan X cards in North America.
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How did they make a variation of the other 2 guys have exclusive rights ?
version on the graph twice with the same exact specs?
One is WINDFORCE, the other WATERFORCE, read slowly.
Anyone wanna trade, Ti for Ti?
I could have sworn they both said Windforce lol
To attempt to answer that, I'll just guess that keeping the SHIPPED speed lower than it could be on further overclock decreases the number of people who have problems. Less quality issues, less returns and complaints about Gigabyte.
Obviously you can overclock, so deciding what frequencies to ship at is a game of binning, reliability, sales volume etc
The implication of the branding is that these cards are special for overclocking, in which case they should at least come with a base that's better than standard factory oc'd cards from other vendors. It's slower than the EVGA which has one less fan. :D