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Gigabyte Expands Xtreme Gaming Series With GTX 970, 980, 980 Ti, Titan X Cards

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 SpeedsBase Nvidia Clock SpeedBoost Nvidia Clock SpeedBase Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Clock SpeedBoost Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Clock Speed
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Xtreme Gaming1050 MHz1178 MHz1190 MHz1342 MHz
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Xtreme Gaming1126 MHz1216 MHz1241 MHz1342 MHz
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WINDFORCE Edition1000 MHz1075 MHz1216 MHz1317 MHz
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WATERFORCE Edition1000 MHz1075 MHz1216 MHz1317 MHz
Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming1000 MHz1075 MHz1165 MHz1266 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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  • JackNaylorPE
    OK, maybe it's past my bedtime but why don't I understand this

    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.

    How did they make a variation of the other 2 guys have exclusive rights ?
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  • turkey3_scratch
    I think the variation will only be sold in Europe for the Titan X perhaps. Anywhere outside of North America.
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  • thundervore
    I find it od that the 980 have higher clocks than the 980Ti version. also why is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WINDFORCE Edition
    version on the graph twice with the same exact specs?
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  • tiagoluz8
    I find it od that the 980 have higher clocks than the 980Ti version. also why is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WINDFORCE Edition
    version on the graph twice with the same exact specs?

    One is WINDFORCE, the other WATERFORCE, read slowly.
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  • Blush
    I was odering new parts this morning but the payment didn't process properly, now that i know theres a new line of gigabyte GPU's on the way i might just hold out a little longer. I hope they announce a release date as soon as possible.
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  • spagalicious
    Really like RGB LEDs on the fans. Looks sharp. Beats out my plain-jane ACX 2.0 cooler.

    Anyone wanna trade, Ti for Ti?
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  • thundervore
    I find it od that the 980 have higher clocks than the 980Ti version. also why is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WINDFORCE Edition
    version on the graph twice with the same exact specs?

    One is WINDFORCE, the other WATERFORCE, read slowly.


    I could have sworn they both said Windforce lol
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  • mapesdhs
    I'm a bit surprised the clocks on the 980 are so low compared to rival factory oc'd models. My EVGA SC ACX 2.0 already has 1266 base, 1367 boost. Surely Gigabyte, with such a large cooler, could have used way higher defaults and still have low noise?
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  • photonboy
    Low base?
    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
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  • mapesdhs
    I guess my point is, with such a huge cooler, why make the base clock so low? Surely that's the whole point of their massive cooler, it means the card can cope with a much higher clock and still be quiet, so I don't get why they'd only set it at 1241. Doesn't exactly imply any special binning if they can't ship it with a decent clock to begin with. And I don't see any link between the speed & problems, by definition someone overclocking the card beyond its limits to the point of failure is responsible for the failure, not Gigabyte.

    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

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