Page 1:Introducing GM204: There's A New Maxwell In Town
Page 2:New Features
Page 3:Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference Card
Page 4:Gigabyte GTX 980 WindForce OC
Page 5:Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce OC
Page 6:EVGA GTX 970 Superclock ACX 2.0
Page 7:Test System And Benchmarks
Page 8:Results: Battlefield 4 And Thief
Page 9:Results: Arma 3 And Grid Autosport
Page 10:Results: Assassin's Creed IV, Watchdogs, Far Cry 3
Page 11:A New Power Consumption Test Setup
Page 12:Power Consumption In Detail
Page 13:Power Consumption Overview
Page 15:Temperatures And Noise
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference Card
At this point, let's examine Nvidia's reference design for the GeForce GTX 980. It's dressed a slight variation of the same classy outfit that the company debuted in the GeForce GTX 690. This isn't a particularly large card but it does have significant weight to it, some of which is attributable to the metal backplate.
|The Speeds And Feeds|
|Form Factor||Dual-slot design|
|Length (from Slot Panel to End)||268 mm (10.5")|
|Height (from Slot to Top)||111 mm (4 3/8")|
|Depth 1 (from PCB to Front Cover)||36 mm (1 5/16")|
|Depth 2 (from PCB to Back Plate)||3 mm (1/8")|
|Connectors||1x DL-DVI-I, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort|
The 65mm radial fan is the same model used on the original GeForce Titan. Indeed, the design of the GeForce GTX 980 is almost indistinguishable from the titan at a casual glance (until you see the model number emblazoned on the side, anyway). The main visual difference is that the cooling fins behind the transparent cover are painted black.
The back plate has a nifty little door that can be removed if the user wishes to improve cooling when placed beside another card in SLI. As a point of interest, the Titan does not have a back plate.
Note the two 6-pin PCIe power connectors: it's odd to see so few pins on a high-end card. The GeForce GTX name glows in green when the card is in operation, of course.
Output options consist of three DisplayPort 1.2 ports, a dual-link DVI port, and a single HDMI port. This is the first graphics card with an HDMI 2.0 plug by the way, which allows for 4K video at 60 Hz. With the previous HDMI standard, two ports need to work in tandem to handle the bandwidth required by a 4K 60 Hz display.
- Introducing GM204: There's A New Maxwell In Town
- New Features
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference Card
- Gigabyte GTX 980 WindForce OC
- Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce OC
- EVGA GTX 970 Superclock ACX 2.0
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Battlefield 4 And Thief
- Results: Arma 3 And Grid Autosport
- Results: Assassin's Creed IV, Watchdogs, Far Cry 3
- A New Power Consumption Test Setup
- Power Consumption In Detail
- Power Consumption Overview
- Temperatures And Noise