Gigabyte GTX 980 WindForce OC
Now let’s take a look at the technical specifications of Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 980. It’s overclocked from the factory and, according to the manufacturer, uses a low-leakage GPU able to overclock well at lower power consumption. Indeed, our test sample fared particularly well in the power measurements, demonstrating the Maxwell architecture's potential once manufacturing is refined and there's less variance from chip to chip.
A total of six video outputs (of which four can be active at any given time) are great for multi-monitor configurations. Gigabyte keeps the second DVI connector that didn’t make it onto Nvidia's reference design. And HDMI 2.0 support makes the new card a bit more future-proof.
|The Speeds And Feeds|
|Form Factor||Dual-slot design|
|Length (from Slot Panel to End)||297 mm|
|Height (from Slot to Top)||108 mm|
|Depth 1 (from PCB to Front Cover)||35 mm|
|Depth 2 (from PCB to Back Plate)||5 mm|
|Connectors||1x DVI-I, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort|
|Pros||- GPUs binned for better overclocking and lower power consumption- Total of six video outputs (better connectivity)- Dual-slot design, well-suited for SLI- Lots of cooling headroom|
|Cons||- RPM under full load is too high (BIOS update expected to fix this)|
The 600 W-rated cooler first used on Gigabyte's GeForce GTX Titan Black WindForce OC should be able to handle anything this new card throws at it. After all, it was well-behaved on top of the big GK110 GPU.
Unfortunately, the backplate doesn't help with cooling; its only purpose is stabilizing the PCB.
Air blows up and down, rather than back. That's better than shooting it all toward your hard drives and SSDs, though we'd much rather see a high-end graphics card push its waste heat out of the chassis instead.
Two 8-pin auxiliary power connectors are supposed to provide stable overclocking. The WindForce label lights up in blue.
A total of three DisplayPort connectors, two dual-link DVI connectors, and an HDMI 2.0 connector fill the slot panel almost completely.
I was hoping for more performance but the efficiency is quite nice. They just put pressure on the top end and gave us a price reduction, instead of overall performance gains.
Likely, we're going to see a Maxwell Titan equivalent come in the next year or so as these are a x04 much like Kepler with the 670/80s were and we're still going to be waiting to see what the x10 will be with the Maxwell architecture.
Good stuff here - but you guys were a bit slow on this one. Tom's Hardware is the first site I visit every morning. But with the delay of this article, I've been all over the net this morning on other sites that got their stuff out sooner.
That's some flat out insane price / performance ratio right there!