When EVGA announced its GTX 980 Ti K|ngp|n graphics card, we naturally got quite excited, because it really looks to be one beast of a card. To build it, EVGA teamed up with Vince Lucido (aka "K|NGP|N") and set out to build an overclocker's dream of a GTX 980 Ti graphics card. Vince himself has been frolicking around with the card, and he managed to set three new 3DMark world records.
The records are quite straightforward: three levels of Fire Strike tests in 3DMark, run on a single graphics card. On the Standard test, K|ngp|n scored 25,233 points; on Extreme, he hit 13,091 points; and on the Ultra-level test, he scored 6,988.
Vince used an EVGA X99 motherboard paired with an EVGA power supply, along with the EVGA PrecisionX 16 overclocking software and liquid nitrogen to reach frequencies of up to 2098 MHz on the GPU core.
The GTX 980 Ti K|ngp|n edition comes with a custom PCB design, a cherry-picked GPU, and a huge cooler with exposed copper. It also has a cooling plate between the PCB and the heatsink to cool the memory and VRMs, with a backplate on the rear for added protection. The card sips (read: gulps) its power from a grand total of three PCI-Express power connectors -- one six-pin and two eight-pin connectors. An LN2 mode switch enables heating circuitry throughout the card to ensure that no condensation forms on the bulk of the PCB when liquid nitrogen is used.