- GPU: NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti
- Memory: 6GB GDDR
- Ports: HDMI 2.0 x1, DVI-I x1, DisplayPort 1.2 x3
- Slot Size: Double
- Dimensions: 269 x 140 x 40
- Weight: 1068g
- Benchmark Results
- Fire Strike: 14,227 points
- Fire Strike Extreme: 7,427 points
- Fire Strike Ultra: 3,981 points
Come At Me, Bro
This would be our first third party NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti review after we got to play around a bit with the reference card last month. How will MSI improve the already powerfully impressive GTX 980 Ti? What sort of performance levels can we expect to see in this card? Read on to know more about MSI’s own GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G.
MSI has installed its own brand new Twin Frozr V cooler onto the GTX 980 Ti, and what this brings the new flagship NVIDIA card is a cooler and quieter operating temperature, better performance levels, and even great overclocking options depending on what you’re running the card for.
The Twin Frozr V cooler features two brand new Torx fans which maximises downward airflow and air dispersion to the heatsinks which are located underneath them. On top of that, the SuperSU Pipe uses a nickle-plated base to absorb the heat away from the GPU, transferring them to 8mm heatpipes which are then cooled down by the air blown towards them via the Torx fans.
The GTX 980 Ti comes clocked similar to the reference card, but what’s different here is that the card now has several overclocking presets that allows you to push the card’s performance even higher, depending on what you need them to do. This includes the Silent Mode at the lowest level, Gaming Mode, which overclocks the card’s base clock to 1,140Hz and OC Mode, which pushes it even further to 1,178Hz.
On each mode, you can also boost the clock higher into 1,200Hz territory if you so desire. A popular feature for many graphics card manufacturers these days is the 0dB fanless mode, and MSI has it on the GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G as well. Typically the fan will turn only when it’s being taxed with tasks such as benchmarking and gaming, and even then, the card is relatively silent even when running at full speed.
Testing games such as The Witcher 3, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, there isn’t a game that the card can’t run at the highest settings at 1080p. In some cases, even at 1440p, the card is still able to keep a high level of framerate that makes it run beautifully with relatively little issues.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G is a powerful card that has quite likely fixed a bit of the 980 Ti’s niggling issues such as noise and cooling. Gaming enthusiasts who are looking for an upgrade to their monster gaming rig won’t go wrong with MSI’s offering.
(previously published in issue August 2015)