• SPECIFICATIONS
  • GPU: NVIDIA 980Ti
  • Memory: 6GB GDDR5
  • Ports: 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x DIV
  • Slot Size: Double
  • Pros:
  • Great graphics performance
  • G-Sync and VR ready
  • Cons:
  • Heavy and bulky card
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark
  • Ice Storm: 14,397 points
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 7,937 points
  • Ice Storm Unlimited: 4,450 points

Ti for You?

If you see the CPU as the brains of the PC, and the motherboard as the nervous system – the graphics card is definitely the visual cortex of your computer. This piece of hardware takes in the information from your CPU and RAM, turns the running processes into images that you can interpret on screen. ASUS is a leader in creating graphics card that appeals to gamers alike – and their new STRIX GTX 980Ti definitely ticks the right boxes in our opinion.

Using NVIDIA’s latest GPU – this STRIX card is one of the biggest we have seen, thanks to its DirectCU III cooling system. It combines both heatsink pipes cooling as well as fan cooling. This translates to upwards of 30% better cooling properties, which in turn gives better performance during load.

ASUS uses its patented AUTO-EXTREME automation technology to ensure that the components are soldered onto the board perfectly

ASUS uses its patented AUTO-EXTREME automation technology to ensure that the components are soldered onto the board perfectly

You get a good selection of connectivity with the card – including three DisplayPorts, HDMI as well as DVI. The card supports G-Sync, when used with monitors that includes G-Sync functionality. It is also 3D ready, thanks to NVIDIA GameWorks VR. Rounding up the specs table is 6GB of GDDR5 video memory.

Like all STRIX cards, the STRIX GTX 980Ti features the company’s STRIX air cooler, which will only run depending on the current temperature of the GPU. This means that you get a quitter machine at idle, and even when at full load, the running fan is barely legible outside of the CPU tower.

The new Direct CUIII Triple Wing-Blade design does not spin until the GPU reaches a specific temperature, keeping your PC quiet for as long as possible

The new Direct CUIII Triple Wing-Blade design does not spin until the GPU reaches a specific temperature, keeping your PC quiet for as long as possible

Running games with the card is a dream. Thanks to the aforementioned 6GB of GDDR5 RAM, just about any game on the market can be played at full resolution, tweaked to the highest settings as possible. Games that is optimized for NVIDIA such as Witcher 3 looks gorgeous, especially with all the bells and whistles turned on in the game settings. Plus, the card is the current benchmark for 4K gaming, with high to ultra-high resolution gaming scenarios a reality.

This card runs a bit better than the stock GTX 980Ti that was in our labs a few months ago – in terms of clock speed and cooling. Thus, it is a must own for anyone who wants to get the best gaming experience at this point of time.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ultimate gaming card has graced our test lab, and it has left an impression – mainly a big grin on our faces.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti