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    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Unleashing fury at 4K.
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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    The 4K figures, while impressive and headline-grabbing, really aren't the most exciting bit about this article, for me at least. That accolade goes to the superb 1440p performance in most games, where you could genuinely run near to 120 or 144Hz. Coupled with a GSync monitor, even 4K looks like it could be excellent, but really until you're up over the 80-90fps range, fast paced shooters just aren't as good. The thought of running at 120fps on 1440p with some of the less obtuse eye-candy on is appetising, to say the least.

    Thanks for the review!

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Great review, I'm very interested in purchasing it - it is a toss up between this and the EVGA 980Ti Hybrid...I'm leaning towards this tbh, would like to see a comparison between the two.

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Why can't the memory be overclocked, is this just locked by Gigabyte or have they overclocked the memory to it's maximum for air-cooling.

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyruz View Post
    Why can't the memory be overclocked, is this just locked by Gigabyte or have they overclocked the memory to it's maximum for air-cooling.
    You can overclock the memory. They said it in the article, and overclocked from 7015MHz to 8012MHz in the Overclocking section of the review.
    What the "No overclocking on memory" in the "Bad" section on the last page means is that the memory hasn't been overclocked by Gigabyte. It runs on stock frequency out of the box but you can overclock it by yourself.

    Hexus could perhaps rephrase that remark so that it doesn't cause confusion. "Stock memory clock" could be a better way to say it.

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    I've changed it to 'stock-clocked memory' (thanks, Kepe) in the final section to avoid misconstruing what's written.

    Some rival manufacturers add a minor memory overclock (7.1GHz, 7.2GHz - MSI, Zotac) that does help a little with performance at 2,560x1,440 and 4K. Gigabyte should really do the same on its top-of-the-line card.
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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Very interested although looking more toward MSI 6G version instead due to lack of availability of Gigabytes version.

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    I'm really thinking of this or the EVGA SC ACX as the card to go for at the moment. The G1 seems to be just that bit quicker, but wondering if the noise will be an issue - I'm currently running crossfire 7970s so surely its to be less noisy as that pair.

    Also, on pg13 it says "...Are there faster GTX 980 Tis out there? Yes". Sorry for being thick, but does this mean in the context of better overclocking ones Ti's? As it appears to be the quickest out-of-the-box variant.

    I'm pretty certain this will be an upgrade to my crossfire setup, and maybe now is a good time to get something...

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Quote Originally Posted by jonathan_phang View Post
    I'm really thinking of this or the EVGA SC ACX as the card to go for at the moment. The G1 seems to be just that bit quicker, but wondering if the noise will be an issue - I'm currently running crossfire 7970s so surely its to be less noisy as that pair.

    Also, on pg13 it says "...Are there faster GTX 980 Tis out there? Yes". Sorry for being thick, but does this mean in the context of better overclocking ones Ti's? As it appears to be the quickest out-of-the-box variant.

    I'm pretty certain this will be an upgrade to my crossfire setup, and maybe now is a good time to get something...
    There are faster out-of-the-box GTX 980 Tis out there. Zotac does one that ships with 1,253/1,353MHz core and boost frequencies, respectively, and MSI has one that runs at 1,196/1,296MHz boost and overclocked memory.

    Whether either card will run at a real-world boost speed higher than the Gigabyte is unknown, but one would presume so. We've tested neither so far.

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Thanks for the clarification Tarinder. My mindset is still stuck in the good old days where you just had core and memory frequencies so just need to get familiar with what boost clocks etc are.

    The EVGA one appears to be a tad slower but does seem to run quieter. I guess either card will be a stellar performer.

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Unfortunately the coil whine comments make this a none starter for me - wouldn't like to leave that kind of thing to chance...

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    That coil whine worries me. I can't stand it and would hate it if my ordered gigabyte has it. There is probably no way of alleviating it in this day and age. Have other custom cards the same problem? Or does coil whine appear with some brands more often than others? Anyone know or have an opinion?

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Have Gigabyte actually improved anything with the custom PCB apart from the addition of a 8-Pin connector instead of the reference 6-Pin? I don't see any mention of improved VRMs like the Strix has for example.

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    Doesn't seem that far ahead of Fury X really? Maybe in a couple of games that probably don't use a whole lot of bandwidth even at 4K.

    18.5% at 4K (14% without Total War and Grid). Pretty big lead overall but assuming some drivers mature and an OC'd Fury it's not an unsurmountable gap by far. Given what I've read elsewhere I was under the impression the G1 was the second coming or something...

    It actually loses a bit of performance at 1440p also, "only" 18% ahead?
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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    An OC'd fury would have to get a 30% boost in performance to match an OC'd G1, that's a pretty big gap. A 14% improvement just from drivers is pretty much impossible - AMD only improved performance by 4% through drivers last year, there'd have to be some massive crippling flaws in their current drivers for that to be possible

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    Re: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming 6GB

    I'm pretty sure they improved drivers by a lot more than 4% last year. How can such a thing be measured anyway? It can only be taken on a game by game basis.

    Looking at S|A results it beats the 290X by 80% in some games and 20% in others.



    There is something up with the drivers without any doubt. It doesn't need to beat the 980 Ti anyway, just get within 10% - silent and cool running beats 10% faster and hot/coil whine any day of the week tbh.

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