MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 27.08.15
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General +  
The GTX 980 Ti Gaming with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory is simply amongst the very fastest cards we've had for testing yet. The new TwinFrozr V cooler, which is capable of deactivating the fans, when the card is in idle does a great job. Apart from that there is a high quality power design, which allows overclocking the GM200 significantly. Looking at performance this card is insanely fast, overclocking itself to a maximum boost clock of a staggering 1380 MHz. Combine that with the 2816 CUDA cores, and you can grasp, that this card is seriously fast. Putting this card through all the different games, we noticed, that it is actually capable of running UHD smoothly. Apparently, when there are high detail settings used in UHD then even this card struggles, but without anti aliasing activated almost any game can be played at 3840 x 2160.
Basically there is only one drawback with this card: it is quite expensive. Already the reference GTX 980 Ti is able to tear a huge hole into your pocket and the GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G from MSI costs about 50 Euro more than the reference card. Considering the already high price of the GTX 980 Ti reference cards and the fact, that this particular model features a great cooler as well as an equally great power design, the extra 50 Euro are the utmoste that can be justified.
  - Cooling
- Design
- Noise level
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
As noted earlier, the TwinFrozr V cooler on this particular card is really powerful. We very much like the fact, that in idle this card is inaudible, since the fans are not spinning at all. Under load the card is still very silent and the cooler maintains a maximum temperature of 73°C, which is a actually a rather low temperature target.   - Inaudible in 2D
- Silent in 3D
Performance   + -

Compared to the reference design, this card features a massive 204 MHz factory overclock regarding the boost clock. Therefore the performance is significantly higher, than what you would be getting from a reference card. On average you can expect this particular card to be about 19 percent faster than the reference GTX 980 Ti. MSI even overclocked the memory chips by 100 MHz.

When it comes to power consumption we see that our system burns 68 Watts in idle and 321 Watts under full load. Overall power consumption is on the level we expected it to be and the high quality power design helps scraping off a few Watts every here and there.

  - Perforamnce
- Factory OC
Recommendation / Price   + -
At the moment we find this card listed in Europe for 718 Euro. At this price point the MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6 GB is anything but cheap, but keeping in mind that this is one of the fastest single GPU cards available today, the price is adequate. As we already mentioned the this custom card costs about 50 Euro more than the cheapest reference model, and keeping in mind, that you get a great cooler as well as a complex custom PCB, the can be justified. Should you be looking for a seriously fast single GPU card and should the price not be a concern, then this is an excellent choice.   - 2160p Gaming
- Silent PC
The MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6 GB receives excellent 5 out of 5 stars.


Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications Page 11 - Thief
Page 2 - The card Page 12 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery Page 13 - Metro Last Light
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 14 - Far Cry 4
Page 5 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 15 - GTA V
Page 6 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 16 - GRID Autosport
Page 7 - Battlefield 4 Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Watch Dogs Page 18 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 9 - Tomb Raider Page 19 - Performance Index & Price
Page 10 - Crysis 3 Page 20 - Conclusion

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