Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Preview

GTX 980 G1 Gaming

Gigabyte  GTX 980 G1 Preview

Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming Preview


Today we will have a first look at Gigabyte's GTX 980 G1 gaming GPU, a top of the line Nvidia Maxwell GPU the first GPU from Gigabyte to offer what they call the "G1 Gaming Trifecta".

This Gaming Trifecta is a combination or some of Gigabytes traditional branding as well as something new. Firstly there is "Super OverClock", representing the overclock-ability of Gigabyte G1 GPUs, the second is "Windforce" highlighting Gigabyte's custom cooling designs which modify everything from the fans right down to the fins used in their heatspreaders. To finish off this trio of features Gigabyte have what they call "Flex Display", which we will look into further down in the article.


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Tech Specs

The Gigabyte G1 Gaming is designed to overclock, Super Overclock is one of their main advertised features afterall. Gigabyte place all their GPUs through what they call "GPU Gauntlet Sorting" so that only the strongest GPUs survive to become G1 Gaming GPUs, so we hope to get some impressive overclocks here.

The GPU contains 2048 CUDA cores clocked at a base clock of 1228MHz and a boost clock of 1329MHz, which is over 100MHz higher than the reference model. This GPU has 4GBs of GDDR5 Memory, 1GB more than the reference GTX 780, running on a 256-bit interface clocked at 7000MHz. The extra vram of these Maxwell GPUs will be great for those higher resolution gamers out there as game textures and monitors become increasingly higher res.    


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Flex Display

 Gigabyte's Flex Display technology is an exclusive Gigabyte technology which allows users to have more options when it comes to the Rear IO. Stock GTX 980s have one DVI-D, one HDMI 2.0 and 3 Display ports.

Many of us currently use who currently use two DVI cables (which is the usually standard IO for a high end GPU) for out monitor setups will be saddened by this, but Gigabyte offer us a second DVI-D output but it does come at a cost. The payment for this second DVI-D output is that when used two Displayport outputs are disabled, but users will be unlikely to he using both options


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Up Close

We can see here that long over are the days of Gigabyte Blue, with recent iteration of Gigabyte's High end Lineup featuring All-Black PCBs, shroud and Backplate, meaning that this GPU will easily find a home aesthetically in almost any system.

The cooler itself is comprised of 2 dense heat-stacks connected together by 5 thick heat pipes, all of which air is pushed thought by Gigabyte's 3 Windforce fans. 

On the side of the GPU we see a Gigabyte Windforce lettering which will light up when your system is on. We also see here that this GPU is powered by two 6-Pin power connectors, which are  twisted 180 degrees so users can more easily connect and disconnect their Power inputs. 

Moving to the rear of the GPU we see a nice full cover Backplate, which has the Gigabyte G1 Gaming logo on it, which is written the correct way around this time (+1 Gigabyte).


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With our review sample we noticed that the cooler was not making contact with the memory on the top, display port side of the GPU. This may result in these ram modules overheating during our testing. We have notified Gigabyte about this issue and we are awaiting their official response.


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Hopefully Gigabyte's G1 Gaming can live up to it's branding, claiming excellent cooling, superior overclocking ability and extra display options it has a lot to live up to.

Aside from the issue with out review sample the card looks solid, with a full cover backplate, and Gigabyte's Windforece 600w cooler the Maxwell GTX 780 will hopefully run both cool and quiet, but you will have to wait for our full review to know for certain.

While Gigabyte's Flex Display technology is an interesting addition, it's usefulness seems rather limited as Displayport monitors are becoming very common. Only users who are using an older 3 monitors surround setup with a single GPU will be glad of this feature.

We will have a full review of this GPU soon, but for now you can discuss the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming on the forums.


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Most Recent Comments

18-09-2014, 22:23:01

Already able to purchase these in Australia today both the 980 and 970 and for around the same price as the 780/Ti (so far the ref Gigabyte 980 and the MSI non ref 970)Quote

18-09-2014, 22:23:25

Very nice, I shall bookmark this, Still up watching GAME24

Zombie in work incoming Quote

18-09-2014, 22:28:05

Damn boss you're up early to post these it must be about 4am thereQuote

18-09-2014, 22:58:17

Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
Damn boss you're up early to post these it must be about 4am there
Not been to bed - didnt even get drivers till monday..... Its been another long ass week for us all hereQuote

19-09-2014, 04:00:46

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Not been to bed - didnt even get drivers till monday..... Its been another long ass week for us all here
Mate they been screwing you around lately, missing CPU's and now drivers I hope you get some well deserved rest.Quote

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