Gigabyte GTX980Ti G1 Gaming Review
The Gigabyte GTX980Ti G1 Gaming follows the endless stream of amazing performing Maxwell GPU-shod cards, and has enough up its sleeve to separate itself from the throng.
Obviously with any GTX980Ti you are going to get excellent performance and the G1 Gaming is no different. This is always the easiest bit to sum-up because, in short, it's a GTX980Ti. How bad can it be! The answer, in case anyone is feeling clever, is not bad at all. Out of the box the Gigabyte card comes with a mild overclock but the results generally find it down the lower end of the Maxwell GM200 cards in our graphs. It positively loves an overclock though. The software made overclocking the G1 Gaming a breeze and the results really responded well to the extra horsepower we were able to extract. It was regularly amongst the better performing cards and certainly if you're in the market for a card with obvious rewards for your hard overclocking work then this is the one to have.
The two main other elements to any card are the aesthetics and how the cooler performs.
Starting with the cooler it's fantastic. Wonderful. Capable of keeping the G1 Gaming down in the very low 60°C range even with our meaty overclock in place, and doing so at a low noise level too. Unlike some Windforce cards the cooler matches the PCB size beautifully too. It's a fabulous piece of work and if the performance of the card is a couple of FPS off the truly blisteringly fast options then the cooler easily makes up the ground.
The aesthetics are a big tick in the box for Gigabyte too. By going with a grey and black colour scheme the card is certain to blend into any colour rig you choose to fit it into. The old GTX980 G1 Gaming had a blazing blue light which tended to dominate proceedings but the GTX980Ti G1 Gaming comes equipped with a logo which can be changed to something more befitting your choice of hue. If the card was any colour other than grey and black it might clash, but the neutral colours allow it to fit everywhere.
If you look at the G1.Gaming solely as something with the highest raw performance then it might be a tiny bit disappointing, but the combination of totally silent running at idle, quiet and cool running even under extreme loadings, easy overclocking and the ability to have the logo light whichever colour takes your fancy coupled with its monochrome styling means you can actually use this feature to the full without having a mismatched system makes it something you should seriously consider, and a worthy winner of our OC3D Gold Award.