inno3D iChill GTX980 Review
In a similar way to motherboards, the hardware that underpins any GTX980 is so consistently good that the difference between the various versions is largely reliant upon the extras that a particular manufacturer chooses to add.
inno3D have knocked it out of the park.
We'll start with the one click overclock software. Overclocking any GPU is fairly simple these days thanks to an array of excellent tools, but even then it requires a balance between the voltages and the clockspeeds, and then tons of testing to make sure that it remains stable and within the thermal limits in every scenario. inno3D have circumvented this by utilising a very good application which takes the guesswork, the time sink and the hassle out of overclocking your graphics card. There are three settings, 2%, 5% and 10%. There is no reason at all not to hit the 10% one straight away as the other two are so low as to have negligible benefits just watch your benchmarks score and make sure you get a healthy boost or you will be better off leaving it at stock. If you really demand control then you can switch to the advanced mode which has all the features you'd expect to find from a similar application - ASUS GPU Tweak or MSI Afterburner - but when the easy mode is this good it would be strange to bother.
Of course a fantastic clock speed is pointless if the card is louder than a concert by The Who or hotter than the Sun, so it's great to see the complication iChill cooler having a brilliantly low load temperatures and equally low noise levels. We think the cooler looks fantastic and the extra fan on the side, which might be considered a little gimmicky, actually makes a big difference to the temperatures too. Any time you can get under 60°C under load with an overclock has to be considered a triumph. A huge success. It's hard to overstate our satisfaction.
If you're in the market for a GTX980, and who isn't, then there is very little reason to choose anything but the inno3D iChill GTX980. Whether you want the insanely easy overclocking, manual overclocking, or just the blistering speed the card comes with out of the box, you're guaranteed to be satisfied. We love the looks, we adore the fact we can turn the lights off, and we particularly enjoy the relentlessly high performance. Unquestionably Gold Award winning.
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