KFA2 GTX980 HOF Hall Of Fame Edition Review
We said at the start how much balls it took from KFA2 to name their card the "Hall Of Fame", and plastering it on the side of the card - lit up for all to see - only indicated how much confidence they had in their product.
Having spent a lot of time with it we can say that their belief in the excellence of the KFA2 GTX980 HOF was well placed. This thing is ridiculously good. It comes out of the box with a barely believable 1400MHz GPU clock speed and easily will romp past 1500MHz. Those speeds are backed up in the results too with the HOF finding itself at the summit of our single GPU graphs more often than not. Barring Crysis 3 and Unigine Heaven it was actually only ever topped by multi-GPU setups.
With performance to burn the looks are less important - after all we don't care if it's a complete munter as long as it goes like a bat out of hell - but the HOF even has those down pat. The card is gorgeous, combining a triple fan cooler with lots of eye-catching angles and puts that on a white PCB with white plastic parts. It ticks all the boxes in every area except one. Why would KFA2 go to the trouble of using a diamond-white PCB if they're then going to cover the back up with a silver backplate? It makes no sense to us. Use a white backplate at least. It's the fly in an otherwise tasty soup. Heck even the lighting is a subtle white glow rather than a searing searchlight or, even worse, something that changes according to loading.
So it's blisteringly fast and looks the business. It's cool too with the card well under 70°C even overclocked and stressed to hell. It's worth noting that, unlike many other nVidia cards, the KFA2 HOF cooler doesn't ever go passive. We're sure this is more to stop the endless idiots from RMA'ing them because a fan doesn't spin than because the card needs a little airflow at all times. If you want a lot of airflow there is a button round the back you can press which gives you 100% fans instantly, no mucking about with BIOS or reboots here.
There is nothing that the KFA2 GTX980 Hall of Fame Edition does that wouldn't leave you completely satisfied. We love it, and we're certain you will too. An amazing card that thoroughly deserves our OC3D Gold Award.
Phew. We went the whole review without mentioning David Hasslehoff...
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