Zotac GTX980 Ti Arctic Storm Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Zotac GTX980Ti Arctic Storm Review


The nVidia GTX980Ti shocked the world with its performance levels and pricing. No sooner had we all got used to the Titan X as the graphical benchmark, and dreamed of having similar performance affordable to most of us in a year or so, the GTX980Ti appeared with easily as much capability to crunch polygons as the Titan X but without requiring you to wonder which of your children to sell for medical experiments.

With the quality of the GPUs being so consistent it's fallen to manufacturers to seek new ways to entice you to their particular brand. The steak being well catered for it's the sizzle that separates each model.

Zotac have certainly taken this ethos to heart with their Arctic Storm. A card which has a triple fan cooler for those of you on air, yet comes equipped with a factory-fitted waterblock too, should you have a loop just aching for a new graphics card. Is this a case of trying too much, or have Zotac managed to be the master of all their domains?

Technical Specifications

In raw specifications the GTX980Ti Arctic Storm could be mistaken for many similar cards. As is so often the case though the devil is most definitely in the details. Or, as we'll see on the next page, in the big bits too.

GPU: GeForce 980Ti
Core Base Clock: 1026MHz
Core Boost Clock: 1114MHz
Memory Clock: 7010MHz
Memory Size: 6144MB GDDR5
Bus Type: PCI Express 3.0
Memory Bus: 384-bit
CUDA Cores: 2816
DirectX 12: Yes
DVI Port: 1x Dual-Link DVI, 3x DisplayPort & 1x HDMI
DisplayPort: Yes
Power: 1x 6-Pin & 1x 8-Pin
600W PSU Required
250W TDP
Dimensions: L=282mm, W=110mm, H=43mm
Warranty: 5yr

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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2015, 13:31:34

Just watched the rushkit vid, Sent it with a night stick, Hahahahaha had me in tucks Quote

29-06-2015, 15:01:12

Beastly slick looking card and the support pylon (nice addition Zotac) just what does this monster weigh? You can see you start to fold under the immense load. Quote

29-06-2015, 19:14:10

On the GTA V page, the scores are switched for the 2 versions (OC and non-OC).

One question : when on water - does the fans still spin?Quote

29-06-2015, 21:31:44

"Such is the universal belief in singularity of purpose that every single language and culture on earth has an idiom that means "the Jack of all trades and the master of none"." - I just love this sentence .

I'm quite surprised with the results on air, I expected it to fare worse as it wouldn't have the vapour chamber of the reference cooler, but then again it does have 3 stonking fans on it.

The weight, backplate and cost are the negatives to me, mainly the cost. As mentioned in the review you can get a middle of the road card and put a shiny waterblock on it and still save some coin, but I suppose this master of all isn't aimed at the likes of me.

Out of curiosity I wonder what thread size the barbs are, so you could change them for push-fits if you wanted.Quote

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