NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Video Card GPU Review

Now that we have had some solid gaming time with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, we will be putting it up against the GTX 980 and TITAN X video cards, in the full HardOCP GPU review format. We are including new games, The Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto V. We also look at VRAM utilization and power and temperature levels.


Back on June 1st NVIDIA announced and released another variant of the GeForce GTX 980 series. This new variant is the GeForce GTX 980 Ti with an MSRP of $649. Throughout NVIDIA's history the "Ti" moniker has always denoted an extended performance model of an already existing GPU. The 980 Ti model not only does that but also ups the reference VRAM footprint from 4GB to 6GB.

With literally no time to spare, we immediately got to work on a 980 Ti performance preview for you. With only three days we had to restrict the initial launch evaluation to a short preview. We were very excited to show you the performance though, we wanted to bring that information to you as quickly as possible and then take our time to do a proper full-evaluation. It is apparent to us that NVIDIA is more interested in getting turn and burn, cookie cutter reviews, done with canned benchmarks out to GPU enthusiasts rather than reviews that get below the heatsink out to the consumer on launch day, but that is cannon fodder for is another editorial.

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Now that we have spent two weeks with the video card we have a great understanding of its performance in games at both 1440p and 4K. In this evaluation today we are going to show you the highest playable settings at both 1440p and 4K as well as apples-to-apples performance. We also took VRAM utilization measurements in each game, at both resolutions to show you if the 6GB of VRAM on the GTX 980 Ti is helpful for gaming.

In addition we are using a couple of new games finally making debuts in our game testing suite and those will be standard from here on out. We are going to include The Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto V in our suite along with Dying Light, Far Cry 4 and the tried and true Battlefield 4 Multiplayer.

Please read our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Video Card Preview to learn about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and what makes it tick.

In summary this video card shares specifications closer to the TITAN X than it does the GTX 980. It has 2816 CUDA Cores while TITAN X has 3072 and GTX 980 has 2048. The GTX 980 Ti also shares the TITAN X GPU's 96 ROP units. The 980 Ti clock speed and the memory speed are exactly the same as the TITAN X. This 980 Ti video card has half the VRAM as the 12GB GTX TITAN X. The 980 Ti TDP is the same as the TITAN X. The appealing part is that the MSRP of the 980 Ti is $649 while the TITAN X MSRP is $999 but do not expect to find any for sale at that price.

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