With a slightly altered "Big Maxwell" chip, EVGA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked Graphics Card is geared towards high resolution gaming at fast frame rates. With its 2816 CUDA cores overclocked to 1102 MHz and 6GB of GDDR5 vRAM coupled with a 384-bit interface, the GTX 980 Ti packs quite a processing punch. While the card operates under its thermal limits NVIDIA's GPU Boost can increase the clock speed up to 1190 MHz for smoother gameplay.
The GTX 980 Ti's CUDA cores are arranged using NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, allowing the GPU to operate using less power while generating less heat than the previous generation Kepler architecture. Operating at full tilt during intense gaming sequences, the card will only draw a maximum of 250 watts of power.
The front panel of the card features a variety of outputs. There are three DisplayPort outputs in addition to an HDMI output and a DVI output. 4K resolution can be output through the DisplayPort and HDMI terminals. Even if the card is connected to a lower resolution display, the GTX 980 Ti can use technologies like DSR and MFAA to leverage the extra resolution for a higher quality image. The GTX 980 Ti is not just about high-resolution gaming. Computationally intensive programs can utilize the GPU's 2816 cores to accelerate tasks using CUDA or other APIs.
EVGA's ACX 2.0+ Cooler quietly keeps the card's operating temperature in check. The fans are driven by low-power motors and feature swept blades and double ball bearings to increase efficiency. The ACX 2.0+ improves over the ACX 2.0 by incorporating a MOSFET Cooling Plate and Straight Heat Pipes to more efficiently cool the card. This type of cooler is most useful in medium to large towers where airflow inside the case is not a concern.
Note: The benefits of SLI will vary based on component configuration.