Featuring a factory overclocked GPU core and upgraded DirectCU III Cooler, the ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card is geared towards high resolution gaming at fast frame rates. With its 2816 CUDA cores clocked at 1190 MHz and 6GB of GDDR5 vRAM coupled with a 384-bit interface, the GTX 980 Ti packs quite a processing punch. The effective memory clock is also overclocked up to 7200 MHz. The 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 375 watts of power.
The Strix GPU features two modes, Gaming and OC. Gaming mode is selected by default, allowing for a base clock of 1190 MHz and a boost clock of 1291 MHz. If you want to push your card further, you can switch to OC mode where the base clock is 1216 MHz and the boost clock reaches 1317 MHz.
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.
For cooling, ASUS implemented their DirectCU III Cooler. It features Triple Wing-Blade fan design and two 10mm direct-GPU contact heat-pipes, which transports heat away from the GPU. 0 dB technology allows for the card to be completely silent when the GPU remains at a set temperature. 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.