With an overclocked "Big Maxwell" chip, Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Graphics Card is geared towards high resolution gaming at fast frame rates. With its 2816 CUDA cores clocked at 1000 MHz and 6GB of GDDR5 vRAM coupled with a 384-bit interface, the GTX 980 Ti packs quite a processing punch. Using the included GPU utility, this card's base GPU speed can be overclocked up to 1075 MHz. With NVIDIA's GPU Boost technology, that speed can be further boosted to 1114 MHz provided that there is thermal overhead to spare.
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.
Gigabyte's WINDFORCE 3X cooler tames the GTX 980 Ti card's overclocked GPU temperatures with three axial fans which force air through the full-length heatsink, dissipating heat, and lowering the card's internal temperature. Because it recirculates hot air back into the case, this card's cooler is best implemented in tower cases with adequate airflow.