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Pros: *Superb viewing angles
*Colors are vibrant and really pops out
*Looks really good playing colorful games
*No visible stuck/bright/dead pixels
Cons: *Back light bleed in all four corners
*Yellowish/Orange tint on upper and lower right side of the screen
*Flimsy bezel construction at the upper left and right corners of the monitor that further contributes to back light bleeding
*Super irritating/annoying when playing games with dark/black backgrounds because of the black light bleed. (I'm not talking about IPS glow..)
Other Thoughts: I really want to keep this monitor but the back light bleeding on all four corners and yellowish/orange tinting on the upper right and lower right corners are simply just not acceptable in dark/black backgrounds during game play.. especially at this price range. The upper right and left bezel also seems flimsy and moves (it pushes back and forth to the inside) which further causes the back light bleeding. I've seen same models that has a lot better panel/build than this one reviewed online like the ones cherry-picked for LinusTechTips & TFT Central. I've seen from the reviews online how good this monitor can be when done right.... I'm not accepting anything less.
My Asus PG278Q TN Panel has a lot better build construction compared to this one and that one has no back light bleeding at all or any dead/bright/stuck pixels. And before that, I even own the Asus PB279Q which is a PLS 1440p monitor but no G-sync and only 60Hz but that one is perfect too.
Anyway, I have RMA'ed mine and will wait for a replacement. I'm following a lot of different forums/threads on this. Will update my review when I get the next one.
Pros: Reading my own review again, I noticed that I forgot to put the actual temps that I experienced using this GPU. My bad! I was too excited and happy that I unintentionally skipped it. LOL! Anyways, my idle temp on the 980Ti is around 32°C-35°C with an ambient temp of 78°F-80°F in the room. Benchmarking on 3DMark 2013, my temps doesn't even reach 50°C. Temps were only between 40°C-45°C but this is because of the short pauses between the benchmark transitions. I have to really try hard to get my temps up! The highest temp I've gotten using this GPU is 60°C. It hasn't past that mark yet even after all the benchmarking and playing Witcher 3 for hours! Most of the time when playing games that can push this card, temps sits between 50°C-57°C. If you are going to play indie games or those that doesn't really use all that GPU power, temps will be between 40°C-50°C. That is insane! In fact, I felt the difference right away when I switched to the 980Ti Hybrid from 680 Classifieds in SLI. My room didn't warm up like before and my PC case temp has gotten lower too. Only downside is I can't use my PC rig anymore as a heater when it gets cold.. lol.
The specs on this GPU says that it has a default core clock of 1140MHz and boost clock of 1228Mhz. That's what it also says in GPU-Z. But this card runs so cool that out of the box without OC'ing, mine boosts to 1354Mhz! Man... with this card, throttling 'coz of high temps is a thing of the past! It's such a refreshing feeling to OC this GPU not worrying about the temps. I mostly just have to focus on increasing the core clock and adjusting the voltages!
Cons: Attention fellow PC enthusiasts! You may be one of the many victims of the dreaded TDR (Timeout Detection and Recovery) errors using NVIDIA driver 353.06! I know I was! What happens is you get the following errors:
"nvlddmkm has stopped responding and successfully recovered"
"Display Driver stopped responding and has recovered"
You can get this error during usual gameplay, benchmarking, or even by just being on the desktop or browsing websites! Upon further reading, it seems Google Chrome's 'hardware acceleration' option is one of the culprits. Other says its the 'NVIDIA HD Audio' driver is the cause. In my case it was using 'MSI Afterburner' or 'EVGA's Precision X'. I noticed this anomaly during benchmarking when I continually keep crashing even when I didn't have the GPU OC'ed! I was able to recreate this error easily by running 3DMark 2013 from Performance to Extreme and then to Ultra settings back to back. And I knew there was something really wrong when I wasn't even benchmarking and I've gotten this error while I was just browsing the web. A quick search on Google showed I wasn't alone in this.
Anyway what I did is I uninstalled all the other NVIDIA Drivers: (NVIDA 3D Vision, Surround, HD Audio) and just kept the Display Driver, PhysX, and GeForce Experience ('coz I have an NVIDIA Shield and I use Shadowplay). I also stopped using MSI Afterburner and EVGA Precision X for now. Doing these seems to have fixed the issue for me. No more crashes! I know its disappointing I can't play with my card OC'ed but display drivers for the 980Ti is limited right now so I can't like roll back. Urgh! I'm using the hotfix driver NVIDIA released (353.12) that addresses the G-sync windowed mode issue. This driver is not available on auto-update even when searching for beta drivers is enabled. You have to manually download it from NVIDIA's GeForce forum. Just google it. I'm still getting decent fps on all the games I play so I don't feel too bad not being able to run my card OC'ed. I just have to wait for NVIDIA to release a driver that fixes this issue. Hopefully.
If you want to learn more about this, just google "TDR 353.06" and see the many threads spawned 'coz if it.
Other Thoughts: At stock settings, my 980Ti Hybrid GPU Score is 18,500+ on 3DMark 2013 Performance Mode. That's pretty good! Considering a stock Titan X scores "only" around 17,000! So out of the box, you are already getting Titan X performance! Notice that I said "GPU Score" and not "3DMark 2013" overall score. I say this 'coz the GPU score is really what matters. The overall score deviates too much depending on what CPU you use so I don't like using it unless I'm comparing two or more similar setups using the same CPU or I was just curious. :P
On a different note, CDProject Red has released a few updates that greatly optimized Witcher 3 for the PC. With no OC'ing and using the GeForce Experience recommended settings, I'm getting 70-100+fps ingame. Before I was only getting 60-80+fps. Hairworks is still off. The game looks really good and plays so smooth! I also have NVIDIA Shadowplay enabled btw. Before, I used to take a significant performance hit when using Shadowplay but I don't see that now. This may also be because SLI setups get about 20% performance hit versus single card setups.
Lastly, that guy that wasn't even a "Verified Owner" saying this 980Ti model is loud is not true. Both me and JayzTwoCents have similar experience in regards of how quiet this card is. When you first install it, you may hear the water moving (sounds like an aquarium) but that goes away over time after a while. So either that guy that posted that review before is trolling and just want to have less competition for getting this card or the one he got is defective. Glad his post was deleted.
As far as looks, this card is a lot smaller than my 680 Classifieds. I think the reference cards have a nicer looking case shroud with that metal silver appearance. Also this 980Ti Hybrid doesn't have that "GeForce" logo that lights up above when you have it installed. But if you are considering buying this card, you are buying this for the great temps and OC it can provide.. and in that department, it doesn't disappoint!
Just reading GamerNexus review on this 980Ti Hybrid. He was able to OC his up to 1514Mhz stable. Nice! Mine is still a 'lil higher 1539Mhz :P
I wish NVIDIA/EVGA sends me another one for a dual SLI review.. haha! I can wish can't I?! XD
Ok, I hope I have addressed all I want to say on this follow up review and this helps in making your decision.
Keep on gaming! :D
Pros: +Excellent idle and load temps! ACX 2.0+ cooler doesn't even compare!
+No coil whines
+Overclocks like a champ!
+Has a sexy back plate!
+Well packaged with soft foams. Very secure packaging!
+Finally can run Witcher 3 with combination of high/ultra settings at very decent fps! Still hairworlks off though.
+Titan X performance without burning a hole in your wallet!
Cons: -Still expensive
-Others might not have space to mount the radiator especially if planning to get two or more for SLI
-Still only a reference card with an all-in-one water cooler. I wish they have Classified or Kingpin version of this that uses this cooler.
-You will definitely need two or more of these to run games at max settings at 4k resolution or to run Witcher 3 with max everything including hairworks at a decent framerate with no dips lower than 60fps.
Other Thoughts: Seriously, I don't think I can go back to only blower fan solutions on other GPUs. I don't care if it has 2, 3, or more fans... I was blown away how low the temps are on this card. Benchmarking on 3DMark 2013... with +160 core clock and +340 on memory, I was able to achieve 1300Mhz on Core clock with a dynamic boost up to 1539Mhz! I guess I have a better one than JayzTwoCents with his 1484Mhz OC on his hybrid edition.. haha! And let me tell you, with that much OC, it definitely scores way above a Titan X on stock clocks. My "GPU Score" on 3Dmark 2013 is 20,658! In comparison, a stock Titan X scores around 17470! Of course if you OC the Titan X it will most likely score higher but not by much at all. If you check the other reviews, that 12GB of VRAM doesn't really do much for gaming right now.. even with 256 lower CUDA cores, the GTX 980Ti still packs a lot of punch and often neck and neck with the Titan X on benchmark scores.
I'm coming from 680 Classifieds in dual SLI to this single card 980Ti Hybrid and I'm not regretting it! Even though I really didn't have any problem running dual SLI cards, it's still more than twice the performance of my old set up.
For those wondering if their CPU will be a bottleneck with this card, I have an i7 2700k CPU OC'ed to 4.5Ghz and my 980Ti is only running at PCIe 2.0 at x8 because I made my GTX 680 a dedicated PhysX card and I don't see any bottleneck. During benching, the card doesn't even push my CPU that hard.. it only gets around 50% use or lower. But of course if you have a 4790k, it will be able to push this GPU further but not because the 2700k is a bottleneck but simply because a 4790k is faster clock per clock compared to a 2700k.
I hope this will help in making your decision! Oh yea, for those that are curious, my ASIC score in GPU-Z is 73.3%. Not sure how good that is but its higher than my 680 ones which are 70.3% and 70.4%.
Corsair 600T White Edition PC Case
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200W Platinum Certified PSU
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 Motherboard
Intel i7 2700k CPU OC'ed to 4.5Ghz (Stable up to 4.8Ghz)
EVGA GTX 980Ti 6GB Hybrid Edition GPU (Main GPU)
EVGA GTX 680 4GB Classified GPU (Dedicated PhysX)
32GB G.Skill Ripjaws X RAMs 2133 @ 10-12-12-31 2T timings
Asus PG278Q ROG Swift Gaming Monitor 1440p @ 120Hz Gsync enabled
Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Black Cherry MX Red
Astro Gaming A40 Wired Headset - Neon Edition - Orange w/ MixAmp Pro
Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
Corsair H100i CPU Liquid Cooling
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB (Main OS drive)
HGST 8TB Ultrastar Helium Enterprise HDD x1 (Steam & Other Games)
Western Digital RE 4TB Enterprise HDD x1 (Important Files)
HGST 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x1 (Storage Drive)
Seagate 4TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x1 (Storage Drive)
Seagate 3TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x1 (Storage Drive)
Plextor PX-LB950SA Bluray burner CD/DVD/Bluray drive
Intel Gigabit CT PCI-E Network Adapter