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EVGA 04G-2982-KR GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Overclocked 980! 09/22/2014

This review is from: EVGA 04G-2982-KR GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

Pros: - Boost overclock of up to 1354 MHz runs everything without crashes.
- Reference cooler is able to keep the card below 80 degrees C at all times, even with another internal blower type video card directly below the 980.
- Fan is very quiet compared to Gigabyte Windforce fans on my previous cards.
- 80% faster than my previous 2x SLI 560 Ti overclocked setup.
- Runs Battlefield 4 on Ultra with MSAA and 200% resolution scaling (3840x2400) at 60 fps - unreal!

Cons: - Runs at up to 76 degrees C in a high airflow case, pretty close to 80 degree limit at which point the card will downclock. Doesn't go over 80 degrees though, and having another video card below the 980 likely causes it to run hotter than it would have otherwise.
- New dynamic resolution scaling (DSR) feature looks terrible and runs at same FPS compared to resolution scaling implemented in game engines like BF4. I suppose it is better than nothing for games that don't support resolution scaling.

Other Thoughts: Some benchmarks:

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

Render: Direct3D11
Mode: 1920x1200 4xAA fullscreen
Preset Custom
Quality Ultra
Tessellation: Extreme

FPS: 72.3
Score: 1821
Min FPS: 26.1
Max FPS: 153.3

Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0

Render: Direct3D11
Mode: 1920x1080 8xAA fullscreen
Preset Extreme HD

FPS: 68.5
Score: 2867
Min FPS:30.7
Max FPS:131.4

Heaven Benchmark v2.5 Basic

Render: direct3d11
Mode: 1920x1200 fullscreen
Shaders: high
Textures: high
Filter: trilinear
Anisotropy: 4x
Occlusion: enabled
Refraction: enabled
Volumetric: enabled
Tessellation:normal

FPS: 146.0
Scores: 3678
Min FPS:83.6
Max FPS:283.6

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Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-775M 775W ATX 12V v2.3 /  EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Got this PSU for HAF 932 case, mounted at the bottom, upright, LEDs showing.

- Quality modular 775W for $120!
- Modular PSU, comes with plenty of cables to power anything you can fit into a full tower case.
- Cables are very long, long enough to be routed behind the motherboard and reach anything in a full tower case.
- Packaging and build quality are excellent.
- Powers 2 overclocked gtx 560 Ti cards in SLI, overclocked i7-2600K, 4 hard drives and 6 case/cpu fans without a problem.

Cons: None

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GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI-950 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 15% overclock across the board. Got 2 of these to connect with SLI. Both cards have been rock stable at factory set frequencies and voltage.

Compared these overclocked 560s to factory overclocked 580s in Unigine Heaven 2.5 DX11 benchmark at 1680x1050 resolution.

2x560 SOC achieved 90.3% scaling with SLI.
2x580 factory overclocked achieved 87% scaling with SLI.

2x560 SOC SLI was 70.8% faster than a single overclocked 580 (Same cost!!!).
Single 560 SOC was 10.1% slower than an overclocked 580.
2x560 SOC SLI was 9.5% slower than 2x580 overclocked SLI.

At high resolutions such as 2560x1600 I would expect 580s to pull further ahead due to larger RAM, however at mid-range resolutions Gigabyte 560 Ti SOC is right on overclocked 580's heels.

Temperatures maxed out at 75C for 1st card, 66C for second card, which implies that gigabyte's heatpipe cooler is quite good.

Cons: Would not overclock to 1GHz without voltage increase.

Other Thoughts: Enabling SLI was a pain on my buggy motherboard, Asus p8p67 pro B3. Asus messed up SLI support in BIOS, and when both cards were first plugged in, SLI was unavailable and nvidia's driver kept crashing with black and blue screens. Only fix that worked was installing windows 7 on another hard drive, installing chipset drivers and then nvidia drivers. This somehow enabled SLI for the whole machine so I could go back to the original windows 7 install and enable SLI.

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Display Name: Vladimir S.

Date Joined: 06/20/05

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 11/29/07
  • Last Review: 09/22/14
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