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MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 2:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: MSI

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G.

 

What's Hot

 

It's Beautiful: MSI has such good looking cards with its black and red theme, and if you buy an MSI motherboard, you benefit from uniformity in the look and style of your hardware. This is something to think about when spending around $1000 on a video card and motherboard combo.

 

 

Great Performance: With performance that even rivals the insanely fast ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, MSI has quite the winner here. It beats the ZOTAC hands down when it comes to physical size, too.

 

Excellent Thermals: Our card was maxing out at 72C in a Heaven loop, so with silent performance, you're getting a kick ass card that won't make your gaming experience loud.

 

Great Long-Term Card: With the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G, you won't need another card until you upgrade your monitor, or new games come out later in the future that really stress it. It handles 4K gaming without a problem, and has plenty of wiggle room for the future.

 

NVIDIA's Maxwell Architecture: NVIDIA created a champion when it designed the Maxwell architecture, so we have a power efficient card that runs cool, but it is also feature loaded. Things like HDMI 2.0, VR compatibility, triple DisplayPort outputs, GameStream, and so much more are included.

 

What's Not

 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G. From the box to the performance of the card, it's an enthusiasts dream.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Now that I've reviewed a few GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards from NVIDIA's partners, I'm beginning to see just how much NVIDIA has the game wrapped up in the video card market right now. AMD has the Fury X which simply cannot compete with this level of performance from NVIDIA - and while it beats the 980 Ti in some benchmarks - it's not enough.

 

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Second, the normal Fury is in such short supply that AMD's AIB partners cannot make it. I had one sample that I reviewed from SAPPHIRE, which I had for 48 hours before it went back. My second Fury X was taken from me, showing just how low the stock is right now. Whereas there are countless GTX 980 Ti cards on the market right now, with plenty of stock to go around.

 

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In MSI's case with its new GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G, it's one of the best performing GTX 980 Ti cards out. ZOTAC's offering was faster in some benchmarks, but the MSI card is thinner, which wins a big deal of points from me. MSI's GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G will fit into virtually any system, makes absolutely no noise, and for those with a case window; it's going to look killer.

 

Right now, MSI has one of the best GTX 980 Ti cards on the market, but we shouldn't expect anything less from the company at this stage. Kick ass work once again, MSI.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: MSI has one of the best GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards on the market, with incredible performance, a slick design, and silent operation. Two of these in SLI are what you need Santa to give you for Christmas later this year.

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