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ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 10:42 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

Card Specifications

 

For such an expensive card, ASUS hasn't ramped up the clock speeds on the GPU with the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum. We have the usual 2816 CUDA cores, clocked at 1114MHz, with a Boost clock of 1203MHz.

 

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The usual 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM is found here, with a stock frequency of 7GHz over a 384-bit memory bus. 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors power the card, over the usual PCIe 3.0 port.

 

 

Cooling Setup

 

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Where ASUS went radically different, is with the cooling setup. The GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum, as we've already mentioned, provides not only stock air cooling – but water cooling options, too. You can see here the water cooling fittings, pre-installed on the card.

 

 

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But if you don't feel like dipping your toes in water, there's air cooling that will keep your card nice and cool. Beneath the fan, you can see the DirectCU H20 Vapor chamber, with the DirectCU H2O water channel throughout the heat pipe system there.

 

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When it comes to the liquid cooling side of things, ASUS uses its DirectCU H2O Hybrid Cooling system, which "combines the vapor chamber and water channel with standard G1/4-inch threaded fittings to easily accommodate existing liquid cooling equipment". ASUS also added that "with liquid, DirectCU H2O achieves up to 2 times (30C) lower temperatures while reducing noise – up to 3x quieter."

 

Now that's impressive.

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