This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum cards in SLI.
Unparalleled Performance: The two ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum video cards in SLI are really quite the combo, providing a great jump at 1440p and 4K. But this isn't something you're going to buy (or shouldn't) for 1080p gaming, that's for sure.
Still Very Power Efficient: With both cards at 100%, the entire system is still only drawing 470W, which is nothing in today's standards for a system with two video cards.
Quiet Operation: The two cards in SLI are still very quiet even when they're being stressed out, which is surprising considering how much performance you're getting.
Maxwell Architecture: NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture is what makes most of this possible, as the GM204 core itself doesn't run too hot and allows ASUS' DirectCU II cooling to really do its job incredibly well.
Strange Placement of PCIe Power Connectors: This is something we didn't like in our review of the card itself, and this is double the trouble with SLI.
We had nothing but praise for the single ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum, with the SLI testing solidifying the position that ASUS has with its GTX 980 Matrix Platinum cards. Every single game we tested at 4K was pushing over 60FPS, with most of our games running at closer to 100FPS average, which is just insanity.
The SLI scaling on the two cards was impressive, with more than 50% in most of our games, which is something I'm very impressed with. The power consumption of the entire system was not ballooned out to 500W+ like we have with two Radeon R9 290X cards, which is another factor you have to consider when looking at buying or building a multi-GPU system.
If you want unparalleled performance, two ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum video cards in SLI are something that will not have you disappointed. As we recommended with our review on the single GTX 980 Matrix Platinum, pair the purchase up with the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q monitor and you'll have one of the best gaming setups money can buy at this point in time.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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