Introduction of the MSI GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC
It doesn't matter what form it's in, we've been extremely impressed with NVIDIA's newly launched GTX 900 series. One model that really impressed us, though, was the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC, thanks to its impressive performance right out of the box, and an even more impressive price point that it was launched at. I said that this card would be a real issue for AMD, and a week later, I continue to think that as AMD appears to stand still.
Outside of the reference GTX 980 4GB, I also had a chance to take a look at the ZOTAC AMP! Omega Edition, which carried a really nice overclock out of the box. Today we're looking at our second MSI GTX 900 based card in the form of the MSI GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC. Due to the fact we've already looked at quite a strong pre-overclocked card in the ZOTAC, I figured it was time to kick it up a notch and finally see what overclocking is like.
Since day one, the chatter about overclocking these new models has been exceptionally favorable. However, until today, outside of the out-of-the-box overclocks that both MSI and ZOTAC offered, I haven't had a chance to see just what kind of overclock could be achieved first-hand. Well, that is all about to change with this MSI card. With the help of our favorite overclocking software, MSI Afterburner, we will all be able to find out exactly how these new models overclock.
To date, this will probably be one of our fairest GTX 980 4GB reviews due to the fact the whole time we have been reviewing these models, the only R9 290X 4GB included in our charts was our heavily overclocked HIS. The HIS was overclocked via the same software and voltage bumps ability that will be granted here today with the MSI card. So, let's not delay any longer, and find out exactly what MSI has got going on here.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the front of the box, you can see the design is pretty much identical to that of the GTX 970 version we looked at the other day. We've got the MSI, FNATIC, and G Series logos across the top, the model number in the middle, and some of the main features mentioned across the bottom. Of course, the big feature listed is that Twin Frozr V cooler. Here you can also see the card carries 4GB of GDDR5, and is an OC Edition card.
Turning the box over, you can see we've got a bit of a blurb across the top, but the majority of the highlights focus around the new Twin Frozr V cooler, which carries the upgraded Torx Fan, SuperSU Pipe, and Hybrid Frozr technology to make the card silent when possible. You can also see mention of the GAMING App, and some of the main features are listed across the bottom.
Looking inside of the bundle, you can see the Quick User Guide, along with a leaflet on some of the other gaming series products offered by MSI. We've also got our standard Driver CD and DVI to VGA connector, along with a six-pin PCIe to eight-pin PCIe connector to round things off.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]