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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm Video Card Review (Page 10)

By Anthony Garreffa | Oct 14, 2015 05:05 pm CDT
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

Titan X Level Performance? No worries.

Throughout our testing, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm was toe-and-toe with the Titan X. In some benchmarks and games, it was just running behind it, where in others, it was ahead of it by a few frames per second. This means ZOTAC is offering some great performance with its GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm for $200+ off the $999 price of the Titan X.

Better yet, there's also additional performance when you start overclocking the card. This is another significant area that ZOTAC wins, and if you are water cooling the card, expect some even greater performance out of the GM200-powered slate of technology.

Performance at 1080p

I would not expect someone to spend $769 on a video card to game at 1080p, but plenty of gamers will do that. However, you can rest assured knowing that at 1080p, you will be playing games at over 100FPS+ on the GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm.

For those with a 120/144Hz screen, and especially those with G-Sync screens, this is the perfect video card. You'll be enjoying silky smooth gaming on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm.

Performance at 1440p

2560x1440 is a popular resolution these days, mainly thanks to high refresh rate and G-Sync capable monitors. The GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm performs awesomely well here, with 80FPS+ on all of our games and some of them exceed 100FPS without a problem.

The same advice is given here: if you own a 120/144Hz monitor that happens to have G-Sync onboard, you are going to have a great time with ZOTAC's card here.

Performance at 4K (3840x2160)

Most of our games run quite well at 4K on the GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm, but there are a few that dip below 60FPS and for us, that is not good. These games include Metro: Last Light Redux, Shadow of Mordor, Thief, and BioShock: Infinite. With a few in-game visual adjustments, 60FPS+ can be achieved without a problem.

4K gaming is still ultra-hard on today's GPUs, which is why we include 3440x1440 21:9 UltraWide benchmarks below. We find that the best alternative to 4K gaming right now, as it offers an increased field of view, with much better performance numbers than 4K.

Performance at UltraWide (3440x1440)

Now this is what I am talking about: the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm is capable of 60FPS+ average at 3440x1440. This is why I think 3440x1440 gaming is better than 4K because the performance is so much better. We are still limited to 60Hz screens for now, but there at 75Hz-capable 3440x1440 and 4K gaming screens coming out this year.

At 3440x1440, the GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm is pushing out 60FPS+ without an issue in all of our games. Taking Battlefield 4 as an example, it pushes out 95FPS average at 3440x1440, which is insane. If you were to add some additional graphical bells and whistles such as AA, you could still hit 60FPS+ easily.

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