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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm Video Card Review (Page 3)

By Anthony Garreffa on Oct 14, 2015 05:05 pm CDT - 1 min, 22 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

Card Specifications

ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm is nearly identical to the rest of their GTX 980 Ti offerings, except when it comes to the cooling setup. We have 2816 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 clocked at 7GHz on a 384-bit memory bus.

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We have the GM200 GPU with a Base clock of 1025MHz, which results in a Boost clock of 1114MHz. We were able to squeeze a considerable chunk more speed out of the GPU, which we'll talk about later.

Cooling Setup

This is where the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm differs from the competition, with its triple-fan cooler and integrated water block that can take some water cooling greatness. We'll take a look around the cooler now.

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Here we have the triple 90mm fans keeping your GM200 GPU nice and cool, and boy do they do a good job. We had our card overclocked 200MHz+ past the Boost clock, and it was perfectly stable with the stock air cooling.

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Here we can see where you'd hook up your loops to the GTX 980 Ti Arctic Storm.

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The water block on the GPU is huge, as you can see from the pictures above.

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A closer look at the water block.

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If you want to have the GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm in your system, you're going to realize quite quickly that it's a bloody heavy card. ZOTAC includes a brace for your system - yeah, an actual piece of metal that will keep your card from bending after a few months/years in your system.

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Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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