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ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum Video Card Review

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum Video Card Review

ASUS gives you the option to use air or liquid cooling with its awesome ROG-branded GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum video card.

@anthony256
Published Mon, Jan 4 2016 4:42 PM CST   |   Updated Thu, Jul 30 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction, Quick Specs, and Availability & Price

We have been asked since NVIDIA released its GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card a few months back when we would be reviewing the new cards from ASUS, and here we are. We've secured ourselves the ASUS GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum, which is one of the best cards ASUS has ever produced.

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ASUS is known in the industry for its high-quality components, with its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand being one of the most recognizable brands with consumers when it comes to gaming hardware. The ROG branding is here on the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum, with the look and feel from the box to the card and finishing touches on the card.

Where ASUS does things differently with the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is that it provides users with the option of liquid cooling or air cooling. ASUS likes to tell you "air or liquid – your choice to chill" and they're right – it's all up to you with the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum.

Quick Specs

Underneath the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is the fully-enabled GM200 GPU, where we have 2816 CUDA cores. The GPU is clocked at 1114MHz Base clock while it sits on a Boost clock of 1203MHz. The 6GB of GDDR5 is clocked at 7GHz, with it being spread out on a 384-bit bus.

ASUS recommends a 375W PSU with the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum, taking its power from 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

Availability & Price

When it comes to pricing, the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is on Amazon for $850, with plenty in stock at the time of writing.

Detailed Look

ASUS is a company that takes great pride in its packaging and marketing, with the box for the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum being no exception. This is one of ASUS' most premium video cards, so let's take a look at the box.

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We can see that this is a Republic of Gamers branded card from ASUS, with the nice tag of "air or liquid – your choice to chill" teased.

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Around back, we have plenty of details on the cooling system that ASUS has deployed, as well as the detailed specifications on the card at the bottom.

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Inside of the package, there's a box that keeps the card itself safe, with a little window to peek at it before you take it out of the box.

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The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum in all its glory... it's a beautiful card.

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The back of the card is covered with a huge back plate, keeping the rear of the card cool.

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Display connectivity provided by ASUS includes 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 2.0 and a DVI output.

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You'll need 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors to power the card.

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Can you imagine 4 of these cards in SLI?! I can, and I want it.

Card Specifications & Cooling Setup

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.

Testing Method & Test System Configuration

Testing Method

I've played Battlefield 4 on a 64-player server to provide some real-world performance numbers. I've found this is one of the best ways to provide the most realistic performance numbers, as it involves actual gameplay in a large server that strains most setups.

For now, I'm going to be using the same suite of benchmarks I've been using on my Tweakipedia articles, which uses a mix of synthetic benchmarks with Futuremark's 3DMark and Unigine Heaven. After that, we have a bunch of titles with built-in benchmarks (which does not represent actual in-game performance), but they are repeatable for you at home to gauge the performance of your PC or GPU.

Over time, I will be adding in new benchmarks and a new section that will concentrate solely on real-time gaming benchmarks. This will take more time per review as I'll have to invest time into actually physically playing the games, but it'll be worth it in the long run. For now, let's get right into the synthetic benchmarks and see how this video card performs.

Battlefield 4 Testing

This is one game that we did differently, as it does not feature a built-in benchmarking feature. When it comes to Battlefield 4, there are countless ways you can benchmark it. Some find a spot in the single player campaign which is easily repeatable and use that. For our testing, we've chosen to use a 64-player online multiplayer server for real-time performance statistics.

We joined a 64-player map and played for five minutes using FRAPS, pulling our minimum/average and maximum FPS. We did this for each test; we run the game for 5 minutes at 1080p/1440p and 4K. We are using a custom Ultra preset (disabling AA). It's time-consuming, but it gives us a perfect look at true real-world performance.

Test System Configuration

We have another new start for video card benchmarking adventures, where not only are we adding in 3440x1440 results, but we've also shifted to a high-end Core i7-5960X to remove any potential CPU bottlenecks. Corsair sent us over their kick-ass AX1500i PSU, which provides 1500W of power for our 3- and 4-way GPU testing that we have coming very soon.

Anthony's Video Card Test System Specifications

Benchmarks – Synthetic

3DMark Fire Strike - 1080p

3DMark has been a staple benchmark for years now, all the way back to when The Matrix was released and Futuremark had bullet time inspired benchmarks. 3DMark is the perfect tool to see if your system - most important, your CPU and GPU - is performing as it should. You can search results for your GPU, to see if it falls in line with other systems based on similar hardware.

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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme - 1440p

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3DMark Fire Strike Ultra – 4K (3840x2160)

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With the increased clocks on the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum, the ASUS card beats everything else on our charts – including the reference GTX 980 Ti from NVIDIA and the Fury X from AMD at all resolutions – 1080p, 1440p, and 4K.

Heaven - 1080p

Heaven is a GPU intensive benchmark that pushes your silicon to its limits. It's another favorite of ours as it has some great scaling for multi-GPU testing, and it's great for getting your GPU to 100% for power and noise testing.

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Heaven - 1440p

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Heaven – 4K (3840x2160)

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Heaven – UltraWide (3440x1440)

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The same dominance by the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum continues in Heaven, with it smashing everything else in all resolutions, including our 21:9 UltraWide testing at 3440x1440.

Benchmarks – 1080p

Battlefield 4 @ 1080p

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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Grand Theft Auto V @ 1080p

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best looking open-world games on the market, with Rockstar Games making great use of the power of the PC by offering an optional first-person mode, and the huge upgrade in graphics over its console counterparts.

You can buy Grand Theft Auto V at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ 1080p

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best-looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ 1080p

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ 1080p

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ 1080p

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ 1080p

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ 1080p

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Benchmarks – 1440p

Battlefield 4 @ 1440p

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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Grand Theft Auto V @ 1440p

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best looking open-world games on the market, with Rockstar Games making great use of the power of the PC by offering an optional first-person mode, and the huge upgrade in graphics over its console counterparts.

You can buy Grand Theft Auto V at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ 1440p

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ 1440p

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ 1440p

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ 1440p

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ 1440p

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ 1440p

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Benchmarks – 3840x2160 4K

Battlefield 4 @ 4K (3840x2160)

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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Grand Theft Auto V @ 4K (3840x2160)

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best looking open-world games on the market, with Rockstar Games making great use of the power of the PC by offering an optional first-person mode, and the huge upgrade in graphics over its console counterparts.

You can buy Grand Theft Auto V at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ 4K (3840x2160)

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ 4K (3840x2160)

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ 4K (3840x2160)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ 4K (3840x2160)

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ 4K (3840x2160)

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ 4K (3840x2160)

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Benchmarks – 3440x1440 UltraWide

Battlefield 4 @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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Grand Theft Auto V @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best looking open-world games on the market, with Rockstar Games making great use of the power of the PC by offering an optional first-person mode, and the huge upgrade in graphics over its console counterparts.

You can buy Grand Theft Auto V at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Performance Summary

One of the Best GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards to date

The performance on the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is about what we expected – yet another great GTX 980 Ti, this time from ASUS. The GPU clocks aren't as high as some other offerings, especially up against the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition but they are still up there.

Performance at 1080p

Kicking things off with 1080p, the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum offers some truly great performance. 1080p isn't too hard on the card, with it providing 151FPS average in Battlefield 4 for example.

The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum was pushing 100FPS+ average in all of our testing at 1920x1080. So if you're in the market for a new card for your 144/165Hz gaming monitor, the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum could be the one for you.

Performance at 1440p

While the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum was capable of 100FPS+ average in our tests at 1080p, we don't expect the same at 2560x1440 – but, I do expect 60FPS or so average from this card, at 1440p.

Especially given that ASUS has its ROG Swift PG279Q, a QHD monitor with its 27-inch panel running 2560x1440 at a huge 165Hz. You need all the frames you can get!

Still, the lowest we saw the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum drop to at 1440p was around 80FPS, with our first-person shooter testing in BF4 still cranking out an incredible 146FPS average.

Performance at 4K (3840x2160)

Now the big boy tests come out: 4K gaming. Again, we expect 60FPS+ from an enthusiast card like the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum at 4K, but did it meet our lofty expectations?

BF4 saw 87FPS average, which made it liquid smooth to play with on our 4K60 display. Shadow of Mordor and Thief were struggling with 40FPS or so average, so with a few details turned down you'd reach 60FPS pretty easily on the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum.

Performance at UltraWide (3440x1440)

UltraWide gaming is something so great, that you just need to experience it for yourself. Most preferably, on the Acer Predator X34 monitor, which rocks a 34-inch panel with a resolution of 3440x1440, 100Hz refresh rate and is backed by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology – perfect for the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum.

Performance wise, at 3440x1440 the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum handled it beautifully. Battlefield 4 was liquid smooth on it, pushing 120FPS+ average at 3440x1440. It was buttery smooth and makes the BF4 experience even better.

Everything else was 60FPS+, which is what we want at this resolution, but if you wanted to get closer to 100FPS average to match the refresh rate, dropping a few details down is easy.

Overclocking, Power Consumption & Sound Testing

Overclocking – Let's See How Far We Can Go

ASUS pushes the clock speeds on its ROG video cards as high as it can, so we didn't have any additional OC headroom. I expected as much, with the performance on the card not changing at all – only a few percentage points between the 'stock' clocks on the factory overclocked card, and the barely-there overclock we were able to manage.

Anything above 20-30MHz on the GPU resulted in severe instability, with black screens popping up and a reboot required.

ASUS has already pushed the card to its near maximum, so you will only want to overclock the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum if you're putting it under water.

Power Consumption

Nearly all of the GTX 980 Ti cards have the same power consumption, coming it at around 360W with our full system. We have 360W of total system power consumption.

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With the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum under full load, we had around 340W of total system power consumption. Not too bad at all.

Sound Testing

Even during our BF4 gaming sessions, the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum didn't make a peep. Once the fans were manually cranked up, it wasn't as loud as some of the other cards we've tested.

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What's Hot & What's Not

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 Ti Poseidon Platinum.

What's Hot

Two Cooling Options: This is the second card to feature dual cooling setups, giving you the choice of the stock air cooling (which is great), or to go down the water cooling route. ASUS does this with a card that isn't any thicker than a dual-slot GTX 980 Ti, too.

The Most Unique Cooling Yet:

ZOTAC surprised us with their GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm, but ASUS takes it to a new level with the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum. If you're building a new enthusiast level gaming PC, the ASUS motherboard that you might be using will be well matched with the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum.

Great Performance: It isn't quite as fast as the best offerings from ZOTAC, but ASUS has pleased us with the performance side of the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum. All resolutions we tested were completely playable, including 3440x1440 and 4K.

What's Not

Not The Best GTX 980 Ti: ZOTAC has really taken the GPU performance crown lately, but ASUS is only a few steps behind at the moment.

Final Thoughts

Rounding out 2015, we are surprised with the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum. It's not quite at the level of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm, but it's damn close. If you're rocking a high-end ASUS motherboard, you're going to want to match it with another ROG product – thanks to the color scheme and design choices that ASUS has adopted on its products.

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The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum lets you play any game you want right now, at any resolution, comfortably. We were not constrained by the performance on the card at all, enjoying 100FPS+ in most games at 3440x1440, and 60FPS+ in most at 4K.

To put it plainly: the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is a kick ass card. But, it makes me think that ZOTAC is going to be the one to watch out for in 2016. If I had not tested out the ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm, I would've had no issues recommending the ASUS card here today.

But, ZOTAC has done so much this year that has just been great – that I have to mention it. What ASUS has with its GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is something that ASUS ROG fans will 100% love. If you're not a huge ROG fan, then you might want to look at alternatives. It doesn't mean what ASUS has here with the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum is bad; it just means that there are now many players at the top of the video card food chain.

If you've got an ASUS ROG board, then you're pretty much set when it comes to the GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum. It's a no worries purchase here.

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)90%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money90%
Overall93%

The Bottom Line: ASUS does it again with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum. A well-rounded video card offering, and the perfect mate for your ASUS ROG motherboard.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. 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 custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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