Gigabyte Updates Entire GeForce Maxwell Lineup – GTX 980 Ti Xtreme and GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming Cards With WindForce 3X, 700W Cooling Solution

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Nov 11, 2015
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Gigabyte has just updated their entire GeForce Maxwell graphics card stack with new additions as a part of their latest Xtreme Gaming lineup. The new lineup consists of several cards, all the way from the entry level GeForce GTX 950 to the flagship, GeForce GTX Titan X which have not only received a facial update but also improved factory overclocks, better cooling and overclock ready PCBs.

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The new cards that include every possible Maxwell release such as the GeForce GTX 950, GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 980 Ti and GeForce GTX Titan X is featured in the Xtreme Gaming lineup with the exception of the GeForce GTX 960 which might be featured in this new lineup later on. Gigabyte took their WindForce 3X design and perfected it in each and every possible way with the Xtreme Gaming lineup as these new cards are meant feature top-notch GPU core performance through the Gigabyte GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology that guarantees an exceptional overclocking proficiency in terms of power switching. Along with the substantial factory overclock compared to the reference design, the memory is also overclocked to deliver best performance out of the graphics card.

Starting off with the top two beasts, we have the insanely powerful GeForce GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming. These two cards feature the GM200 core and feature core configs of 3072 CUDA and 2816 CUDA cores respectively. The GeForce GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming from Gigabyte is the latest custom Titan X offering (there are a few to begin with) which has got the non-reference treatment and equipped with the latest WindForce 3X cooling solution that is capable of delivering 700W of cooling power.  The latest WindForce 3X cooling makes use of the 3D-Active  fan technology which is the first 0dB semi-passive fan design. The design also comes with LED Illumination on the fans and shroud for a more user tuned graphics card.

Coming back to the specifications, the GeForce GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming is clocked at 1165 MHz base and 1266 MHz boost clock. It comes with 12 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7 GHz and running along a 384-bit bus interface. The card has a reference PCB hence has a 6+2 phase PWM design but the extra cooling to the GPU does mean that it gets to overclock better than the reference variants. The second card is the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming which is an insane GM200 card that features a 12+2 Phase PWM design and has clock speeds of 1216 MHz base, 1317 MHz boost and 7.2 GHz for the 6 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 384-bit bus interface.

Gigabyte has also released the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WaterForce graphics card which comes with an AIO liquid cooling solution. The card retains the same PCB and GPU configuration as the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming graphics card but has the advantage of water cooling that results in 38.8% lower temperatures than the reference variants while outputting low noise.

The GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING also offers the WATERFORCE edition for those favor the liquid cooling solution. The exclusive all-in-one, closed-loop water cooling system features the full-coverage cooling module covering not only the GPU, but also the heat-generating VRAM and MOSFET. This design requires no additional fan like other competitions in its class for a much superior acoustic performance.

The robust FEP tubes can effectively prevent the leak and fare a lower coolant evaporation rate. Coupled with the 120mm silent fan and the low-noise pump, the graphics card is able to perform up to 38.8% cooler than the reference cooling in operating temperature for ultra-stable gaming in near silence. via Gigabyte

Last up, we have two GM204 based cards that include the GeForce GTX 980 Xtreme Gaming and GeForce GTX 970 Xtreme Gaming. The GeForce GTX 980 Xtreme Gaming comes with base clock of 1241 MHz, 1342 MHz boost clock and memory clocked at 7.1 GHz. It has a 10+2 phase PWM powering the PCB and the same cooler features such as Illumination, 0dB passive cooling and LN2 BIOS. The GeForce GTX 970 Xtreme Gaming comes with clock speeds of 1190 MHz base, 1342 MHz boost and 7.1 GHz memory clock. Both cards come with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory along with a backplate to keep the components hidden on the back of the PCB. Prices and launch dates for these cards are not confirmed yet but we expect to see them soon.

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Graphics Card With Shroud/Fan Illumination:

Model GV-N970XTREME-4GD GV-N980XTREME-4GD GV-N98TXTREME -6GD GV-N98TXTREME W-6GD NTITANXXTREME-12GD-B
Core Clock 1190MHz 1241MHz 1216MHz 1216MHz 1165MHz
Boost Clock 1342Mhz 1342MHz 1317MHz 1317MHz 1266MHz
Memory Clock 7.1Gbps 7.1Gbps 7.2Gbps 7.2Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Size 4GB 4GB 6GB 6GB 12GB
Memory Bus 256 bit 256 bit 384 bit 384 bit 384 bit
Power Phase 10+2 10+2 12+2 12+2 6+2
Cooling WINDFORCE 3X WINDFORCE 3X WINDFORCE 3X 700W WATERFORCE WINDFORCE 3X 700W

 

 

 

3D Active Fan with LED Indicators Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
LED Illumination Yes; RGB Yes; RGB Yes; RGB Yes; RGB Yes
Smart Power Indicator Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
LN2 BIOS with Extra 6-pin Power Connector N/A N/A Yes Yes N/A
Protective PCB Coating Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metal Back Plate Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smooth PCB Surface Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A

Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan X Xtreme Gaming WindForce:

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WindForce:

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WaterForce:

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