Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Overclocked to 2.2Ghz – Smashes Previous Overclocking World Record

Khalid Moammer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
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Elmor, a Swedish overclocker has managed to set two new GPU world records. Smashing the previous 3DMark Fires Strike record for single GPU setups and hitting the highest frequency on the GTX 980 to date.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980_13The overclock was achieved on a system with an Asus GTX 980 Strix , an Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboard, Intel Core i7-5960X processor and 16 GB of G.Skill DDR4. The powerplant used for this little “experiment” was a V1200 1200W platinum rated power supply unit from Cooler Master.

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The overclocker pushed the GM204 GPU core powering the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 to a staggering 2202Mhz. And managed to score 9568 points in Fire Strike, breaking the previous record held by overclocker Kingpin by more than 100 points.
Elmor didn’t stop there either, the on-board GDDR5 was also overclocked to an speed of 8.4 GHz. The Core i7-5960X CPU was also overclocked to 5.586 GHz.

Exotic cooling had to be used to maintain stability. In this case liquid Nitrogen was employed.
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It wasn’t long ago that the GTX 980 broke several world records only to have those records broken again just a few weeks later just as we’ve predicted.  We wouldn’t be surprised to see this record broken again once more people get their hands on more GTX 900 series cards. Which are becoming increasingly harder to find. As Nvidia works through this supply issue for the new Maxwell GPUs.

GPU world records for the latest flagship graphics card are always exciting, but frankly I’m more excited to see the GTX 970 getting pushed as far as it’s older brother. After all that’s the more disruptive product of the two.
85% of the performance for $220 less makes it the real value winner.

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Granted GTX 980s are equipped with better binned GM204 GPU cores. Which would naturally allow for higher clock speeds. However keep in mind that Nvidia could very well start disabling perfectly good SMM units just so that it could meet up demand for GTX 970s. Which would mean higher quality GM204 cores will eventually trickle down and make their way through to GTX 970s.

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