Inno3D's GeForce GTX 980 iChill Air Boss which features the latest HerculeZ X4 cooling design has been unveiled. The GeForce GTX 980 iChill Air Boss features a beastly cooler which will allow users to get more overclock potential out of the GM204-400 chip fused inside the heart of the GeForce GTX 980's core. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 launch in just a few hours.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 iChill Air Boss With HerculeZ X4 Cooling Unveiled
The Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 is a beast with a triple fan cooler that takes three slots of spacing. The GTX 980 features the same specifications which we have been hearing over the past few weeks which include a total of 2048 CUDA Cores, 128 Texture mapping units, 64 Raster operation units and a 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM that runs along a 256-bit bus interface. The core clock for the reference model are maintained at 1126 MHz core and 1216 MHz boost while the memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed pumping out 224.4 GB/s worth of memory bandwidth. The card is supplied power through dual 6-Pin connectors since it has a TDP of just 165W and display connectors include HDMI, DVI and three display ports. Following is an official presentation of the upcoming GeForce GTX 980 GPU:
"The GeForce® GTX™ 980 is the world’s most advanced graphics card, powered by the new incredibly fast, power-efficient NVIDIA® Maxwell™ architecture. With twice the performance of prior-generation cards* and exciting new gaming technologies, this innovative GPU provides an elite experience on virtual reality, HD, and ultra-resolution 4K displays.
Enjoy hyper-realistic real-time lighting with advanced NVIDIA Cone-Traced Global Illumination, as well as NVIDIA G-SYNC™ display technology for smooth, tear-free gaming. Plus, you get Super Resolution technology that delivers a 4K experience on a 1080p display.
The GTX 980 even delivers great gaming to go with NVIDIA GameStream™ technology that lets you stream PC games to NVIDIA SHIELD™ devices." via HardwareZone Forums
The Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 blows away the reference model with its 1228 MHz base and 1329 MHz boost clock. We don't know if the PCB is a non-reference or reference model but judging from the design, it could be a custom design. Regardless, the memory runs at 7.2 GHz effective clock speed pumping out 230.4 GB/s worth of bandwidth. Power is still fed through dual 6-Pin connectors while display connectors include DVI, HDMI and two Display ports.
Just like the Colorful iGame variant we detailed earlier, the most notable thing about the Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 980 is its Air Boss HerculeZ X4 cooling design. The HerculeZ is the successor of the HerculeZ 3000 cooler we saw on the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and trumps it in all ways possible. The metallic shroud incorporates three fans, two 92mm and one 100mm which dissipate heat to the dense aluminum fin array beneath the cooler shroud that makes use of several heatpipes to dissipate heat from the core. The cooler adopts a silver and red color scheme where the red stripes on the rear and front lit in red by LEDs. We can see the new iChill logo on the fan and the side bracket actually holds another cooling fan. Smaller in size but the purpose of this fan to blow wind towards a second heatsink which is located in the support bracket plate. This is a good design scheme and we expect to learn more about the cooler in a few hours. Pricing as always will be a premium over the reference models so don't be shocked if this thing costs $599 US.
Aside from the GTX 980 iChill, there's also the GeForce GTX 970 iChill which has been leaked which sticks with the HerculeZ 2000 cooling design and sticks with the standard short PCB design which will be adopted by a few reference GTX 970 PCBs. The card is fed power through dual 6-Pin connectors while display connectors include the standard dual DVI, HDMI and Display port. Inno3D has kind of bumped the fan size on this model from the looks of it but the specifications under the hood stick with the standard GeForce GTX 970 specs which include 1664 Cores, 64 ROPs and 104 TMUs. Expect the card to come with factory overclock out of box.