Asustek Computer on Wednesday introduced its new custom GeForce GTX 980 Ti-based graphics card with innovative hybrid cooling solution and increased overclocking potential. The new Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti is not the fastest graphics card in the world out-of-box, but its overclocking potential should be exceptionally high thanks to hybrid cooler.
The Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti graphics card is based on Nvidia Corp.’s GM200-310 graphics processing unit (2816 stream processors, 176 texture units, 96 raster operations pipelines, 384-bit GDDR5 memory bus) as well as on custom printed circuit board designed by Asustek Computer. The PCB sports 10-phase voltage regulator module featuring concrete-core chokes, solid-state black metallic capacitors and hardened MOSFETs. The graphics card sports two 8-pin PCIe auxiliary power connectors that can deliver up to 300W of power to the graphics board (in addition to 75W supplied through PCIe x16 slot).
The key feature of the Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti graphics adapter is its hybrid air-liquid cooling solution. Two high-quality fans along with advanced radiator and DirectXU H2O vapor-chamber should be enough to cool-down the graphics adapter, but enthusiasts with custom-built liquid cooling solutions will be able to plug the card to their pump and enjoy the benefits of liquid cooling. According to Asustek Computer, the cooling system of the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti guarantees up to 5°C lower GPU temperature than Nvidia’s reference cooler out-of-box and up to 30°C lower GPU temperature when connected to a liquid cooling system.
Clock-rates of the Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti graphics adapter – 1203MHz/1228MHz (base/boost) for GPU and 7GHz for 6GB of GDDR5 memory – are lower compared to frequencies offered by the Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti. Moreover, the latter also has more advanced VRM and pre-overclocked memory. Asus positions its Republic of Gamers products above Strix lineup but the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti is slower than the Strix GTX 980 Ti.
Peak compute performance of the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti is around 6.77TFLOPS, or around 10 per cent higher compared to that of the GeForce GTX Titan X, which boasts with 6.144TFLOPS of FP32 processing power.
The Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti is available now worldwide.
Asustek Computer is also working on its Asus ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti, which will be the company’s highest-performing single-chip graphics card based on an Nvidia GeForce graphics chip.
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KitGuru Says: The new Poseidon graphics adapters should be perfect for those, who already have custom liquid-cooling system. For those, who just want to have high performance, the Asus Strix GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be a considerably better solution thanks to higher clock-rates, pre-overclocked memory, very advanced cooling system and better VRM.