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EVGA 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition: Engineered to overclock

At the Computex 2015 trade-show, EVGA is demonstrating its new graphics card that has all chances to become the highest performing GeForce GTX 980 Ti-based solution on the planet. The graphics adapter is designed to offer maximum overclocking potential and will also feature very high clock-rates out-of-the-box, when it becomes available later this year. Still, great performance comes at a great price.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N graphics card is built on a custom 12-layer printed circuit board with digital voltage regulation module featuring 14+3 power phase design. Thanks to enhanced PLL circuitry, improved GPU power plane as well as various voltage regulation enhancements, the Kingpin Edition of EVGA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified graphics card will provide unmatched overclocking potential, just like its predecessors.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N graphics card. Photo by Benchlife web-site.

The new graphics board has three power inputs (8pin + 8pin + 6pin) and a very high-quality voltage regulation module, which can utilize up to 450W of power and up to 600A current to deliver great overclockability. The graphics adapter is also compatible with EVGA’s Evbot device that helps to adjust voltages of GPU and memory on the fly. The board even has a special circuitry that prevents GDDR5 memory from freezing when the card is cooled-down using liquid nitrogen.

The EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N uses a new version of EVGA’s ACX 2.0+ cooler with copper heatpipes and radiators. The decision to use copper radiators is a strange one, keeping in mind the fact that while copper quickly absorbs heat, it does not quickly dissipate it, unlike aluminium, which dissipates heat rapidly. Virtually all high-end coolers use a combination of copper and aluminium.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N graphics card. Photo by Benchlife web-site.

Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido, a leading extreme overclocker, likely took part in the development of the EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N graphics board. While it does not seem that the novelty has something that was not available on previous-generation Kingpin Edition products, certain minor refinements may help to further improve overclockability of the graphics adapter.

Mr. Lucido and other extreme overclockers have managed to push GeForce GTX 780 Ti (GK110) and GeForce GTX 980 (GM204) graphics processors to well over 2GHz on previous-generation Kingpin Edition graphics cards. It is highly likely that the new  will offer similarly great overclocking potential.

At present EVGA is only demonstrating  the graphics card at Computex and does not reveal any additional information about it. Actual clock-rates of the board are unknown, but since Classified K|NGP|N is EVGA’s top-of-the-range series, expect them to be very high. In fact, the EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N may be even faster than Nvidia’s flagship GeForce GTX Titan X graphics adapter thanks to massive factory overclock. Pricing of the new graphics card may also be comparable to that of the Titan X.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified K|NGP|N graphics card. Photo by Benchlife web-site.

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KitGuru Says: Traditionally, it has taken EVGA three to four months to prep a Classified K|NGP|N version of its graphics adapters. This time the company showcases its GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified Kingpin Edition several days after Nvidia’s announcement of the graphics processor. Perhaps, they novelty will hit the market in a month or two from now?

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