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EVGA GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N hits 2.1GHz/8.4GHz with LN2, sets new records

Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido, one of the world’s top overclockers who collaborates with EVGA, has managed to overclock Nvidia Corp.’s GM200-310 graphics processing unit to a record-high frequency. Using EVGA’s top-of-the-range GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N graphics adapter specifically designed for extreme overclocking, Mr. Lucido managed to set multiple records.

The legendary overclocker has managed to bolster clock-rates of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N graphics card to whopping 2100MHz/8400MHz (GPU/memory). 2.10GHz is the highest clock-rate ever achieved by the GM200 graphics processor, the frequency is slightly below 2.30GHz, the absolutely highest clock-rate ever achieved by any graphics processing unit. To hit record frequencies, Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido used liquid nitrogen (LN2) and increased voltage of the GPU.

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To test performance of the heavily overclocked graphics card, Kingpin used his rig powered by an Intel Core i7-5960X processor overclocked to 5000MHz – 5518MHz (also cooled-down using liquid nitrogen), an EVGA Intel X99 mainboard and 16GB of 3.30GHz DDR4 memory.

By tweaking clock-rates of the graphics adapter, Vince Lucido managed to achieve the following results in the following benchmarks:

  • 3DMark Fire Strike – 25233
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme – 13091
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra – 6988

The results are three new world’s records for single-GPU setups.

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Nvidia’s GM200 graphics processing unit is one of the most complex GPUs ever produced: it features eight billion of transistors and clearly was not designed to run at 2.0GHz. Nonetheless, thanks to extreme cooling, increase of GPU voltage and various tweaking, Mr. Lucido has managed to increase clock-rate of the chip to around 2100MHz.

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KitGuru Says: As expected, the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N is an excellent overclocker, which is considerably better than Nvidia’s own design for GM200-based graphics adapters. Still, the highly-custom design of the EVGA product only increased maximum clock-rate of the GPU by 100MHz, which is a noteworthy, but hardly a massive increase.

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