It is not a secret that every graphics processing unit has a unique set of physical features, including individual overclocking potential. In a bid to provide unique service to its customers, EVGA will offers its flagship GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N with pre-determined overclocking potential.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N Edition graphics card was designed to provide absolutely the highest overclocking potential among all adapters based on Nvidia Corp.’s GM200-310 graphics processing unit. Thanks to 12-layer custom printed circuit board, advanced 14+3 voltage regulator module (VRM) and other innovations, the new graphics card can hit clock-rates impossible on competing products. The only thing that limits performance and overclocking potential of the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N is the GPU itself, but the manufacturer seems to have solved the problem.
EVGA will offer different versions of the product with different “quality” of the GM200-310 application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The boards with “default” quality of the chip with “good” overclocking potential will cost $849, whereas versions with highest-quality ASIC and “best” overclocking potential will cost $1049. The quality of the GPU does not guarantee any specific overclock performance, but gives an idea what to expect from a particular card.
“K|NGP|N GTX 980 Ti once again represents EVGA's dedication to the enthusiast inspired hardware, bullet proof engineering and bleeding edge performance,” said Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido, an extreme overclocker who has achieved many records with EVGA hardware.
Earlier this month Mr. Lucido revealed that Nvidia “Maxwell” graphics processing units require extreme cooling methods to be overclocked beyond certain levels. Therefore, to take advantage of maximum overclocking potential of a GPU, one will need liquid nitrogen or liquid helium.
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KitGuru Says: It is obvious that overclocking capability means additional performance in games. However, charging $200 more for a chance to overclock the GPU to extreme clock-rates using extreme cooling methods seems to be an unusual decision.