MicroStar International has introduced its limited edition GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Golden graphics card, which features a unique design, can work in three modes and comes with an all-copper cooling systems.
The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Golden graphics adapter is powered by Nvidia Corp.’s GM200-310 graphics processing unit (2816 stream processors, 176 texture units, 96 raster operations pipelines, 384-bit memory bus) along with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. The card is built on a custom printed circuit board with a specially designed 10-phase voltage regulator module for enhanced overclocking potential. The graphics board can work in three modes set by software:
- Silent mode: 1000MHz/1076MHz base/boost GPU frequency, 7010MHz GDDR5 memory data-rate;
- Gaming mode: 1140MHz/1228MHz base/boost GPU frequency, 7010MHz GDDR5 memory data-rate;
- OC mode: 1178MHz/1279MHz base/boost GPU frequency, 7096MHz GDDR5 memory data-rate;
Thanks to factory overclocked GPU and memory that are guaranteed to run at nearly 1200MHz/7100MHz, the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Golden should outperform Nvidia’s flagship GeForce GTX Titan X card thanks to higher compute performance (6.63TFLOPS vs. 6.14TFLOPS) and higher memory bandwidth.
In many ways, the “Golden Edition” graphics card resembles MSI’s GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G reviewed by KitGuru earlier this year. The main difference between the two is all-copper Twin Frozr V cooler on the new one versus all-aluminium cooler on the regular one. The cooler features multiple heat-pipes as well as two fans, which stop spinning in low-temperature situations. The “Golden Edition” is designed not only to look better than the original card, but also to provide more efficient cooling.
The decision to use copper radiators is a debateable one, keeping in mind the fact that while copper quickly absorbs heat, it does not quickly dissipate it, unlike aluminium, which dissipates heat rapidly. Practically all high-performance coolers use a combination of copper and aluminium.
The new MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Golden Edition will be on display at the Madrid Games Week event in Spain. The card will hit the market in the coming weeks. A small surprise will be included in the accessories box of this limited edition product.
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KitGuru Says: The Golden Edition of MSI’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G looks very impressive. But will it be actually better than the regular one? That is something for reviewers to check out!