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MSI GTX980 Ti Gaming 6G

Rating: 9.0.

We have reviewed many GTX980 Ti partner cards in recent weeks and today the MSI GTX980 Ti Gaming 6G makes a somewhat belated appearance in our labs. This high end board is actually one of the cheapest flagship, overclocked Ti's currently available – hitting the £599.99 inc vat point – £30 less than the Gigabyte G1 Gaming and £60 less than the Asus STRIX Gaming Direct CU 3.
I said it many months ago, but the MSI Gaming series of cards are in my own humble opinion the finest looking of all the brands. Obviously opinions will vary but I adore the red inner fan shroud counterpointed with the black section and aggressive red claw stripes. Many of MSI's competitors have tried to copy this elegant design, but have failed. It still holds the beauty points in my book – the Cameron Diaz of graphics cards.

Aesthetically we are satisfied, however technically MSI haven't cut corners. The company are using dual Torx fans which maximise airflow and reduce flow noise – they spin down under low load situations and are designed to direct airflow towards the thick heatpipes. Obviously MSI focus on their use of ‘Military Class 4 components' which are certified to MIL-STD-810G standards for top stability and reliability. MSI are using Hi-c capacitors, solid capacitors and new SFC components  to ensure maximum longevity and stability.

GPU GeForce GTX960
Geforce GTX970 GeForce GTX980
Geforce GTX 980 Ti Geforce GTX Titan X
Streaming Multiprocessors 8 13 16 22 24
CUDA Cores 1024 1664 2048 2816 3072
Base Clock 1126 mhz 1050 mhz 1126 mhz 1000 mhz 1000 mhz
GPU Boost Clock 1178 mhz 1178 mhz 1216 mhz 1075 mhz 1076 mhz
Total Video memory 2GB 4GB 4GB 6GB 12GB
Texture Units 64 104 128 176 192
Texture fill-rate 72.1 Gigatexels/Sec 109.2 Gigatexels/Sec 144.1 Gigatexels/Sec 176 Gigatexels/Sec 192 Gigatexels/Sec
Memory Clock 7010 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz
Memory Bandwidth 112.16 GB/sec 224 GB/s 224 GB/sec 336.5 GB/sec 336.5 GB/sec
Bus Width 128bit 256bit 256bit 384bit 384bit
ROPs 32 56 64 96 96
Manufacturing Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
TDP 120 watts 145 watts 165 watts 250 watts 250 watts

The Nvidia GTX980 Ti ships with 2816 CUDA cores and 22 SM units. The memory subsystem of the GTX980 Ti consists of six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit) with 6GB of GDDR5 memory.

The MSI GTX980 Ti Gaming 6G has received a clock boost over Nvidia’s reference card, with final speeds set at 1,178 mhz(core)/1,279mhz (boost). The memory is also overclocked, from default speeds of 1,753mhz (7Gbps effective) to 1,774mhz (7.1Gbps effective) – both MSI and ASUS decided to tweak the memory a little above reference which is always good to see.

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