MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 980Ti ‘OC’ 6GB Graphics Card Review

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Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures


Noise

Everyone has their own reasonable noise level when it comes to comes to components in a computer. Some can handle all fans at 100% load to keep temperatures down, some want a completely silent computer.

sound

MSI has produced a great cooling design here, especially so considering how thin the card is.

Power Consumption

With electricity becoming increasingly expensive across most parts of the world the need for computer components to become power efficient has never been more relevant. Graphics cards are often the most power-hungry components inside a desktop system so having an efficient graphics card is very important to keeping power bills under control. Power is often correlated to heat and so lower power consumption means a graphics card is likely to run slightly cooler and put out less heat into your system meaning your other components will run cooler with improved longevity. AMD and Nvidia have both made power consumption an integral part of the way graphics cards dynamically overclock so the need for graphics card vendors to use efficient VRM and PCB designs is becoming important to maximise performance. We take power readings after 5 minutes of two different load scenarios: desktop idle and Unigine Heaven load.

power

I guess the card had to fail at some point, with a simply HUGE power increase.

Temperatures

The cooling solution which graphics card vendors choose to implement is one of the main differences that consumers have to contend with when choosing a graphics cards. Apart from their acoustic properties, the thermal properties of graphics card coolers are extremely important. Lower temperatures are always better and with AMD and Nvidia opting to use dynamic overclocking algorithms that take temperature into account it is important that graphics card vendors use high performance cooling solutions in order to maximise performance. The era of graphics cards reaching dangerous temperatures are now in the past but the importance of lower temperatures still remains. Lower temperatures mean better stability, longer component longevity and lower fan speeds .We take temperature readings after 5 minutes of two different load scenarios: desktop idle and Unigine Heaven load. We always record actual temperatures and make a note of the ambient; in the case where more than 1 GPU is used an average is created.

temp

NVIDIA has a temperature cap of 83°c, as seen with the Titan X and reference GTX 980Ti, however, MSI managed to keep not only the stock card, but overclocked card chilled to almost the same temperature.

Article Index

  1. Introduction and Packaging
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Software Overview
  4. Test Systems and Procedures
  5. 3DMark
  6. Batman: Arkham Knight
  7. Battlefield 4
  8. Bioshock Infinite
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. Hitman Absolution
  11. Metro Last Light
  12. Tomb Raider
  13. Unigine Valley
  14. Compute Performance
  15. Overclocking and Overclocked Performance
  16. Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures
  17. Final Thoughts
  18. View All

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2 Comments on MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 980Ti ‘OC’ 6GB Graphics Card Review

  • Avatar F. Moussa says:

    With a custom fan profile i was able to keep the temps just at 70 degrees. Very strong cooling found on the MSI 980 Ti Gaming.

  • Avatar F. Moussa says:

    With a custom fan profile i was able to keep the temps just at 70 degrees. Very strong cooling found on the MSI 980 Ti Gaming.

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