Gigabyte G1 GTX980 Super Overclock Review

Gigabyte G1 GTX980 Super Overclock Review

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We’re still unsure if we like the new logo for the Gigabyte G1 Gaming range. Once we’ve seen it as a duck looking to the right in profile, it’s hard to unsee it. Still the box is eye catching and the swathe of black lends a purposeful look to the affair.

The Windforce cooler on the GTX980 SOC looks like the best we’ve seen in a long time. We’ve ragged on it once or twice here at OC3D, but this new generation hits all the right notes.

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The backplate is very nice, with plenty of holes for venting yet retaining the eye-catching looks of a brushed black aluminium cover with a gorgeous precision to the logo. Both the front and back of the card have lots of angles which give it a very modern, technical, look. We like it a lot and those beefy heatpipes only emphasise how nice the G1 GTX980 SOC is as a visual feast. 

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The Windforce requires 8+8 PCIe power input, which is two more than the 8+6 of the reference card. Outputs are two DVI, an HDMI and three DisplayPorts.

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