Gigabyte GTX980Ti G1 Gaming Review
The packaging conforms to the G1.Gaming branding with the eye and G1.Gaming logo taking pride of place. We still find it disappointing, if understandable, that nVidia requires the card model to be in a pre-designed box and colour scheme. Round the back are the explanations for the technologies advertised on the front and a look at how much is going on with the Windforce cooler.
The Windforce is one of the great unsung coolers of our time. There was a period when Gigabyte had a stock design they applied to everything regardless of PCB size. This meant that although the cooling was good the looks were disappointing. They've overcome that issue and the G1.Gaming definitely looks gorgeous with neutral greys accenting the main black. As to why Gigabyte have chosen grey we'll soon reveal. The backplate is a work of laser-cutting joy with plenty of ventilation and a lovely aesthetic.
The Windforce cooler has six heatpipes. One smaller 6mm one and 5 beefy 8mm offerings. This gives enormous passive cooling capabilities when just shunting windows around your desktop, enough in fact to stop the fans entirely.
The Windforce logo was something of a bone of contention on the old GTX980, such was its searing blue hue. Now we'll grant you that more people have a blue rig than a green one, but it still dominated proceedings. For the GTX980Ti G1.Gaming Gigabyte have produced a stroke of genius, allowing us to choose the colour of the logo. It might not be full-spectrum RGB but it's damn close.