inno3D iChill GTX980 Review

Conclusion

inno3D iChill GTX980 Review

Conclusion

In a similar way to motherboards, the hardware that underpins any GTX980 is so consistently good that the difference between the various versions is largely reliant upon the extras that a particular manufacturer chooses to add.

inno3D have knocked it out of the park.

We'll start with the one click overclock software. Overclocking any GPU is fairly simple these days thanks to an array of excellent tools, but even then it requires a balance between the voltages and the clockspeeds, and then tons of testing to make sure that it remains stable and within the thermal limits in every scenario. inno3D have circumvented this by utilising a very good application which takes the guesswork, the time sink and the hassle out of overclocking your graphics card. There are three settings, 2%, 5% and 10%. There is no reason at all not to hit the 10% one straight away as the other two are so low as to have negligible benefits just watch your benchmarks score and make sure you get a healthy boost or you will be better off leaving it at stock. If you really demand control then you can switch to the advanced mode which has all the features you'd expect to find from a similar application - ASUS GPU Tweak or MSI Afterburner - but when the easy mode is this good it would be strange to bother.

Of course a fantastic clock speed is pointless if the card is louder than a concert by The Who or hotter than the Sun, so it's great to see the complication iChill cooler having a brilliantly low load temperatures and equally low noise levels. We think the cooler looks fantastic and the extra fan on the side, which might be considered a little gimmicky, actually makes a big difference to the temperatures too. Any time you can get under 60°C under load with an overclock has to be considered a triumph. A huge success. It's hard to overstate our satisfaction.

If you're in the market for a GTX980, and who isn't, then there is very little reason to choose anything but the inno3D iChill GTX980. Whether you want the insanely easy overclocking, manual overclocking, or just the blistering speed the card comes with out of the box, you're guaranteed to be satisfied. We love the looks, we adore the fact we can turn the lights off, and we particularly enjoy the relentlessly high performance. Unquestionably Gold Award winning.

  

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03-12-2014, 05:41:58

barnsley
Yay finally someone else sings the praises of Inno3D's rather bonkers cards.

The "iChill Herculez X4 Air Boss Ultra" cards are mad, my only real complaint is you can't seem to get them in their DHS flavour, so you could end up with a crap overclocker. If I wasn't constricted by card sizes/cooler types in my rig I'd get one.Quote

03-12-2014, 08:47:57

Asen
I know it's not about it, but the 980 Strix is aways above, even above this aircooled beast.Quote

03-12-2014, 08:55:41

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Asen View Post
I know it's not about it, but the 980 Strix is aways above, even above this aircooled beast.
The overclocked Strix is - the results for this are at stock. Admittedly the overclocking was a it meh thoughQuote

03-12-2014, 10:37:47

Dicehunter
Great review but you might want to change the version of GPU-Z you have on these screenshots as you're using 0.7.8 and the latest is 0.8.0 shows the proper stats for Maxwell, 0.7.8 shows incorrect numbers for -

ROPs/TMU's should read 64/128 but on 0.78. they show 32/170

Texture Fillrate should read 80-90 depending on the overclock and on 0.7.8 it shows 40

Pixel Fillrate should read around 160 depending on the overclock and on 0.78. it shows 200+Quote

03-12-2014, 14:17:00

NeverBackDown
Guess 50mm fans aren't useless then. I'm impressed by this card. Even though its odd looking

FYI Tom for CoH2, don't bother with SLI/Xfire. It won't work. That game is notoriously known for not working with it. It's the game engine design that doesn't utilize it right. AMD and Nvidia at around the game's launch actually recommends not using multi-gpu setups. Something to do with AFR and being CPU dependent. In fact its so dependent on the CPU that upgrading to a more powerful cpu will probably get you better results than adding another gpu.Quote
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