inno3D iChill GTX980 Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

inno3D iChill GTX980 Review

Test Setup

inno3D iChill GTX980
Intel Core i7-4960X @ 4.4GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133
Corsair AX1500i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64 

Overclocking

For a change today we'll be just using the supplied software and letting it sort itself out. There are two different modes, easy which is a one click solution, and advanced which unlocks all the overclocking features to your control. Trying to give you the easiest possible demonstration we're sticking with easy mode and just clicked the 10% boost. That's it. As you can see from our GPUz screenshot the core clock hit an insane 1565MHz whilst the card remained stable this didn't actually increase the benchmarks by very much. The newer Nvidia cards can appear stable in benchmarks but you have to keep an eye on your results to watch for the peak because if you keep pushing they will actually start to drop off again even though your core clock appears to go lower. We did work on the GPU core voltage and power % usage in manual mode but we couldn't get that 10% to increase our scores as much as it should have. This point is definitely something to watch if you buy this card.

inno3D iChill GTX980 Review

inno3D iChill GTX980 Review

Temperatures

The cooler unquestionably does the job it is designed to do too, with the lowest temperatures we've seen on this generation of cards. Unbelievable performance from this cooler, fully deserving of the iChill name.

inno3D iChill GTX980 Review

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Most Recent Comments

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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