A look at the TITAN X, Overclocking, and noise
The GTX 980 Ti is good-looking card although Nvidia’s industrial design has not changed much since the GTX 690, three years ago.
We can see that there is one dual link DVI port, three HDMI 2.0 ports. and a DisplayPort in this view of the stripped down GTX 980 Ti board.
Here you can see the GTX 980 Ti with its blower fan. It is a very decent cooling system but it is barely sufficient to cool either the TITAN X or the GTX 980 Ti under overclocked full load without becoming audible. It was far more effective for GM204 or for a near silent original Kepler TITAN as its fan didn’t need to spin up as high as it has to now with the full GM 220 or even with the slightly cut down GM220 GPU the GTX 980 Ti uses.
This series of professional pictures is by Nvidia. We simply didn’t have time for our own pictures, concentrating on performance testing with multiple configurations instead. And here is the aluminium cooler:
And here is the GTX 980 Ti with a view of the PCIe connectors which are set up for SLI, as well as for Tri- and for Quad-SLI. There is a 6-pin plus an 8-pin power connector which is useful for overclocking.
Above is also a look at the edge. The GeForce logo lights up and can even be set up to provide a light show to match your mood or the music. Here are the connectors:
The other side is just a raw PCB. The GTX 980s backplate looks much nicer than the raw PCB of the TITAN X, but evidently it was impractical to design one for the GTX TITAN X.
The chip itself is quite large but Nvidia didn’t share a photo of it..
SLI and Tri-SLI
The GTX 980 Ti is set up for SLI as well as for Tri- and Quad-SLI.
The specifications look extraordinary with solid improvements over the GM204 GTX 980.
Let’s check out performance after we look at our test configuration on the next page.