While we’ve heard that AMD will be unleashing their upcoming Radeon R9 390X based on Bermuda GPU in the first half of 2015, NVIDIA partners continue to release variants of the GTX 980 graphics cards into the market. Since the launch of Maxwell architecture in last September, OCDrift have reviewed a total of two non-reference GTX 980 graphics cards which are ASUS’s Strix GTX 980 and MSI’s GTX 980 GAMING 4G.
The graphics card that we are reviewing today is the very first GTX 980 from ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) family, which is no other than the Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum. For record, this is the second Poseidon series of graphics card that we’ve ever reviewed after the Poseidon GTX 780 Platinum. On the paper, the specifications of the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum are very similar to the Strix GTX 980. It comes with the same base clock of 1178MHz and boost clock of 1279MHz. It is also designed with a completely customized PCB featuring 10-phase DIGI+ VRM Super Alloy Power design with Black Metallic Capacitors to provide a higher level of stability and capability especially during extreme overclocking.
What makes this graphics card so interesting is that you can actually choose to cool it with air cooling or liquid cooling. ASUS call the hybrid cooling solution as DirectCU H2O and they claimed that the cooler can offer up to 27°C cooler than the reference cooler. This will certainly provide more headroom for higher overclocking while maintaining the temperature as low as possible.
So, how would this graphics card fair against the ASUS Strix GTX 980 and MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G? Let’s find out more in our review as we take a look at its performance numbers and overclocking capability.
Product Link: http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/POSEIDONGTX980P4GD5/
Suggested Retail Price: RM 2,599
As mentioned earlier, the specifications of the ASUS ROG Posideon GTX 980 Platinum is identical to the ASUS Strix GTX 980. It is powered by a 28nm GM204 GPU that has 2048 stream processors, 64 ROPs and 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus. This graphics card also features NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology and has been factory overclocked with GPU base clock of 1178MHz, a boost clock of 1279MHz and the memory is clocked at 1753MHz (7012MHz effective).
Here is breakdown diagram that shows you the DirectCU H2O vapor chamber and water channel, die-cast thermal armour, fan shroud, dual dust-proof fans, DIGI+ VRM with Black Metallic Capacitors, fully customized PCB and the aluminium backplate:
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