THETI-TULAR CHILD RETURNS
by Back in May, we tested NVIDIA’s most powerful single GPU graphics card in the GeForce lineup, the GTX TITAN X. Back then, we didn’t just test out a single card, but instead installed two TITAN X cards so that we could benchmark them in a dual SLI configuration. Needless to say, the results were staggeringly and phenomenally mind-blowing. Alas, for all its power and the games that the SLI setup could run, the card’s steep price tag of RM4,500 is a core reason that many PC gamers have refrained from even considering it. However, if you’re still looking for a highend GeForce graphics card, you might want to consider the recently-released GeForce GTX 980 Ti. It’s the reworked and massively improved version of the GeForce GTX 980, and for this issue, we got it in our lab for testing. The TITAN X’s GM200 GPU was essentially just a show of power, a show of force if you will, proving to the world what the card is capable of. But as far as gaming goes, there’s a reason that cards like the GeForce GTX 970, GTX 980 and (more recently) the GTX 980 Ti are made. The GTX 980 Ti is essentially a more refined, gaming-focused variant of the same GPU, and it’s fitted with 6GB of memory, half that of the TITAN X. Now, before you start thinking that the reduction is in any way significant, remember that other high-end graphics cards are loaded with a bare minimum of 4GB GDDR5 memory. One of the many improvements that NVIDIA made to the GTX 980 Ti was on its thermal output and power draw. Compared to the way that the TITAN X drew power, the GTX 980 Ti actually draws significantly less power under a full load and when idle, as you can see in the charts on this Lab Exam. The GTX 980 Ti is no slouch either. The card is packing 2,816 CUDA cores, and just like the TITAN X, it can perform 96 ROPS, and even has a Texture Fill Rate (TMU) of 192 cycles per second. In other words, this card still has enough power to run almost all of today’s games at Ultra HD (4K) resolution seamlessly, with minimal amount of lag.