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post #21 of 31
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I'm leaning towards a normal Classified. It's $1199 here in Australian stores so it isn't cheap but it's $50 cheaper than the Lightning.

Other options include the Galax HOF at $1149 and the Gigabyte G1 at $1149. Zotac isn't stocked here so no AMP Extreme for me.

Any advice for me?
    
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post #22 of 31
EVGA mostly for their support, since all those gpu models are great.
post #23 of 31
For what its worth to anyone.

Ive had the Kingpin 72+ and currently own the 80+. On Air.

72.5 ASIC - Core Stable OC (4K ultra) = 1475, Memory = 1975
81.7 ASIC - Core Stable OC (4K ultra) = 1535, Memory = 2000
post #24 of 31
980 ti Classified owner

Status: Very happy
ASIC: 73.9%
Stock boost clock: 1408
Game clocks: 1515/8000
Bench clocks: 1542/8100
Cooling: Air (moving to custom water loop)
Noise: Mostly quiet, never annoying
Looks: Classy tongue.gif
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post #25 of 31
Are those numbers based off 4K ultra benching? My 74% Kingpin would do 1480 stable @ 4k Ultra (Stressful)
over 1500 at 1440P and 1080P. 4k will bring them to their knees. biggrin.gif
post #26 of 31
It's all an ASIC lottery with Maxwell, so if you're doing air/water, honestly just get whatever is cheapest, which will likely be the reference card. If you want the best air-cooled card, then Gigabyte 980 Ti G1 hands down cannot be beaten. It is the only non-ref 980 Ti on the market (that I know of anyway) that provides active cooling for both memory chips and VRM mosfets. Active cooling as in the base plate actually connects to the heatpipes/heatsink like this:

cooler2.jpg

Meaning even if you were to overvolt on air you'd have no issues. As a bonus, of all the non-ref cards, it also has the cheapest waterblock. thumb.gif (waterblocks for the MSI Gaming is $10 more, and $20 more for Asus Strix)

Btw I have a 77.5% MSI 980 Ti Gaming, and I can either do 1530/7800 @ 1.2V, or 1550/8000 @ 1.25V for gaming. (told ya Maxwell doesn't really scale with voltage on air/water) Can go all the way up to 1588/8050 for benching but obviously not exactly game stable and kind of pointless for 1 FPS difference.
Edited by magnek - 10/5/15 at 8:03pm
post #27 of 31
I 2nd Magnek

The cooler the GPU the better over clock.

I have a GTX 980 ti Classified with a higher ASIC score than my friends GALAXY 980 ti HOF.

(All other pc parts are the same)

The HOF beats my card on all benchmark/gaming due to its better cooler design/lower temp.
post #28 of 31
Go for Lightning if u not OC freak. They are the most quiet Ti I ever heard with great temp. My OC Lightning reach around 67c at 60% fan speed. Even at 100% fan speed, the fan noise is quiet and produce non annoying sound.Just slow humming sound. The downside of this card is the OC potential with stock bios is average. If u OC freak go for Classified or KINGPIN coz both are great OC card. But fan noise is loud compare to Lightning. KINGPIN cherry picked their GPU meanwhile Lightning GPU more likely depend on ur luck.
post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by paskowitz View Post

980 ti Classified owner

Status: Very happy
ASIC: 73.9%
Stock boost clock: 1408
Game clocks: 1515/8000
Bench clocks: 1542/8100
Cooling: Air (moving to custom water loop)
Noise: Mostly quiet, never annoying
Looks: Classy tongue.gif
Bonus: Direct voltage monitoring through digital multimeter and dual bios
under a block i bet you'll get 1575 on the core....... my G1 will run 24/7 anything at 1575/8200.

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post #30 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by magnek View Post

Btw I have a 77.5% MSI 980 Ti Gaming, and I can either do 1530/7800 @ 1.2V, or 1550/8000 @ 1.25V for gaming. (told ya Maxwell doesn't really scale with voltage on air/water) Can go all the way up to 1588/8050 for benching but obviously not exactly game stable and kind of pointless for 1 FPS difference.

nailed it!

temps are max's friend or foe.

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