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Which one of these is the best version of the GTX 980 Ti?

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My definition of best would be a good combination of noise, temperature, and overclocking potential, in that order.

So far, I've ruled out all the really expensive models such as the water-cooled ones, MSI's Lightning, or Asus' Matrix Platinum. That leaves me with a few cards that are priced very close to each other, making it difficulty to decide which is the best.

I'm currently looking at:
  • MSI Gaming 6G (doesn't seem to be the best in any one category, but also doesn't have any weaknesses)
  • Zotac Amp Extreme (5 years warranty, but really big; quiet compared to reference design, otherwise fairly noisy)
  • Gigabyte Gaming G1 (also fairly noisy?)
  • Palit Super Jetstream (6+8-pin PCI-e rather than 8+8; seems to punch above its price-range - cherry picked review samples?)
  • KFA2 HoF (excellent temps+quiet, but only two years warranty; very few reviews available due to unavailability outside Europe, so difficult to make comparisons)

There are also some models that I see are frequently cheaper than all of the above, like the Zotac Amp, but I'm not convinced that's for me.

Anyone help would be much appreciated, especially from people who have tried several of them for various reasons.
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G1.
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G1.

Is it widespread for most of the G1's about multi-display issues? Like this one from newegg:

"2 out of 5 eggsMulti-Display Issues
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 Ti GV-N98TG1 GAMING-6GD 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card
Pros: Easy - it's a performance powerhouse. It's much quieter than I expected. I see people complaining about coil whine on here. But I haven't had any issues with that as of yet.

Cons: It would seem there is merit to other complaints about issues with ports / multiple displays. Intermittent black screen on 2nd display. I've tested the display on another PC with no issues.

Other Thoughts: My tech knowledge isn't what is used to be. But drivers are up to date and as far as I can tell there are no compatibility issues. This is a HUGE issue for me and brings my review down from 5 eggs to 2. VERY disappointing"

And also some complaints about temperatures with multi-display setups, compared to previous gen cards.
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Newegg reviews? Really?
Like the G1 is the single card that can't do multi displays or surround?

They have a dual bios.
Most will do 1500mhz
They don't have a cooling issue...in-fact, they have cooling for vrm and ram. Most maxwell cards don't spin the fans until 72c.
They can run quietly when OCd and usually cooler than other cards.
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Gigabyte or MSI, hands down.
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I will say this about my G1.

On air with the std bios I could achieve 1540/8000 without any heat issues and running a quiet fan profile. It was at least as quiet as my 980 Zotac AMP! Extreme was in that regard.

With a full block and the Ultimate G1 bios it will run 1580-5/8200 at normal ambient temps. It's currently holds the #1 980Ti Fire Strike single card score in my box. biggrin.gif

If I could get another one with same 76.5% ASIC I would and then block it.

I run multiple monitors all the time with no issues what so ever. thumb.gif

IF the warranty is really a deal breaker, and it shouldn't be, then go with the one you feel will serve you best but honestly will you run a graphics card for 5 years? whistle.gif

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Edited by ssiperko - 11/9/15 at 2:33pm
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Gigabyte or MSI, hands down.
MSI is a solid choice. I only recommend the G1 because I remember the MSI being a tad warmer but very little.
I'd be happy with either.
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IF the warranty is really a deal breaker, and it shouldn't be, then go with the one you feel will serve you best but honestly will you run a graphics card for 5 years? whistle.gif

SS
I mentioned the warranties not because it is a priority., but because if it's too hard to tell them apart through things like temperature, noise and overclocking, then the deciding factor will have to be something other than those three.

I'm now deciding between the MSI and Gigabyte cards, and they are identically priced, with identical warranties. I don't have a window in my case, so I can't even take into account aesthetics...

Still, thanks for all the input so far, everyone!
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Originally Posted by white owl View Post

Newegg reviews? Really?
Like the G1 is the single card that can't do multi displays or surround?

They have a dual bios.
Most will do 1500mhz
They don't have a cooling issue...in-fact, they have cooling for vrm and ram. Most maxwell cards don't spin the fans until 72c.
They can run quietly when OCd and usually cooler than other cards.

I've seen that said about the G1 on a couple of sites now, that's all. Issues with the dual DVI ports or something like that? I forget exactly, but was just wondering if anyone else could comment on it. Other than your snarky remarks that is.
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giga - i have owned one and when it was in my fractal design case it was very quite! Any gpu of this caliber are about the same, noise can be ..... in a case lack of cool air ....

and go for 3yrs warranty thumb.gif
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