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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ review: See how this card unleashes Maxwell's true power

Brad Chacos | June 29, 2015
Heading into this week, I eagerly anticipated reviewing the most powerful single-GPU graphics card to ever grace PCWorld's test bench--and I wasn't disappointed. But the card that claimed that title wasn't the one I expected! While AMD's new, hotly anticipated Radeon R9 Fury X is a beast in its own right, the title of new heavyweight champion instead lies with EVGA's $680 GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ with ACX 2.0+ (whew!), a custom-cooled, overclocked variant of Nvidia's ferocious GTX 980 Ti.

Bottom line

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+'s outstanding performance comes as no surprise. The reference GTX 980 Ti was already a beast in every sense of the world, so slapping a slick custom cooler on it and cranking the clock speeds was guaranteed to turn the GTX 980 Ti SC+ into a true barn-burner. EVGA's excellent build quality and design thoughtfulness is just icing on the delicious cake.

You could push frame rates to even more blistering levels with esoteric liquid-cooling solutions that allow for higher overclocks--witness EVGA's own GeForce GTX 980 Ti Hydro Copper and GeForce GTX 980 Ti Hybrid, with their insane 1,228MHz boost clock speeds out of the box, for evidence of that. Meanwhile, some other cards, like MSI's GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G, manage to push the boost clock speeds beyond that. Those cards would no doubt hit frame rates even higher than the ones the GTX 980 Ti SC+ achieved here.

But as it stands, the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ is hands-down the fastest single-GPU graphics card we've ever tested, barely coming in second to only the formidable dual-GPU Radeon R9 295x2 (and its integrated closed-loop water cooler) in our testing. It's a thrilling example of the kind of firepower that a custom-cooled, sped-up GTX 980 Ti can bring to the table--something that the flagship Titan X and Fury X can't offer, with Nvidia and AMD locking those cards down to reference designs only.

Hail to the new king, baby.

Finally, the sterling performance of the $680 GTX 980 Ti SC+ is yet more proof that gamers should pass on the beastly $1000 Titan X, even with the latter's 12GB of RAM. If you picked up one of those Titan X's when it was the clear lord of the land a few scant months ago...well, there's a reason that graphics card lust is the cruelest obsession.

 

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