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Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming 4GB Video Card Review

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 Gigabyte GTX 980 GV-N980G1 Gaming-4GD Video Card Overview

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The length of the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 gaming is just over 31 cm or 12 inches. The fan shroud is light weight aluminum and has an industrial look.

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The GTX 980 G1 Gaming requires dual slots for installation, but it measures only 43mm tall.

DSC_4412On the back of the card is a full length metal plate. This helps support and stabilize the card as well as give it a nice finished look when viewed through a case window. The cooler on the card is somewhat heavy so having the back plate prevents PCB flexing, which could damage the traces on the PCB.

DSC_4408Connection wise, the GTX 980 G1 Gaming has two DVI (DVI-D & DVI-I), three DisplayPort and one HDMI ports. Gigabyte’s Flex Display technology allows up to four displays in various combinations. Type A which involves using the two DVI ports, the HDMI port and one DisplayPort or Type B which can use the HDMI, DVI-I and two of the DisplayPorts.

DSC_4410Dual 8-pin PCI-E connectors feed additional auxiliary power whereas the reference card from Nvidia uses two 6-pin connectors. When you take into account Gigabyte’s claims of great overclocking, higher power delivery is needed. Each 6-pin connector can deliver 75W of additional power but each 8-pin PCI-E connectors can provide up to 150W. With the PCI-E slot providing 75W, and two 150W 8-pin PCI-E AUX connectors, the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming can pull 375W.

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.
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