Nvidia released the GTX 980 Ti; you won't believe what Gigabyte did next


— 1:09 PM on June 1, 2015

Yep, Gigabyte has announced its own G1 Gaming version of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, complete with one of its signature low-profile, triple-fan coolers. 

The GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming deviates from Gigabyte's usual convention by busting out a black-and-silver color scheme. Gigabyte claims this WindForce cooler can dissipate as much as 600W of thermal load, which is probably about double what a heavily-overclocked GM200 would really need.

Then there's the matter of the illuminated logo across the top edge of the cooler: "In response to requests by the gaming community, GIGABYTE enhances the WINDFORCE LED emblem by offering 7 dazzling colors." No word is provided on what colors, but I'm betting on sepia, chartreuse, periwinkle, burnt ochre, teal, mauve, and coconut-lime verbena. The colors are configurable in software, so you can choose the tone that best matches your decor.

On a more practical front, the cooler's fans are semi-passive, which means they won't spin up unless necessary.

Although they were announced today alongside Nvidia's new GPU, GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming cards won't be available for purchase until late June. Gigabyte hasn't announced final clock speeds yet, either.

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