Let's start with our photo-shoot. A few pages that show the ins and outs with photos, all taken with an in-house photo-shoot of course.
So, the KFA2 GeForce GTX 980 Ti is offered as a "HOF" (Hall Of Fame) Edition. You will spot a nice white PCB with, on it, two PCI-Express connectors in the form of 8-pin power headers to feed da beast. Of course the new Godzilla version of a cooler is being used, which had an aesthetic upgrade as there are chrome reflective elements on there (totally tacky btw, not my style). It is rather bulky at roughly a 2.5 slot design though, but more on that in a jiffy.
Board partners are able to release the Ti model cards in their own configurations, including different cooling solutions. The default mode base clock is clocked at 1190 MHz, with a boost allowance up-to 1291 MHz, a modest tweak compared to what the competition is doing. The memory is clocked at a reference 1,753x4 = 7.0 GHz (effective data-rate) on its 384-bit wide memory bus of 6 GB GDDR5 memory.
The card itself is a triple-slot solution, it is composite heat-pipe based, the GPU is cooled by a copper base plate connected to heat-pipes. 4x 8mm heat pipes + 3x 6mm heat-pipes (total 7 nickel-plated heat-pipes). The PCB is built on a 10 layer manufacturing process and is based on 8 phases for the GPU + 2 phase memory power.
The reference card will have a power design of roughly 250 Watts, but due to the high clocks and extensive tweaking design this card consumes way more, roughly 300 Watts as we'll show you later. Check out the backside where there is a thick sturdy metal back-plate with plenty of venting spaces applied as well.