Remember the teaser we saw few days ago? Well as it turned out, the card is question was indeed GTX 980 Ti (like I said), and the cooler is DirectCU3 (like I said), only it’s used for STRIX series.
How fast? See for yourself using GPU Tweak II.
How cool? Exclusive new DirectCU III technology cool.
What’s the armor for? Super Alloy Power II Components on a card made by AUTO-EXTREME Technology.
Don’t hear it coming? Nope, the 0dB fan feature is in effect.
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti is the answer you’re looking for.
The new design was probably created in anticipation for upcoming Radeon 300 series. ASUS is not the only company introducing new coolers for its new cards. Gigabyte and ZOTAC also slightly refreshed their cooler. ASUS took this to the whole new level, as triple-fan solution are not the common thing in ASUS lineup.
So far this picture is just a render, it can take weeks before we are going to see this card on the shelves.
Additionally, ASUS also announced ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti, but the photos were not released yet:
“ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti incorporates the DirectCU H2O hybrid cooling solution with a combined vapor chamber and water channels to give users cooler temperatures along with improved noise reduction for 3x quieter performance. ASUS graphics cards are produced via exclusive Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-first 100% automated process, and feature aerospace-grade Super Alloy Power II components for unsurpassed quality and reliability. ROG Poseidon GTX 980Ti also features GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaks and gameplay streaming.”