It was back in 1995 when ASUS launched its first graphic card and now, it launched its limited gold edition graphic card GTX 980 to celebrate its 20 years of contribution and success. Asus cranked the GPU to 1,431MHz, up from Nvidia’s reference specification of 1,126MHz. It’s even higher than Nvidia‘s 1,216MHz reference boost clockspeed.
On top of the card is a 20th Anniversary designation. More than just eye candy, it changes color depending on load — blue is a light load, orange is a medium load, red is a heavy load, and green means you’re back in safe mode, or default clocks. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory remains untouched at 7,010MHz on a 256-bit bus, though the clockspeed and gold colored cooling solution aren’t the only standouts. The card boasts high quality components that should stand up better to overclocking, and the cooling apparatus boats 0dB fan technology that cools 15 percent better than reference and runs three times quieter, according to Asus.