Oh how I should have waited. We knew the Kingpin edition was coming. Pictures were teased July 12th from the Kingpin forums itself.
Several people (some buddies and I included) bought the EVGA 980TI Superclocked and have been very underwhelmed with the ASIC values of these cards. (Still satisfied with the performance) For those of you who were like me a few months ago and have no clue what ASIC is, EVGA sums it up very well.
ASIC stands for “application-specific integrated circuit”, which is a general term used to describe a processor designed for a specific task. All GPU’s have varying levels of ASIC QUALITY levels, which can be read from applications like GPU-Z. The higher the ASIC quality, the rarer the GPU and the higher potential there is for a better overclock. Of course, this can vary and does not guarantee any specific overclock.
My ASIC value is a 67, while my friends was a 66. Ordering a card that you know will get a certain ASIC value allows you to reach your target Overclocking easier, and have more confidence when buying. This sounds fantastic, however I also noticed that when I use my stock clock of 1102, I get 86.89 fps in Tomb Raider. With the clock cranked up to 1350, I reached 99. Now I’m sure the gain between games will differ, and for bragging rights or for the absolute best fps this is seemingly the way to go. With a 200 dollar difference in a 72+ ASIC to an 80+ ASIC, is it worth it? Let us know in the comments below.
Sources: EVGA, Kingpin.