A reference gtx 980 outperforms a GTX titan black overclocked at 1300Mhz in every game i've tested so far, It also auto detects ultra settings for certain games such as fallout 4, dirt rally and just cause 3. It oddly achieves a higher frame-rate and a much more consistent performance vs the titan black. A card with 6gb of vram card which is overclocked higher than the ref. GTX 980 . During my testing i assumed the CPU was strangly giving a advantage because the GTX 980 was paired with a i7 6700k at stock turbo frequency. I therefore replaced the 980 with a titan black and installed the gtx 980 into my machine paired with i7 4790k. The results remained the same. The gtx 980 destroyed the Titan black in performance and framerate. Even with the gtx 980 set to a frequency of 1216mhz and 7000mhz ram. It performed better than a gtx titan black at 1300mhz in fallout 4 and grand theft auto V. Unbelievable! The performance in Just cause 3 with the titan black compared to the gtx 980 was abysmal. Overclocking made no difference and a reference gtx 980 with a 256 memory bus outperformed a titan black in every game which by the way has a 356 bus, a 1300mhz overclock and 6 gb vram. Fallout 4 autodetects ultra with the gtx 980 and low for the titan black banana. At ultra settings it performs smoothly on the 980 while the titan black struggles on ultra preset. Dropping it to the high preset helps it perform acceptable. At this moment i thought of issues with the Titan black so i used a 780 ti overclocked. The results were mostly the same. The 700 series are forgotten to nvidia. After reaching my conclusion, i've learned that nvidia has completely abandoned its previous series (700 series) and that even a gtx 980 can obliterate a titan black overclocked. Also learned never to buy another titan brand due to nvidia butchering its performance for the next flagship series mainly in the 80's bracket... Does the 970 has this performance advantage also? I can only imagine how nvidia will butcher the titan x when pascal arrives this year. Will nvidia abandon the 900 series when pascal arrives as it did with the 700 series? More than likely they will.