The GTX 1080 is using the new GP104 graphics core based on the 16nm FinFET Pascal Architecture. With a total of 2560 CUDA cores. Its pair with 8GB GDDR5X, the 256-bit memory interface runs at 10Gb/sec, helping to drive 1.7x higher effective memory bandwidth than delivered by regular GDDR5. This specs alone makes the GTX 1080 4k gaming ready with maximum resolution 7680×4320@60Hz and VR ready. You run up to 4 displays if you fit to do so. The Gigabyte variant the core clock speed are:
Base: 1784 MHz & Boost: 1936 MHz in OC mode
Base: 1759 MHz & Boost: 1898 MHz in Gaming mode
Looking at the IO:
Standard mode (Dual-link DVI-D*1, DP1.4*3, HDMI 2.0b*1)
VR mode (Dual-link DVI-D*1, DP*1, HDMI*3)
With a published 180watt TDP, recommended PSU would be 500watts minimum. The card requires 2x 8-pin to power the card. It come with a 4 year warranty which you can register online to get the warranty cert. The big change for gigabyte cards range its their cooling system, featuring 3x 100mm fans that is stacked on top one another, twice the airflow compared to 3x 80mm fans, it able to cover a wide area of the heat sinks. The unique blade fan design enhances airflow by 23%. The fan now have a longer life span as it features double ball bearing structure up to time more than conventional one, so expect this card to last very long time in your PC builds.
The angular fins design on the heat sink helps to reduce noise and better cooling as the airflow is forced to touch the angle surface as the flow travel nearly in a straight line. It can improve cooling up to 4x. For our temperature tests, we ran Witcher III and cryptocurrency mining software to push the card to its limits. Surprisingly, it hovers around 68-70 degrees without getting any higher. The large copper base plate which combines the composite heat pipes and directly contacting the GPU and VRAM is aimed to efficiently transfer heat generated from the interior cores to the heat sink for better cooling.
Gigabyte includes with their GTX 1080 a thing called Xtreme VR Link whereby it mounts to either the 5.25” bays for easy access from the front for VR devices or by taking up one backside bracket should you want to connect it from there. In standard mode, the Xtreme VR link will be disabled and the all the I/O on the rear of the card would be accessible as usual. In VR mode however, 2 Display Ports would be disabled on the cards I/O as the 2 HDMI inputs on the Xtreme VR link become active and ready for your VR while the other ports on the card would function as usual allowing you to to connect to a display simultaneously.
To fine tune, the cards performance, Gigabyte introduces their new intuitive Xtreme Engine. The previous Gigabyte GTX 970 Windforce edition uses their OC Guru software. Here you can monitor and adjust clock speeds, voltage, fan performance, power target, in real-time though this intuitive interface.
The GTX1080 is Nvidia’s current monster child. Gigabyte has taken it and moulded it into their own image. I like the GTX 970 Windforce edition as it mimics those Tron motorcycles. But, I say this is one of the more sexy cards out there. It sports RGB lighting in all the right places, the X on the front of the fan shield, and the Xtreme Gaming logo and the fan stop light. Plus, they’re all styled well and made out of aluminium. The back plate is a nice touch as well. As much dope this card is, it’s not for everyone given the pricing. But, if you have lots of moolah (monies) to throw on a card and you really dig VR, then this should be in your consideration. Yes, it doesn’t reach 60fps on some games (at ridiculous max settings), but the frame rates are very respectable and very much playable (at max settings). If I had this much money to go ham on a new gaming rig, I’d definitely pick one of these up.
Check our Real Life Overwatch Gaming for FPS and Temperature score for GTX 1080.