( 4.5 Average / 8 Ratings )
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Somebody up in the NVIDIA ivory tower said "Our reference designs aren't selling unless we make them the only design available for that chip....how's about we add some sharp angles, a backplate and a vapor chamber, call it Founders Edition and charge $100 extra?" - and it worked, at least on us. The card is indeed VERY aesthetically pleasing, and is undoubtedly the best 1080 blower design - so if you're building SLI or in a small case with limited airflow, this should be your go-to.
We got it for a combination of two reasons - my friend has his eyes set on SLI in the near future, and axial GPUs choke themselves in SLI (especially with no spacing between them, as with this case). But honestly, the much bigger motivator was the fact that this card looks ******* sexy! It honestly does feel like you're holding a premium GPU, and it looks insanely good in the completed build - the fact that he loves green LEDs only adds to the appeal. And honestly, what performance differential is there between the FE and the best, best AIB card (Zotac AMP EX, for arguments sake)? Less than 10%? That translates to maybe five FPS at ultra settings.
And don't think that this is a limited GPU at all - the major limiting factor, if there is one, would have to be the radial fan. It's tuned for silence out of the box and it is indeed VERY quiet - certainly far quieter than one would expect for a radially cooled 180W GPU. But, for Boost 3.0 to do its thing, it needs power and thermal headroom, so I downloaded Afterburner and got to work!
Just increasing the power target to 120% got me like 75MHz extra, but I felt like I could get more so I added 200MHz to the core, 400MHz to the memory and set a much more aggressive fan curve, which got me a stable 1900MHz under a FurMark loop and probably more with an actual game. For now I'm satisfied, but I might try to push it even further later - the point I'm trying to make is that neither the 5+1 power system nor the small fan is in any way an obstruction to performance if you just know how to tweak properly.
Pricey, but a beast of a card. Overclocked to 1837 and this thing demolishes any title i throw at it with settings cranked to the roof!
It is not the fastest 1080 or the quietest 1080 (or the chilliest one) out there but it works well, requires no end-user tinkering to stay acceptably cool under high load (I didn't have to adjust the fan-curve but I heard some people had to), and I like the fact that it tries to push hot air out of the case, and not recycle it back in, like factory-overclocked models I've seen from third party vendors. I am confident that Nvidia folks knew what they were doing releasing this card to the public in such configuration. Needless to say, it's a very fast card and I won't use it to its full potential unless I get a higher resolution display and/or more demanding software gets released. I was considering GTX 1070 but as soon as I saw this card going on sale on Best Buy for 550 bucks--I knew I wanted it. It looks sexy as hell, if I may. It feels super solid, and everything just screams premium quality about this product. Also, I like the green LEDs that light up the card's name.. =)
P.S. I overclocked the processor to 2000mhz with the MSI Afterburner as well as the memory to 5100mhz without raising voltage. I played Elder Scrolls Online for hours in the past few days with VSync off and had no issues. Stays at 60C most of the time (but I do have a lot of extra case fans). No coil whine even with high load. This thing is priceless.
I am giving this GPU only 3 stars simply because the stock cooler leaves a lot to be desired. after gaming on this for just an hour i had already determined that i am going to be getting a waterblock for this GPU and adding it to my custom liquid cooling loop
Hard to give a 1080 a bad review. This card is amazing and way more powerful than anything I have used in the past. This card gets hot though and while the blower style is probably better for my small form factor case, this thing will thermal throttle guaranteed unless I put the fans on 100%. Card is not to loud though and looks sexy so i am happy with the purchase
Boss! For under $500. How you ask? BestBuy listed it for $549, My gf had discounts and coupons. That's how. I am stunned at the difference in graphic level from PS4 Pro and Xb1S to this. Just wow.