This is our new section for video card reviews, with DX12 and VR becoming a huge deal over the course of the last 12 months. We have just a handful of DX12 tests right now, so expect this section of the site and our reviews to grow considerably over the coming months.
The same goes for VR, where we have both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in house now. We will be testing VRMark for now, which is in Preview form, as well as our thoughts on VR gaming on the HTC Vive with the new GeForce GTX 1080 video card.
DirectX 12 Performance
We have Ashes of the Singularity and Hitman with DirectX 12, with some great results from EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 video card.
Overclocking Adventures - I Expected More...
When I found out that the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 was on its way, I expected big things from it. I knew the performance would nail the GTX 1080 Founders Edition, but I wanted to see another 10-15% on top, and sadly - we never reached those heights.
This isn't EVGA's fault, as it seems that all GeForce GTX 1080 cards aren't capable of being pushed much past the heights of the GTX 1080 Founders Edition. EVGA has done its best with the ACX 3.0 cooling technology on the GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 card, with silent gaming and a little wiggle room for overclocking. I was able to reach 2075MHz on the Boost, which is a damn good result - but it wasn't completely stable in our suite of benchmarks.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 was much more comfortable at around 2050MHz, which is where we kept it for our overclocking adventures. I was able to squeeze an additional 375MHz on the RAM, and when both were pushed to their maximum OC, the GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 and our test bed consumed around 350W of power, 60W more than the 290W at stock speeds.
The additional performance was welcomed, as you can see in our 3DMark FireStrike benchmarks:
3DMark Fire Strike - 1080p
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme - 1440p
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra - 4K (3840x2160)
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