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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - The Best VR Graphics Card?

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 6:46 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Performance Summary

 

If you're in the market for a new graphics card that can handle 1080p @ 144Hz, 1440p @ 144Hz, or 4K @ 60Hz, you're not going to be disappointed with the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card. It spits out performance like it's nothing and does so while looking mean as hell, and nearly silent.

 

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I love the big differences in style between GIGABYTE's two GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming that I've reviewed already - and loved, and the Xtreme Gaming variant. For those who want the GIGABYTE branding and experience, the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming is still a great card, but for those who want the absolute best, this is where the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming steps up to the plate.

 

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One of the big points of the card is that the Premium Pack includes GIGABYTE's awesome Xtreme VR Link, which provides a 5.25-inch bay and 2 x HDMI ports and 2 x USB 3.0 ports for easy VR connectivity. This means that you can have an HDMI cord into the rear of the graphics card for your TV, and then your VR headset into the front of the PC. Awesome stuff.

 

 

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Not only do we have great performance, a huge focus on VR, and a super-great looking card, but GIGABYTE also provides a huge four-year warranty on their Xtreme Gaming graphics cards. GIGABYTE normally offers a three-year warranty, but GIGABYTE is offering another year of warranty when you register on their Xtreme Gaming Club and register your new graphics card.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

GIGABYTE has come out smashing home runs with NVIDIA's new Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10 series, making me utterly love their new G1 Gaming and Xtreme Gaming offerings. They're both great cards, but the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming is a notch or two above the G1 Gaming thanks to the increased performance, improved overclocking headroom, and the Xtreme VR Link - which for me as a VR enthusiast, is super important.

 

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Sure, right now you might not own an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but GIGABYTE is looking into the future. You can buy the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming today and a VR headset six months from now and be ready with not just a graphics card that can handle VR performance wise, but with the 5.25-inch drive bay and its additional USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, you're ready to rock and roll in a much more convenient way.

 

Right now it really doesn't matter which GeForce GTX 1080 you buy - they are so close to each other in terms of performance, power consumption, and price - but GIGABYTE has stepped outside of those safe boundaries with the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming and the VR Premium Pack.

 

This is where GIGABYTE is shining, providing a VR-ready graphics card and thinking outside of the square with the 5.25-inch bay and additional USB 3.0 ports and HDMI connectivity. This is a huge deal, as you can buy the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming and be as future proof as you can with a great graphics card, and ready for VR gaming.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)100%
Bundle, Packaging & Software100%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming has great performance, an awesome cooler, and a VR Premium Pack that provides USB 3.0 + HDMI ports for the front of your PC. What more could you want?!

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