While NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is ripping it up in the performance charts, the GTX 1080 is still a great graphics card - and EVGA's custom GTX 1080 SC2 iCX is a few FPS faster in all of our tests, and much quieter than the GTX 1080 Founders Edition.
4K gaming is somewhat of a possibility on Ultra detail with EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 SC2 iCX, with 40-50FPS average on most of our games, and just like every other GTX 1080 - if you drop some of the in-game visual settings down, you'll hit 60FPS average without a problem.
But I would recommend the EVGA GTX 1080 SC2 iCX for 3440x1440 gaming, as you're getting closer to 70-80FPS average. Again, with some detail drops you could get 100FPS average - perfect for the 3440x1440 @ 100Hz G-Sync displays on the market like the Acer Predator X34. 3440x1440 @ 100FPS is an awesome experience, something completely capable on the EVGA GTX 1080 SC2 iCX.
EVGA has done so much in the months between the first wave of custom GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, and the iCX-powered release. We have a top to bottom replacement of technology and services, and how much they intertwine with EVGA's awesome Precision XOC software.
I could push the card up to 2200MHz without many problems and still maintain 61C maximum temperature while the fans spun at under 1000RPM. These results are astounding when you consider EVGA opted for a dual-slot design with a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. These two facts alone make it my favorite GTX 1080 so far, as it's thinner than its competitors, and requires just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.
EVGA has once again shown its dominance in making enthusiast level graphics cards with the GTX 1080 SC2 iCX, and if they can do all of these little improvements to their cooling technology in just a few months, what will they have on the next-gen cards? EVGA continues to impress, and moving into the upcoming custom GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards is going to be an interesting journey. A journey that I'm excited to embark on with EVGA.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||90%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||95%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||95%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: EVGA is all class with the GTX 1080 SC2 iCX, with a major upgrade in its cooling technology with iCX. The best dual-slot GeForce GTX 1080 money can buy, with 2.2GHz GPU overclocking potential and silent gaming, EVGA hits yet another home run.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC2 GAMING, 8GB GDDR5X, iCX Technology - 9 Thermal Sensors & RGB LED G/P/M, Asynch Fan, Optimized Airflow Design Graphics Card 08G-P4-6583-KR retails for $584.99 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC2 GAMING, 8GB GDDR5X, iCX Technology - 9 Thermal Sensors & RGB LED G/P/M, Asynch Fan, Optimized Airflow Design Graphics Card 08G-P4-6583-KR retails for £564.16 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [EVGA's New iCX Tech Isn't JUST a Cooler Upgrade]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look]
- Page 4 [Test System Specs]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - 3440x1440]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - DX12]
- Page 11 [Performance Analysis & Final Thoughts]
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