NVIDIA Founder's Edition - what's up with that?
When NVIDIA announced the new GeForce GTX 1080, the company unveiled the new GTX 1080 Founders Edition, leaving many of us, press included, scratching our heads. So, what is the Founders Edition exactly?
The Founders Edition is a GeForce GTX 1080 designed and built by NVIDIA, with NVIDIA engineers opting to use premium materials and components. The GTX 1080 Founders Edition is made using a die cast aluminum body and low-profile backplate (a huge win over the chunky backplate of the Titan X, for example), all machine finished and heat treated for strength and rigidity, says NVIDIA.
NVIDIA's new thermal solution on the GTX 1080 Founders Edition was "designed to maintain consistent performance even in the most thermally challenging environments, including multi-GPU setups and small form factor chassis". NVIDIA continued, explaining that the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition was "built around a radial fan with advanced vapor chamber cooling" and "moves all heated air outside the chassis. A metal base plate on top of low profile components provides clean air channels for the best thermal performance and acoustics".
The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition was "designed with a low impedance power delivery network, custom voltage regulators and a 5-phase dual-FET power supply optimized for clean power delivery". NVIDIA has redesigned the power supply on the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, from a 4-phase to a 5-phase dual-FET design. The card is built for the best bandwidth, phase balancing, and acoustics.
NVIDIA was able to increase the power efficiency of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition by 6% compared to the GTX 980, with peak-to-peak voltage noise reduced from 209mV to 120mV, allowing for much improved overclocking.
All in all, the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is a beautiful card packed with top notch design, looks, and performance.
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