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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review - A Massive Surprise

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 18, 2016 1:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Performance Summary


Now that I've reviewed a handful of custom GeForce GTX 1080s like the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G, EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 and ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, I can begin to form a better opinion on which one will suit people better. GIGABYTE has some impressive stuff going on with its GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming graphics card, which is mostly centered on the use of a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.




You'd think that the additional 6 or 8-pin PCIe power connectors on the other cards would help with overclocking, but they really don't all that much. I had nearly as much success with passing 2GHz on the GPU with GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming and its single 6-pin PCIe power connector as I did with the other custom GTX 1080s and their additional PCIe power connectors.




After years of not having GIGABYTE graphics card samples here on TweakTown, it's so good to have them working together with us again, as they've surprised me the most out of all of the AIB partners so far. With just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, GIGABYTE can compete with the other companies who are using 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors, and the performance is very similar.


The overclocking headroom is still there, with over 2GHz+ easily achievable on the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming graphics card. This means you can have a smaller PSU like a quality 400W unit, and not fret over being able to overclock it. The single 8-pin PCIe power connector will handle everything you can throw at it with the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card.



Better yet, if you wanted to throw the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming cards in SLI, you won't need more than 500W. This is kinda crazy considering the amount of sheer GPU horsepower you'd have with two of these cards in SLI, but hey - it's all thanks to the efficient NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the 16nm FinFET process, and GIGABYTE's awesomely crafted GTX 1080 G1 Gaming graphics card.



Final Thoughts


GIGABYTE has completely surprised me with their efforts on the GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card, and what's possible with some excellent engineering, cooling technology, and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. This is the new recommendation for those who don't want to push their card heavily in the overclocking department and don't want their PSU stressing out too much.


For those who want to build a new mITX gaming PC, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming is a perfect choice. The low power consumption and heat output are a one-two punch combo that will dominate any rig.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)100%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE, how have you done this? The GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming has a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and still manages to fight off the best cards on the market. Beyond impressive.

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