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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



GIGABYTE hasn't gone too crazy with the GPU clocks on its GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card, as it's saved the best for the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, which we'll be reviewing very soon. There is a big difference between GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming and the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming (and most of the other custom GTX 1080s, really) in that GIGABYTE used a single 8-pin PCIe power connector on the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming.





This might not sound like a lot, but there are a couple of big points here that I'll highlight. Firstly, a single 8-pin PCIe connector means that GIGABYTE doesn't need another 75-150W from an additional 6 or 8-pin PCIe connector. It does everything it needs to from a single 8-pin PCIe connector.



Secondly, GIGABYTE can push the GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming into different markets where gamers might want an upgrade, but don't want to be pushing their PSU to its limits. You can be safe in buying the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming and having your system not pass 300W of total power consumption.



Detailed Look


I've got to say that I'm digging the retail box of the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card - so let's take a closer look.




GIGABYTE has decided on a very Transformers-like box for their GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card, but I really like it. In the bottom left, we can see that the card has their WINDFORCE cooling technology, RGB lighting, and that this is the OC Edition card. In the bottom right, we have NVIDIA's various Pascal-based technologies in GameWorks, Ansel, VRWorks, and DX12.




On the back of the box, GIGABYTE details its impressive WINDFORCE 3X cooling system and the RGB lighting which has 16.8 million customizable colors at its disposal.




Here we have the front of the card, with the WINDFORCE 3X cooler looking nice and mean. The orange and black color theme that GIGABYTE has used looks awesome, too.




GIGABYTE has used a large black backplate on their GTX 1080 G1 Gaming, which keeps the rear of the card and all of its PCB protected, and running cooler.




We have the standard 3 x DP 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b and DVI output on the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card.




Here we have the top of the card, with some GIGABYTE branding (which will light up), a tease of their FAN STOP technology where the fans, will - uh, stop - based on the load of the GPU. To the right, we can see the single 8-pin PCIe power connector.




If you want an even more powerful setup, you can throw the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming cards in SLI.



WINDFORCE 3X - Triple-Fan Goodness


GIGABYTE has an elaborate cooling system with its WINDFORCE 3X cooling system, which is what we're going to jump into now. It's an incredible system that is super-quiet, making absolutely no noise during our gaming and benchmarking sessions.




WINDFORCE 3X has three pure copper composite heat pipes, a special fin architecture, unique blade fan design, and more.




Unique blade fan design, you say? Yeah, GIGABYTE has the airflow split through the triangle fan edge and guided through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, which culminates in increasing the airflow by 23% over traditional fans.




We also have 3D active fans with LED indicators, so they'll be off when the GPU isn't under load, while the LED fan indicator will let you know if the fans are off, or not.




The composite heat pipes have both thermal conductivity and phase transition for getting rid of the heat from the GP104 GPU as efficiently as possible, as the two solid interfaces increase the cooling capacity.




GIGABYTE has used pure copper heat pipes that are shaped specifically to maximize the direct contact area to the GPU, providing you with improved cooling on the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card.




No graphics card released in 2016 would be worth buying if it didn't have RGB lighting, right?!




GIGABYTE wants to make your overclocking experience on the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming easier than normal, with one-click super overclocking through their XTREME Engine overclocking utility. Not only that but GIGABYTE's G1 Gaming range of cards "guarantee higher overclocking capability in terms of excellent power switching, ensuring the highest performance without compromising system reliability".




The card also has some smart power LED indicators, which will alert you when the PCIe voltage is unstable.

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