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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



NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is a super-fast card, with AIB partners adding their own spices to their custom GTX 1080s. GIGABYTE has placed some of its best work on the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card, with a triple-fan cooler, factory overclock, VR-ready, and so much more. As for detailed specifications, here's what GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card has to offer.




GIGABYTE provides two overclocked modes on the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming: OC and Gaming mode. In the Gaming mode, the card has a 1759/1898MHz GPU clock for base and boost, respectively. In the OC mode, the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming has its GPU clocked at 1784/1936MHz for base and boost, respectively.




Detailed Look


This is the part you've all been waiting for: a detailed look at the amazing work GIGABYTE has done on the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card. We'll start with the box, and move onto the graphics card itself.




I've got to say that GIGABYTE nailed the retail packaging on their GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card. There's not a shot of the card itself on the front of the box - which is surprising, but the overall color scheme - and the fact that there's no shot of the card on the front of the box, says a lot.




Everything happens on the back of the box, where GIGABYTE details its impressive Xtreme VR Link, Xtreme Cooling, Xtreme SLI bridge, Xtreme performance, Xtreme outlook and Xtreme protection. I'm beginning to feel a trend here, but I just can't quite put my finger on it.




Aaaaand, we have the money shot. The front of the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card, with its silver and black accents, looks absolutely awesome in person. We have 3 x 100mm stack fans on the card, which keep it nice and cool.




Around the back, we have a huge backplate and some Xtreme Gaming branding.




There's some more Xtreme Gaming branding on the top of the card, and we get a better look at the elaborate heat-pipe system GIGABYTE has deployed on the card.




The mammoth heat sink can be seen at the bottom of the card, keeping the CPU, VRAM, and VRMs nice and cool.




GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming is powered by 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and towards the end of the card, we can see the are some fins on the heat sink that are completely bent. I've been reading other reports that some of these cards are shipping with bent fins, which isn't nice at all when you plonk down this type of money on a graphics card.




On the end of the card, there are two HDMI ports that will connect to the Xtreme VR Link kit that GIGABYTE provides, which will give you additional HDMI ports on the front of your gaming PC for easy access to your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset.




For display connectivity, we have 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI and 1 x DVI.



Cooling Technology


GIGABYTE has put considerable effort into the cooling technology on the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card, so we're going to break it down bit by bit for you.




GIGABYTE uses 3 x 100mm stack fans on the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming.




The WINDFORCE cooler stack 3x cooling system uses a unique blade fan design, double ball bearing structure, angular fin design, and six composite heat pipes to provide one of the best coolers on a graphics card yet.




GIGABYTE demonstrates how the 3 x 100mm stack fans compare against the 3 x 80mm standard fans.








Just how good are the stack fans? Pretty damn good.




There's some great work going on with the composite heat pipes, which combine the thermal conductivity and phase transition for efficiently managing the transfer of heat between two solid interfaces, providing a 29% increase in cooling capacity.




GIGABYTE has also used a huge copper plate that provides direct contact with the GPU and VRAM for improved cooling.




GIGABYTE's Xtreme Gaming range of graphics card have the industry's first 0dB semi-passive fan design, something the company introduced all the way back in 2007. The fans will not spin up until the GPU hits a certain load or temperature, with a "FAN STOP" LED indicator on the top of the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card.




You've got 16.8 million customizable color options on the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming so that you won't get bored nor will you have a graphics card that doesn't look unique.


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