PNY adds a GeForce GTX 1080 to its XLR8 lineup

— 8:57 AM on September 19, 2016

PNY may not have the gamer cred of its rivals, but it's been selling custom-cooled GeForces under its XLR8 brand for many years now. The company just announced the GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8, and it looks pretty fancy. The card sports an edgy black-and-red fan shroud interrupted by three 80mm spinners. The XLR8 also only requires a single 8-pin power connector, unlike most custom-cooled GTX 1080s.

While hardcore overclockers might sneer at a board without extra power connectors, that massive cooler isn't pointless. As we saw in our review of the Asus Strix GTX 1080, the Founders Edition card can be thermally limited. Apparently, the XLR8's massive cooler works pretty well, because PNY specs the card for a GPU boost clock of 1848 MHz. The 8GB of GDDR5X memory runs at a reference-equivalent 10 GT/sec. The card's output cluster—one HDMI, one DVI, three DisplayPorts—is the same as the reference design as well. PNY's asking $659 for the card, and you can order it right now from the company's web shop.

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