We sort-of-thought the GTX 1080 was a done deal, and that everyone had shown their cards. As it turns out, Gigabyte's not done yet. The company has released another card, the GTX 1080 Turbo OC 8G. Unlike the rest of its stable of top-end GeForces, the new card wears a blower fan. Despite the airflow disadvantage this presents versus the other cards, the Turbo OC card is still rated for 1797 MHz boost clock in OC mode, and 1771 MHz in Gaming mode.
Blower coolers can do a good job, but they usually aren't quiet doing it. Gigabyte makes no claims about the silence of the card—as expected—but does say that the cooler is a custom "heatpipe direct touch" design. The cooler itself has an interesting visual design that recalls some design elements from Gigabyte's G1 and Xtreme families.
Besides the long, uh, length, the GTX 1080 Turbo OC is otherwise quite compact. That characteristic, in concert with the blower-style cooler design, should make the card especially suitable for smaller builds in cases where airflow is a concern, or for SLI rigs. The new card also only requires a single 8-pin power connector to do its thing.
The GeForce GTX 1080 Turbo OC 8G doesn't appear to have hit stores yet, at least in the US, and Gigabyte hasn't announced how much it will cost.
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