For a hot minute, all the attention was on AMD and its Ryzen CPUs. Lately though, all eyes are on Nvidia's biggest-and-baddest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. To wit, EVGA has announced its quartet of cards bearing the GP102 GPU.
For the time being, EVGA will offer one Founders Edition card running at reference clock speeds with the reference-style cooler, along with three cards topped with custom thermal solutions. All cards come with an identical loadout of 11GB of 11 GT/s GDDR5X memory regardless of cooler style or core clocks. All the cards shuffle power taken in through one six-pin and one eight-pin PCIe power connector through a 7+1 phase power section. The FE card has three DisplayPort connectors and one HDMI port, while all three custom cards add a dual-link DVI-D connector to the reference port layout.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition looks like every other vendors' FE card, and runs at Nvidia's prescribed 1480 MHz base and 1582 MHz boost core clocks. We wished for a little less noise and a little more power delivery headroom when overclocking our sample FE card, but buyers looking to install a GTX 1080 Ti in a small case would do well in choosing a card with a blower-style cooler.
The next step up EVGA's product ladder is the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition Gaming. The SC trades away the reference cooler from the Founders Card in favor of EVGA's latest iteration of its dual-fan cooler. The SC doesn't have the elaborate network of temperature sensors from the iCX-fitted cards. Thermal monitoring is handled by the on-die probe alone. Clock speeds for this card and EVGA's other custom GTX 1080 Ti offerings have yet to be revealed.
Buyers seeking the thermal panopticon capabilities of EVGA's iCX monitoring can look to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming. The card has the same cooler as its SC little brother, but adds in nine thermal sensors, asynchronous fans, and a system of three LEDs for indicating the temperatures of the GPU, memory, and power delivery sections of the card.
Although EVGA is keeping quiet about clock speeds, we'll assume that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 is the fastest of the bunch. For this model, the regular iCX cooler is cast aside in favor of a novel three-fan unit. The standard LEDs for the status of the core, memory, and power delivery sections are replaced by RGB units on the FT3.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition is listed for $700 from Amazon, but is currently out of stock. The prices and release dates for the three custom cards haven't yet been announced. Buyers pick their card based on based on cooler style, final core clock speeds, and pricing, since they all share the same 10.5" x 4.4" x 1.5" (26.7 cm x 11.2 cm x 3.7 cm) dimensions.
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