Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a standout performer. For some, the outrageous performance must be accompanied by ludicrous styling and over-the-top features. The Galax/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF was obviously created to cater to that market segment. The card sports a built-in LCD display that shows the frequency of the graphics core and memory or custom text by way of the company's Xtreme Tuner Plus Software.
The 1080 Ti HOF's two-and-a-half slot cooler is embossed with a crown design befitting the current single-card performance champion. The crown design and the three 8-pin PCIe power connectors are backlit with RGB LEDs. Sadly, the LCD display's backlight appears to be limited to a single bluish-white color.
The card's core base clock is 1569 MHz, up 89 MHz from the reference spec. The specified boost clock is 94 MHz higher than the Founder Edition, at 1683 MHz. The memory is the GTX 1080 Ti standard-issue 11 GB of 11 GT/s GDDR5X on a 352-bit bus.
Those who repeatedly plug and unplug monitors in a darkened environment will appreciate the lights built into the card's I/O bracket. The card augments the standard GeForce GTX 1080 Ti port configuration of three DisplayPorts and an HDMI 2.0 jack with a DVI-D connector, perfect for connecting that 19" TN display from 2005. The backplate also appears to sport a button. Galax didn't say what the button does, but we imagine it resets the graphics card's clock speeds back to the factory specifications.
The card's product page lists compatibility with Windows 7-10, Linux, and FreeBSD, though we aren't sure if software exists for control of the built-in LCDs in the open-source operating systems.
Galax did not provide pricing or availability information for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF. Based on past experience, readers in North America will have to search pretty hard to be able to get their claws on one of these. In addition to an unspecified amount of money, prospective buyers will need a power supply with three 8-pin PCIe power connectors and a case capable of swallowing the card's bulky 12.9" x 6.0" x 2.2" (33 cm x 15 cm x 5.7 cm) dimensions.
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