Gigabyte GTX 1080 Turbo OC 8G is ready for SLI

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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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Blowers benefit massively from vapor-chambers, if history is anything to go by.

    Given the small cross-sectional area of the vanes in a blower design, any benefit that traditional heatpipes provide is outweighed by their physical diameter blocking the airflow through the aforementioned cross-sectional area.

    Additionally, the majority of blower-designs from OEMs completely forget to sort out the exhuast end of the card; You either see too many ports blocking the airflow, or restrictive grilles and inadequate venting. From this picture alone, I can see a huge hulking DVI port blocking off at least a quarter of the entire backplate. From the link to the Gigabyte website, I can see that you’re going to get about three-quarters of a single-slot’s worth of exhaust grille area out of the two slots available. NOT GOOD.

    IME, this will be noisy as hell because the backpressure from the restrictive exhausts and the heatpipes blocking part of the vane cross-sections will mean that fan has to spin much much harder than the reference cooler with an unobstructed air path and vapor chamber (1080) or embedded heatpipes [i<]under[/i<] the vanes that don't intrude into the vane area (1070).

    • Waco
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]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, an1771 MHz in Gaming mode).[/quote<] Shouldn't that be: [quote<]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.[/quote<] EDIT: Looks like it was fixed, but that comma splice after OC mode bothers me. 😛

      • RAGEPRO
      • 4 years ago

      Err, well, that’s not a [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma_splice<]comma splice[/url<]. It's a grammatically correct sentence. Thanks for pointing out the other error though. Was an orphan from editing. 🙂

        • Waco
        • 3 years ago

        Glad to help. I guess it’s not a splice, it just feels awkward with the second comma.

        Still, I know how things go when editors can’t be found. 🙂

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<][s<]The cooler itself has an interesting visual design[/s<] The cooler is butt ugly[/quote<] FTFY

      • ColeLT1
      • 4 years ago

      The lines and angles reminds me of something you would see while playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 4 years ago

        Absolutely. I think it looks awesome.

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