Gigabyte GTX 1080 Rock Edition goes back to the basics

Graphics card manufacturers might be sensing a developing retro craze in video cards. About a month ago, we reported on an Asus GeForce GTX 1060 card built using an older DirectCU II cooler. Now Gigabyte is doing its own spin on the new-card-old-cooler concept with its GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Rock graphics card. The new Rock Edition card is built using the GTX 1080 WindForce OC card's PCB design, coupled with the older Windforce 3X cooler last seen on the company's GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

Clock speeds are the same as those on Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1080 WindForce OC, with a 1632 MHz base and 1771 boost speed on the GPU core. The 8GB of DDR5X memory runs at 10 GT/s like every other GTX 1080 card we're familiar with. Display outputs, like the core clocks and the GDDR5X memory, are also decidedly non-retro, with three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, one HDMI 2.0b jack, and a dual-link DVI port.

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Rock graphics card is available now from Amazon for $640.

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