Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Graphics Card Review
Peter Donnell / 2 months ago
A Closer Look
The card features a design that should be more than familiar to Nvidia fans, with the angular and rather aggressive looking cooler and shroud design. It is a blower type card, which we’re not typically interested in, but we’re sure partner cards will be along soon enough with aftermarket cooler designs. However, the blowers that Nvidia use are are usually excellent in terms of thermal and acoustic performance.
Down the other side, you’ll find two power connectors; 1 x 8-pin and 1 x 6-pin, as this card has a TDP of 250 Watts, and a recommended PSU rating of 600W, so it’s quite thirsty, but still pretty efficient at the same time.
At the front of the card, you can see some of the fins for the heatsink which cover the card, and also forms part of the air in/out design for the blower fan.
Around the back, a durable plate design with plenty of ventilation. The connectivity is good too, with three full-size DP ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port, so you’ll have no issues hooking up high-resolution, high-frame rate, and HDR displays. One thing that eagle-eyed eTeknix readers will notice is the removal of a DVI connector to allow for more ventilation and to pave the future for HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. This is the key reason as to why this card comes included with the DP to DVI adaptor in the box.
On the bottom of the card, a full cover backplate, which has a subtle patterned design and improved the overall cooling capabilities of the card, and improves the durability, so it shouldn’t droop down at the back and lead to “GPU sag”
Overall, this is a very nice looking card, but with that in mind, let’s get it plugged into our test bench and get to the good stuff; performance!