Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Graphics Card Review



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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.

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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.DSC_3508

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.

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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.

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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”

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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!

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  • Jarek Grojec

    Nice review. Looks like a solid card. But where is John Williamson? Have not seen him write in a while? Is he still writing for the site?

    • aruffell

      Sadly he has had some serious health issues but we hope that he will be back in the near future.

      • Jarek Grojec

        Thank you for the reply. If you see/talk to him, wish him all the best and tell him his readers are looking forward to his return.

        • aruffell

          I will. Thanks for the kind words.

  • ddearborn

    Hmmm

    NVidia has had almost a year to come out with this “New” card, and given its still sky high price of $700 (700 bucks is only “cheap” to the people selling these cards..) it is an underwhelming release at best. And take a look at the 250 Watt power demand, which will surely surge past 300 watts when overclocked. How quickly the NVidia fan boys (and if the 10 reviews I have seen thus far are any indication, the online PC reviewer establishment as well) forget the endless whining and complaining about the R9290X power and heat performance. The shoe apparently now fits when it is on the other foot…………… Without question, in this regard the 1080ti is a giant step backward.

    So basically if you have a GTX1080 right now and are playing at 1080P there really isn’t any compelling reason to shell out $700 to get a 15% bump in performance. Not to mention you may have to upgrade your power supply and case cooling. And if you look at the performance delta in aggregate even at 1440 the cost/benefit isn’t stellar either.

    These numbers look eerily similar to AMD’s Ryzen 7 gaming numbers. Things don’t get really interesting until you get to 4K. However, right now if 4k is where you play, this is best card on the market, at least until Vega shows up. But the fact remains that the 1080ti is nothing more than year old technology in the form of a cut down Titan. We really
    need AMD to hit Vega out of the park to get NVidia off its butt……