GTX 1080 has taken the gaming industry by storm. Is this the best one yet? The Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080 starts at $649 USD. This GPU without the Gigabyte software has a base clock of 1695MHz and boost up to 1835MHz. When paired with the software, it has a base clock of 1721MHz and a boost clock of 1860MHz. Just like the GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition, it has 8 gigabytes of GDDR5X, memory speed of 10GHz, memory bandwidth of 320 GB/S and a TDP of 180 watts. Special features that come with this GPU is that it has fully controllable RGB lighting, custom PCB and a bin core for much more overclocking head room.
Gigabyte’s signature Windforce reenters the GPU market on this. A heatsink extends throughout the GPU while having direct heatpipes to maximize heat dissipation. With great dissipation comes great sacrifice. This GPU is rather long than conventional ones so people need to be cautious when purchasing a case. The length is 11.25 inches. Fans have triangular points on them to help optimize heat dissipation. Lighting is on the front logo, stop text and the orange strips on the bottom. This GPU is powered by one 8 pin connector. The backplate is clean and simplistic with the Gigabyte text. IO ports are three displayports, one HDMI port and one DVI port. When testing, the G1 GTX 1080 beats the EVGA SC and demolishes the Founder’s Edition. For acoustics, they are louder than others but not that loud where it starts to be annoying. Sadly, overclocking can not go that high.
Overall, this variant of the GPU is wonderful. Time to start playing! Think this is overkill, take a look at the G1 GTX 1080.