( 5.0 Average / 6 Ratings )
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Runs almost everything I've thrown at it at 4K/60fps, except some of the most demanding newer games, and even those run well with minor visual quality adjustments. The hybrid cooler is probably overkill for the box I built, but it keeps my temps at or below 50C at full load so I'm not complaining. The RGB LEDs are also a nice touch if you have a window on your machine.
SO GOOD. I mean it. So so good. Overclocked to 2139 MHz, Memory up to 11Ghz. Came out of the box boosting to 2025 MHz. Haven't seen temps over 50c with it. Do yourself a favor though and use a motherboard controlled fan for the radiator or you won't get as good of cooling as you will have no control of the fan.
This beast is the bread and butter of my build and I was quite excited to get it!!
Though it's listed at $649.99 I didn't get it on sale and spent $700 on it. If I'd waited just a little bit longer...
My old PC had a blower style reference GTX 980 that ran very hot under load. When playing WoW during raids I was seeing my GPU temps hit about 80c-81c. I know these things are designed to run hot, but that may have been too hot and I wasn't sure if it was throttling my GPU or not.
With this build I knew I wanted something that would run cooler. I initially looked at the ACX EVGA cards, as well as Asus since I knew its RGB would sync with Aura. When I heard about the issues recent EVGA cards with ACX 3.0 had catching fire and the ICX design not yet being released I decided to look at the hybrid versions.
This thing runs MUCH cooler than my old card. In WoW I was seeing it hitting its max boost clock and running at 99%. Even with all that I never saw temps jump above 56c.
I haven't messed with overclocking, but I'm confident that this card is more than capable of running faster with no fear of high temps.
I removed my rear 140mm fan and mounted the 120mm radiator and fan inside the case in a pull config. Of everything in my case this runs the loudest under load, but it isn't obnoxious. I know the 1080TI's are releasing now that I purchased this, but I'm very happy with this card. I'm powering 3 Viewsonic 24" 1080p gaming monitors and it performs very well.
The RGB on this card isn't as robust as the offerings from Asus. It can be set to static or rotate through colors. I don't think the color reproduction is quite as good, but I set it to as close an orange as I could to match the other orange colors and I have no problems with it!
If you want your GTX 1080 to not run hot, this is for you. It's common to see graphic cards run with liquid cooling. But, if you don't want water-cooling on your system, this is the next best option. Doesn't come with two sets of long screws for the fan's push-pull configuration, but you can make it cool with just one fan on it on either push or pull.
I totally bought this about a week before the priced dropped about 100 bucks...over paid but you all should not have that problem...very great card love the smoothness of these graphics. but as with Nike name you pay the price..waiting to see what happens with VEGA. Before adding Dual Cards to the system.