Best Nvidia Geforce Gtx 1080 Graphics Card

Best Nvidia Geforce Gtx 1080 Graphics Card – Despite the release of Nvidia’s RTX series (including the recently released GTX 1660 and its Ti variant), the GeForce GTX 1080 remains one of the most popular GPUs on the market. However, since every big manufacturer gets to make their own card based on Nvidia’s reference design, you’re going to end up with dozens of different graphics cards with (slightly) differing gaming performance, (greatly) differing cooling performance and size.

It can be a lot to handle and sort through, especially if you’re new to all of this. That’s why we’re here to help you choose which GTX 1080 to buy in 2021.

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1.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

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Almost as small as the 14nm Intel Skylake Processors (and the three preceding and succeeding generations), Pascal brought the new 15nm FinFet process to the best graphics cards in the mainstream. And, that’s how the Nvidia GTX 1080 came with more transistors, faster performance and better efficiency.

This allowed gamers to enjoy the best PC games at higher frame rates, resolutions, and made for a better VR experience than was previously possible.

And, while it’s been succeeded by the Turing-based Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, the GTX 1080 is still absolutely worth your time.

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2.ASUS GeForce GTX 1080

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The GeForce GTX 1080 is based on NVIDIA’s “Pascal” architecture. This architecture sees the streaming multiprocessors (SMs), the indivisible subunits of an NVIDIA GPU, get even more dedicated components, which increases their performance. NVIDIA claims to have “meticulously” designed the GPU architecture to be as energy efficient as possible given the silicon fab node and is leveraging the 16 nm FinFET node at TSMC for “Pascal.”

The GTX 1080 features more CUDA cores than its predecessor – 2560 vs. 2048. It features even more TMUs (160 vs. 128) and, at 8 GB, double the memory. Memory technology sees a major update with NVIDIA’s adoption of the GDDR5X memory standard. The memory is clocked at a staggering 10 GHz effective, which gives the GPU 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth over a 256-bit wide memory interface.

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3.ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 TI

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If you read our ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Platinum Edition Review, then you’re already familiar with the board at the heart of Asus’ ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB OC Edition. The only differences between them are slight modifications to the capacitor configuration.

The Strix cooler sitting on top of that PCA features a lot more surface area though, since it doesn’t need to worry about facilitating hybrid air/liquid-cooling. This is a more purpose-built design. And while its default clock rates aren’t as high, the Strix card’s price tag is lower than what you’ll pay for an ROG Poseidon.

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4.Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1080

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Although Gigabyte sells six different versions of the 1080, we’re starting with the company’s GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming. On the next page we add its 1080 Xtreme Gaming model. Once we make the rounds and cover more of the competition’s hardware, we’ll circle back around to see what else Gigabyte has to offer.

Gigabyte’s shroud is made of thin plastic and doesn’t exude the same high quality as the metallic covers over some of its previous Windforce-equipped models. The trade-off is that this card weighs just 31oz (871g), despite measuring 11 inches (28.4cm) long, 4 1/3 inches (11cm) high, and 1 3/8 inches (3.5cm) wide.

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5.EVGA GeForce GTX 1080

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FTW is the shortened version of For The Win, and with that abbreviation EVGA sets the bar pretty high for itself. We do like that the card can be disassembled without voiding its warranty. The terms of EVGA’s coverage are thus very favorable to water-cooling and modding enthusiasts. This is downright uncommon, which is why we want to point it out upfront. But we still don’t know anything about the 1080 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0’s technical attributes…yet, at least.

The cooler cover is made of light metal. Together with the underlying acrylic plate, the extra tacked on are primarily designed to provide some eye candy. As a result, the whole top of the card looks like it’s bathed in color; built-in RGB LEDs light up the shroud thanks to numerous recesses. Right out of the gate, EVGA’s FTW is the brightest card in our test field

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Best Nvidia Geforce Gtx 1080 Graphics Card  – While we’re always happy to cover GPU topics, including a huge list of the best GPUs in 2021, a few people felt like we left a favorite pick out.

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