The GTX 1080 has proven to be quite popular ever since it was released just shy of a year ago. Although NVidia could be content with just happily selling GTX 1080s until the next generation of video card are released, they weren’t. In fact, they gave the GTX 1080 a memory upgrade. NVidia bumped up the original GTX 1080s GDDR5X memory clock speed by 10% to 11Gbps. This is the same as the more expensive GTX 1080 Ti and increases the GTX 1080s memory bandwidth from 320 GB/s to 352 GB/s.
Nvidia’s Pascal architecture is the successor to their Maxwell line. Since its launch in May of 2016, there have been 9 different models, ranging for the recently announced GT 1030, up to the two different Titans, the Titan X and Xp. However, no card was more talked about than the release of a possible 1080 Ti. This is due to the 980 Ti performing so close to the Maxwell Titan X, at a much lower cost, and the potential for the 1080 Ti to do the same as its 900-series counterpart. Well, the enthusiast community recently got its wish when Nvidia released the Founder’s Edition 1080 Ti. Typically, shortly after the reference card release, board partners release custom PCB’s and coolers.
Over the last few months, there's been a massive influx of graphics cards on the market. However, most the newest cards are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. But what if you’re on a tighter budget or you just don’t require the power of a high-end card? Don’t worry, because AMD has got you covered with the release of their 500 series of GPUs, a refresh of their very popular Polaris based 400 series of cards.
AMD’s newest Polaris architecture has arrived and there’s been a flood of new video cards based on it. One of Gigabyte’s entrees is the Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4G. Based on AMD’s latest GCN 4 14nm FinFET architecture, the Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4G is the highest performing graphics card in Gigabyte’s RX 580 line-up. It’s designed to deliver VR capability, increased level of performance, smooth VR, seamless support for next-gen gaming monitors, and CPU-free game streaming or recording. Furthermore, the model also supports AMD’s newest technologies such as Direct 12® and Vulkan™, FreeSync™, and Liquid VR.
AMD’s newest generation Polaris architecture is here and Gigabyte has responded by releasing the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G graphics card. Based on AMD’s latest GCN 4 14nm FinFET architecture, the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G is the highest performing graphics card in Gigabyte’s RX 580 line-up.
If one thing is true these days, it’s that there is no shortage of graphics cards on the market. It seems that every week Nvidia is announcing something or AMD is teasing something. However, after the recent launch of the 1080 TI, in the announcement of the new Titan XP, the last thing I’d expected was yet another GTX 1080. But, none the less, I was wrong. But with how much of a beast the 1080 is, how can you really improve upon the several variations of the card that are already on the market? Well, MSI has the answer for you!
If there is one thing all PC enthusiast crave, it’s more performance. There are few GPU’s that perform as well as the GP104 GPU on the GTX 1080. However, the GPU’s actual performance is based on its cooling solution, of which there are many ways to go. If you’re like me, you tend to not water cool your cards. However, this makes choosing a card a bit more involved then “Get a reference card and throw a block on it.”
When choosing a graphics card, there a several things to consider. Aesthetics being one of the main things, as well as clock speeds, performance, and noise, to name a few. However, one of the main things to consider is the cooler. For better performance, you need proper cooling. For proper cooling, you need a proper cooling solution. Gigabyte understands this very well. The proof is in their 2 ½ slot, monster of a card, the Gigabyte Extreme Gaming 1080. But is this just another pretty 1080 is a sea of graphics cards that perform well, but no different than other 1080’s on the market, or does the Extreme Gaming 1080 from Gigabyte stand out from all the rest? Let’s see how this card stands up to the competition.