EVGA GeForce GTX 1080Ti SC2 GAMING 11GB GDDR5X, ICX Review (11G-P4-6593-KR)

Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 8:00am



When EVGA releases a top of the (consumer) line graphics card it’s time to wake up and smell the capacitors. EVGA was kind enough to send us an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING 11GB GDDR5X, with ICX technology and any day that happens it’s time for the happy dance! To get a bit geeky we are talking a GP 102-350 core boasting 3584 Cuda Cores with 224 TMU’s, 88 ROPS, 11GB GDDR5X running across a 352 Bit-Bus. Frankly, that’s more graphics computing power than 90% of end users are likely to ever have or need.

We've seen the ICX technology from EVGA and we have to say we like what we see more than mere words can express. EVGA got a bad rap when it was reported that a few video cards had overheating problems but a little later it was revealed that statistically speaking the EVGA cards had no higher a failure rate than previous generations of video cards from all manufacturers. So why is that important you ask? Well EVGA listens to its end users and in mid-production engineered ICX Technology with 9 thermal sensors easily accessed by EVGA PrecisionX so you now have more information about your video cards operation that previously possible. You might go so far as to say more information than previously conceived or thought possible. 

What you can bet on is that the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING 11GB GDDR5X, iCX is one beastly card that will beat 1440p into submission easily and put a pretty good whipping on 4K, VR, and 3D. We are talking dream card and this isn't even the best EVGA has to offer. Don't get us wrong EVGA has a fewer higher clocked models and some with Dual BIOS and wider power distribution system like their FTW3 1080Ti and their new 12GB GDDR5X 1080Ti but that's the wonderful thing about EVGA, others might go for pretty plastic cowlings but EVGA at its heart has some master engineer that sits and thinks about how to over-engineer video cards. Buyers remorse, not with EVGA buy one GPU and they put out something pretty shiny and more powerful and you have 90 days to trade your video card in for a bigger beefier card. What about returns on cards that have failed, EVGA stands behind their product 100% and has the easiest best returns program on the market.

There just isn't much more to ask for than the thrill of holding an EVGA GTX 1080Ti in your hand and knowing you can kick and resolutions butt and not have to compromise on graphics quality on any game out there.

Reference Specifications Comparison Table

  GTX 1080 Ti Titan X GTX 1080 GTX Titan X
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Maxwell
GPU GP102-350 GP102-400 GP104-400 GM200
Fab 16nm Finfet 16nm Finfet 16nm Finfet 28nm
Shader procs 3584 3584 2560 3072
Base 1480 MHz 1417 MHz 1607 MHz 1000 MHz
Boost 1582 MHz 1531 MHz 1733 MHz 1075 MHz
Performance 11.5 TFLOPS 11 TFLOPS 8,87 TFLOPS 6,6 TFLOPS
Mem freq. 11000 MHz 10000 MHz 10000 MHz 7000 MHz
Mem bus 352-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit
Mem bandwidth 484 GB/s 480 GB/s 320 GB/s 336,5 GB/s
TDP 250W 250W 180W 250 W

Last generations Titan X (Maxwell) was running 3072 Cuda Cores and GDDR5, This generations GTX 1080Ti (one step down from the Titan XP (X Pascal) and it's running 3584 Cuda Cores with GDDR5X a higher grade faster GDDR5 than previous generations. This generations 1080Ti is so close in specifications to the Titan XP we would probably rather have the 1080Ti and save the $400 bump it costs for a Titan. Bank that $400 for a while and later in the GTX 11XX generation spring for a used 1080Ti then set back and watch FPS fly by.