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.
A Few Words About GIGABYTE
GIGABYTE Technology is a well-known and respected international manufacturer and distributor of some of the best computer hardware money can buy. GIGABYTE was established in 1986 by Pei-Cheng Yeh. To date, GIGABYTE holds more than 13, 500 awards and has broken several World Overclocking records with their SOC Force line of motherboards. On average, they sell over 17 million motherboards alone each year. They design graphics cards and motherboards for both AMD and Intel, as well as much more. They also design and distribute desktop computers, tablet computers, Ultrabooks, server motherboards, server racks, networking equipment, mice, keyboards, cooling components, power supplies, computer cases and much more.
Let’s Take a Look at Pascale's Architecture
Pascal is designed to offer the highest performance for deep learning and other compute performance. Pascal is NVIDIA’s successor to their 28 NM Maxwell Architecture. The Pascal microarchitecture uses the 16 nanometer FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. With 150 billion transistors, Pascal is the world’s largest FinFET Chip ever built. Delivering over 5 Teraflops of double precision performance, Pascal is also the most powerful architecture ever inside of a GPU.