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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Testing:

Finding out just how much gaming FPS performance NVIDIA's new king of the hill the GTX 1080 Ti can deliver will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition: 2012MHz Core, 2997MHz Memory

I was hoping that the time between when the the first 16nm FinFET silicon came off the presses and now that I would see some improvements in average clock speeds. On this particular sample it was not as strong as some of the other Pascal architecture GPUs, but still was able to hit up and above the 2000MHz mark when you don't beat on it too hard. I was not able to boost the core voltage to obtain a higher overclock on this card with the latest version of Afterburner to get that last bit of Boost MHz out of the cores.

By setting the cooling fan to the 100% mark, the power target to 120%, and  then set this as the primary limiting factor for the overclock, I started pushing the clock speed up. The factory boost clocks came in at around the 1700MHz mark, showing you get a pretty healthy boost right out of the blocks. I usually start with a boost of +100MHz on the core and start testing stability. I was able to reach +139MHz on the core before it finally gave up the ghost. As long as the card stayed in the 58-59 °C max range, I was getting a boost clock speed of 2012MHz or right in line with NVIDIA's predictions. Get the core up over 63-64 °C and it starts to drop some core clock speed, with it staying in the 1987MHz range until you hit around 69 °C. Then you see drops to 1963MHz. Any way you go, that's a lot of FPS performance. Partner cards should be able to pounce on this to drive some traditional performance consistency.

When testing any of the GTX 1080 series cards last year I saw some pretty stout memory overclocks from those cards equipped with the 10GB rated G5X memory. NVIDIA pushed a bit harder this time and I was able to reach an amazing 2997MHz with a little tweaking and testing. Try as I might, the memory would not cross the 3000MHz mark! The Founders card does offer up a little meat on the table if you want to go after it. It's quick and easy to find the performance limits and you get those extra FPS if you need them.


 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

 
  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Tom Clancy's The Division
  5. Hitman (2016)
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  7. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  8. DOOM
  9. Watch Dogs 2
  10. For Honor
  11. 3DMark
  12. VRMark

 

  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption



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