Gigabyte's custom GeForce GTX 1080 card takes gaming to the extreme
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is a stellar gaming card in its own right, but AIB (add-in board) partners are starting to unveil variants of the card with custom cooling solutions and PCBs. First off the gate is Gigabyte with its GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, which offers RGB lighting and a new WindForce cooler.
Gigabyte's offering is built on a custom PCB, with a reinforced backplate for added stability. The WindForce cooler configuration sees three 100mm fans with angular blades, designed to effectively dissipate heat. The fans are off when the card is idling or if it's under a set temperature threshold, allowing for 0dB operation for low-intensive workloads.
When it comes to the numbers, the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming offers 8GB of GDDR5X video memory on a 256-bit wide memory bus, with a memory clock of 10010MHz. Display connectors include two HDMI 2.0b ports, one dual-link DVI-D, and three DisplayPort 1.4 ports. Power delivery is taken care of by two two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.
A unique feature with the card is Xtreme VR Link, which includes a front panel with two HDMI and USB 3.0 ports that can be slotted in a 5.25-inch drive bay. The accessory allows you to connect your VR headset to the front of your enclosure, instead of having to reach behind to find the HDMI connectors located at the back of the card.
The GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming also features six composite heat-pipes that come in contact with the GPU, increasing cooling efficiency by 29%. Gigabyte is also offering a four-year warranty on the card.
No word as yet on pricing or availability, but we'll let you know once we hear more. Who's interested?
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.
Imagine running game in 4K on FullHD display, not even the best cards can do this at 60FPS in most modern games, but most of those cards can handle the best TXAA, or MSAA, with similar results.
Also SSAA does basically the same as VSR by upscaling the render resolution.