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Which motherboards are compatible with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti?

Gigabyte AORUS motherboard
Gigabyte AORUS motherboard (Image credit: Windows Central)

Which motherboards are compatible with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti?

It doesn't really matter which motherboard you choose

The GTX 1080 Ti is one of the best graphics cards on the market, but it doesn't require any magic hardware to run. Since the assumption is you're building a pretty high-end PC if you want a GTX 1080 Ti, basically any motherboard you pick will be fine.

The GTX 1080 Ti requires a single PCIe 3.0 slot at x8 or x16 depending on your system (the longer slots if you're wondering). There will be exceptions, such as super budget or very old motherboards, but even if you're running a pre-built gaming PC you should be OK. Likewise, even the tiny mATX motherboards will accept a GTX 1080 Ti.

Instead, pick one of the best motherboards for your build and your budget. Check the specs and features against other requirements you're looking for rather than the graphics card.

AMD or Intel is fine

It also doesn't matter whether you use an AMD or Intel motherboard when it comes to running a GTX 1080 Ti. If you were ever concerned about compatibility with AMD processors (opens in new tab), don't be.

If you are using an AMD processor in your build, it's important to remember that unless you have the APU variant (with Radeon Vega integrated graphics), you'll always have to connect your monitor to the graphics card.

Check your power supply is big enough

With a powerful GPU comes a higher power requirement. The GTX 1080 Ti is also not as power hungry as you may expect, but nevertheless, the power supply still needs to be big enough and it's more of a concern that your choice of motherboard.

The GTX 1080 Ti has a 250W TDP and NVIDIA recommends a minimum 650W power supply in your system. Of course, you need to factor in whatever else you're using, but something like the EVGA Supernova 750 P2 (opens in new tab) would be your best bet.

The RTX 2080 is a better buy

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti (Image credit: Windows Central)

Unfortunately, if you're considering a GTX 1080 Ti right now for a new PC build, it's hard to recommend. Initially, prices fell when NVIDIA debuted its new RTX GPUs, but that has since ended and now prices are a lot higher than anyone should be comfortable paying.

For less money in almost every case, you can get the newer, Turing-based RTX 2080 (opens in new tab) for over $150 less than even a refurbished GTX 1080 Ti. Motherboard compatibility is the same, and it has a lower TDP slightly than the GTX 1080 Ti at 215W. So it's more powerful and more efficient.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.