Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti round-up: which one is the best?

ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Inno3D and MSI compared

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2

We received this card from EVGA shortly before the publication of this round-up. The GTX 1080 Ti SC2 is based on the iCX-technology. In total the card features nine temperature sensors and micro-controllers on the PCB, which not only measure the GPU temperature, but also the temperature of the power circuit and the memory chips. This is of course a response to the problems with the VRM cooling on the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 with the ACX 3.0 cooler.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB

The SC2 is the only dual-slot card in this test, which means that it's well-suited for SLI configuration on smaller motherboards. It also features two fans, however EVGA has done something special with them. The left fan is dependent on the GPU temperature, while the right fan is controlled by the other VRM and memory chip sensors. This means that only one of the two fans will spin, if not all parts are running at the same temperature. In idle both fans stop spinning, which is the case for all of the cards in this round-up.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB

The LEDs on top of the card can be set to change depending on the temperature of the various components. Blue is tied to the GPU temperature by default and red is tied to the memory, however this can be changed using the included software. You can also make the RGB LEDs do something else entirely, if you desire so. Synchronizing the LEDs with other hardware is not yet possible, but EVGA has announced that this feature is coming soon.

  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11GB


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