PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC Gaming review: small, long and sober

GP102 with more form than function


Test method

We perform our tests using a selection of the games that we use for 3D-chips. For comparing GPUs we use a lot more games and if you want to compare the GTX 1080 Ti with the AMD competitors, we would like to refer you to our extensive GTX 1080 Ti review

For (this round-up / our tests) we made an entirely new selection of games. On every graphics card we run 3DMark Fire Strike (DX11) and 3DMark Time Spy (DX12), supplemented with the following five games:

  • Battlefield 1 (DX12)
  • Civilization VI (DX12)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands (DX11)
  • The Division (DX12)

The resolutions at which we test a graphics card depends with the sensibility of certain settings. This means we prevent low-end graphics cards rendering a slide show at 4K-resolution, and also limit CPU-bottlenecks by testing high-end cards on low settings. In the case of the RX 570 and RX 580 we tested all cards using the following resolutions and settings:

  • 1920x1080 (WQHD) Medium / Normal
  • 1920x1080 (WQHD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA

Our test system runs on Windows 10 64 bit and consists of the following components:

Aside from performance we also measure the power consumption and noise levels of graphics cards. Lastly we also look at how the clockspeed changes during a long gaming session, to find out if the cooler on the card is adequate enough to prevent thermal throttling.

In the graphs, the PNY XLR8 OC can be recognized by the red bar. The Nvidia Founders Edition is represented by a green bar, while all other 1080 Tis have a blue bar. 

Product discussed in this review

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PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC Gaming 11GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1531 MHz, 11264 MB

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