GALAX GEFORCE GTX 1080 TI HOF

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GALAX’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF card stands out as one of the more ex­trav­a­gant of­fer­ings here. Ev­ery­thing from its box to the card screams for at­ten­tion, and GALAX even opted to in­clude a pair of pre­sum­ably anti-static gloves too.

This is a re­ally chunky and long card, mea­sur­ing 57mm tall and fea­tur­ing three 90mm semi-pas­sive fans. You’ll need no less than three PCIe slots to in­stall, and suf­fi­cient clear­ance length­wise.

The mostly white plas­tic shroud also makes for quite a strik­ing look (even the PCB is white), and this is one GPU that should de nitely be paired with a match­ing board or other com­po­nents.

Other no­table fea­tures in­clude a back­lit LCD dis­play on the card’s side, where you can dis­play things like the HOF logo or clock speeds and volt­ages. In ad­di­tion, you can make it dis­play cus­tom text, al­though it can look fairly bor­ing given the low res­o­lu­tion mono­chrome panel.

When it comes to cool­ing, there’s un­for­tu­nately no ded­i­cated VRM heatsink de­spite the card com­ing with three 8-pin power con­nec­tors. In­stead, GALAX has gone with a mount­ing frame that sits be­tween the heatsink and the PCB, and this helps to pro­vide struc­tural re­in­force­ment and a de­gree of pas­sive cool­ing.

A cop­per plate con­nects with the GPU and chan­nels heat away to the ve heat pipes, while an ad­di­tional cir­cum­fer­ence of cop­per around the main base plate helps cool the GDDR5X mem­ory chips. The alu­minum back­plate also pro­vides fur­ther pas­sive cool­ing, and there are ther­mal pads that make con­tact with some of the PCB com­po­nents.

GALAX also lists the card as hav­ing an im­pres­sive 16+3-phase power de­sign, but it re­ally con­sists of just eight true phases which are dou­bled to give rise to 16.

And un­like most of the other cards, the GALAX model comes with just a sin­gle set of base and boost clocks, and there’s no OC Mode that you can switch to for a quick per­for­mance boost. That said, the Xtreme Tuner Plus util­ity does come with a 1-click OC func­tion should you re­ally want those ex­tra frames right away.

The acrylic Lu­min­hold bracket can be screwed to an ex­pan­sion slot and con­nected to the card for di­rect light­ing con­trol.

The LCD panel lets you dis­play var­i­ous sys­tem mon­i­tor­ing in­for­ma­tion and cus­tom text.

The card is pow­ered by no less than three 8-pin con­nec­tors, which of­fer up to 525W of power in the­ory.

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