EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edi­tion

PC Advisor - - CONTENTS - Jim Martin

Be­fore Nvidia an­nounced the 1080 Ti, the per­for­mance king was the Ti­tan X. That’s no longer the case. The 1080 Ti is the fastest con­sumer graph­ics card you can buy right now, soundly beat­ing the GTX 1080, too. Here we re­view the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edi­tion.

So what is the GTX 1080 Ti? Well, it’s the pin­na­cle of what’s pos­si­ble with the Pas­cal ar­chi­tec­ture, at least for now. To look at, you won’t im­me­di­ately spot the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Founders Edi­tions of the 1080 and 1080 Ti as they both look the same, al­though they do have slightly dif­fer­ent sets of video out­puts. The 1080 Ti lacks DVI, but a Dis­playPort to DVI-D adap­tor is in­cluded in the box.


When it came out, the GTX 1080 cost well over £600, with the Founder’s Edi­tion at £619. But the 1080 Ti’s re­lease has caused big price drops, and you can now pick one up for £489.

You can buy the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edi­tion for £699 from Ebuyer, so even though it’s quicker than any GTX 1080 you’re pay­ing a good chunk more for that per­for­mance.


Be­ing the Founders Edi­tion means the card sticks to Nvidia’s ref­er­ence de­sign. It’s good look­ing with sil­ver high­light­ing and glow­ing green GeForce GTX let­ter­ing.

There’s just one fan on the card, and it runs sur­pris­ingly quiet even when play­ing games. A back­plate cov­ers the en­tire top side of the card – the top when in­stalled in a PC – and means there’s no cir­cuit board on show at all. It also adds strength and dis­si­pates heat. Nvidia is keen to point out that the card is built us­ing premium ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing the die-cast alu­minium body, and has a sev­en­phase du­alFET power sup­ply.

You’d be for­given for as­sum­ing that the 1080 Ti is just a 1080 that’s over­clocked, but you’d be wrong. In fact, the 1080 Ti is re­ally a tweaked GeForce Ti­tan X – the card on which you’d have spent £1,000 to buy last year.

The two cards spec­i­fi­ca­tions are very sim­i­lar, with the 1080 Ti us­ing the same GP102 pro­ces­sor as the Ti­tan X. The boost fre­quency is higher at 1.6GHz, and it has the same 3854 CUDA cores. RAM al­lo­ca­tion is 1GB less at the odd amount of

11GB, but it runs 10 per­cent quicker at 11GHz. Th­ese higher fre­quen­cies are likely thanks to that im­proved du­alFET power sup­ply. The ta­ble op­po­site is a quick sum­mary of how it com­pares to the 1080 and its pre­de­ces­sor, the 980 Ti.

So, the 1080 Ti makes the Ti­tan X ir­rel­e­vant for gamers, as it is £300 cheaper. But it doesn’t make the 1080 ir­rel­e­vant, mainly thanks to its large price drop, which makes it much bet­ter value than be­fore.

The 1080 Ti is faster, but un­less you want to pay that ex­tra £200 to turn up the qual­ity to max­i­mum at 4K or run a multi-mon­i­tor set-up, you could eas­ily get away with a 1080 and still play at 4K.

If you’re com­ing from a GTX 980 Ti, the 1080 Ti is – in some cases – twice as fast. On av­er­age, it’s roughly 60 per­cent quicker. That’s a mas­sive in­crease, and you will need that ex­tra per­for­mance if you’ve just bought a 4K mon­i­tor or a VR head­set. But, as we’ve said, you’ll still en­joy around a 30 per­cent boost by up­grad­ing to the cheaper 1080. Plus, the 1080 uses around 70W less than the 980 Ti and 1080 Ti, which might be a big ad­van­tage if you’re run­ning near the limit of your power sup­ply’s wattage.


We used a slightly dif­fer­ent test rig than our usual one, so we can’t com­pare per­for­mance to other graph­ics cards we’ve re­viewed. But we did retest the GTX 1080 along­side the Ti so you can see ex­actly how much quicker it is in some pop­u­lar bench­marks and games (see above). The rig has 16GB of DDR4 RAM, an In­tel Core i7-4770K CPU, an In­tel moth­er­board and a Cru­cial BX200 240GB SSD.

Should you buy a GTX 1080 Ti?

Clearly this is a very fast graph­ics card. But buy­ing one right now is per­haps not the most sen­si­ble thing to do. AMD’s Radeon RX Vega cards will launch in a cou­ple of months, and could – as Ryzen has done for In­tel pro­ces­sors – make Nvidia’s of­fer­ings look ex­pen­sive. But un­til we know how fast the flag­ship Vega card goes, we can’t know for sure. If you ab­so­lutely have to buy a graph­ics card right now, the GTX 1080 Ti is an ex­cel­lent choice.


The GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edi­tion is ex­pen­sive, but of­fers stun­ning per­for­mance. Man­u­fac­turer over­clocked ver­sions will ar­rive soon and may be bet­ter value, but you can over­clock the card eas­ily your­self. If you’re not plan­ning to buy a VR head­set, you can save money and buy a GTX 1080, but if you can af­ford it, the 1080 Ti still of­fers good value and will be more fu­ture-proof.

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