Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review: The monster graphics card 4K gamers have been waiting for

Titan slayer, 4K player.

At a Glance
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition

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    $699.99 MSRP $699.99
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Power

We test power under load by plugging the entire system into a Watts Up meter, running the intensive Division benchmark at 4K resolution, and noting the peak power draw. Idle power is measured after sitting on the Windows desktop for three minutes with no extra programs or processes running.

1080 ti power Brad Chacos

The results confirm what Nvidia’s requirements and the card’s dual power pins strongly imply: The GTX 1080 Ti consumes more power than the other GTX 10-series cards. Surprise?

Heat

We test heat during the same intensive Division benchmark, by running SpeedFan in the background and noting the maximum GPU temperature once the run is over. The Founders Edition cards all use Nvidia’s blower-style cooler, while the GTX 1080 FTW packs EVGA’s custom ACX 3.0 cooling solution.

1080 ti temps Brad Chacos

While we didn’t see the drastic drop in cooling temperatures that Nvidia showcased in its GTX 1080 Ti reveal, the card doesn’t run any hotter than the stock GTX 1080, which is damned impressive when you consider how many more pixels it pushes. EVGA’s graphics card runs cooler by a wide margin, which is to be expected from a custom cooling solution.

Next page: Bottom line

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating
    $699.99 MSRP $699.99
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    on Newegg

    Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the most powerful graphics card ever, capable of no-compromises 4K gaming. It's cheaper than expected, too.

    Pros

    • The most powerful graphics card ever released
    • Can power no-compromises 4K gaming
    • No hotter than vanilla GTX 1080 despite big performance boost
    • DisplayPort-to-DVI adapter included in box

    Cons

    • Reference-style cooling isn't as efficient as custom coolers
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