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Dual-slot design: EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming in review

In contrast to Asus and Gigabyte, which have also changed to 2.5 slot designs for the cooler, EVGA (and fans of a narrow structure) stays true to itself with the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming and squeezes the technical possibilities of the ... The board at a glance Now let's look at the board, a look that is definitely worth it. Of course, the most interesting thing is the power supply for the GPU with its 5 double phases - but we'll get to these details right away ... Cooling concept and implementation The back of the board is conspicuously inconspicuous and shows the dark traces of the glued-on thermal pads between the backplate and the board. Which would have made us look elegant at the cooling. Tue... Benchmarks in 2560 x 1440 pixels We have deliberately dispensed with Full HD (1920 x 1080p) as the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming races into the CPU limit even in the highest settings. In WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), on the other hand, the actual arb... Benchmarks in 3840 x 2160 pixels The EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming is in this high resolution, depending on the game, between 8 and approx. 10 percent faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition or TitanX (Pascal). Overall, many titles ... When it is up to the power, we first need to know that the card with the factory settings at approx. 280 watts has been set a rather average Power Target, but one could manually raise it to just over 350 watts, which then ... In fact achievable clock rates The actual achievable clock is subject to some influences. Even if GPU quality plays a bigger role here - unfortunately it cannot be influenced as the only element. And so it is in the end well möglic... Fan control and curves We already wrote about the temperature range-controlled fans of the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming, although it was interesting to follow the course of all three fans at first. The control measurement with a laser... Summary In order to do justice to the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming, we have to take a little further. After all, EVGA has shown courage and has not simply blindly followed the current trend towards ever thicker cards. With this, you can ...

Unlike Asus and Gigabyte, which have also switched to 2.5-slot designs on the cooler, EVGA (and fans of a narrow structure) stays true to the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming and squeezes the technical possibilities of dual-slot design to the end of the year. physical limit. This has its charm, because you won't find too many narrow GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on the market at the moment and the reference design is loud, hot and also a little bit… Limited.

Since the specifications of the standard or Reference models ("Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB in test") don't let gaming target group-like cast, then it has to be a little more. Today's test will reveal whether and how the balancing act between extra power and restriction in the cooler depth succeeds and what our ears ultimately say about it.

Since the actual performance of all board partner cards depends more on the actual boost clock achieved, and thus causally depends on the cooling, the power target and above all the quality of the respective chip, any test based only on benchmark bars is more of a Random snapshot of a single specimen. This is precisely why we have focused on the actual technical implementation of each model and have been able to document this very well with our equipment.

Unboxing, dimensions and connections

More being than appearance? Despite its rather slender, lateral profile, the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming is by no means a toy card and not an easy appearance. At 1348 grams, it weighs relatively much and hardly has to hide behind its competitors. This also applies to the installation, which can bring proper load to the motherboard.

With a stately 30.2 cm real installation length (outer edge slot aperture until the end of the cover), a height of a whopping 14 cm (upper edge motherboard slot to top edge cover) and a built-in depth of 3.5 cm, the dual slot card is already a real size in the graphics card cosmos, which is the back then again approx. 0.5 cm of space is required, which should be taken into account in large tower coolers.

The material mix of predominantly plastic for the cover still feels reasonably valuable, especially since the cover suggests a rather good aluminium casting imitate when not too closely looked at. It is only when you touch that you really notice the fallacy. The two-part backplate is also a passive cooling surface, but additional details.

The top is characterized by the LED backlit "EVGA" and "Geforce GTX 1080 Ti" lettering, as well as an LED indicator labeled "FTW3". The two 8-pin power supply connectors sit unturned at the top of the board.

The bottom and top show the vertical slat orientation of the cooler and the absence of a real VRM heat sink that could actively cool other assemblies. Instead, there sits on the board a kind of flat cooling frame, about which there is of course still enough to write later.

The end of the card shows two 8 mm and three 6 mm heatpipes for the right part of the radiator structure. However, from this side the sixth, another 8 mm heatpipe, is not visible from the outside. But more on that later. As with Zotac, the variety of connections is based on standard costs from an HDMI 2.0 port, as well as three DisplayPort 1.4 jacks and a revived dual-link DVI-D connector (picture right). Nvidia had already saved it as a precautionary measure when it came to reference design.


The GPU-Z screenshot shows us the most important key data in advance, whereby the actual boost achieved with our model was significantly higher:

Finally, the whole thing again as a tabular comparison to the other relevant graphics card models:

Titan X
– (Pascal) Mr President, I would like to
GTX 1080 Ti FE
GTX 1080 Ti
FTW3 Gaming
GTX 1080 FE
GTX 980 Ti
GP102 GP102 GP102 GP104 GM200
CUDA cores
3584 3584 3584 2560 2816
Base clock 1417 MHz 1480 MHz 1569 MHz
1607 MHz 1000 MHz
Boost clock
1531 MHz+ 1582 MHz+ 1683 MHz
1733 MHz+ 1076 MHz+
Memory Size & Type
12 GByte
11 GByte
11 GByte
8 GByte
6 GByte
The size
471 mm2 471 mm2 471 mm2 314 mm2 601 mm2
16 nm 16 nm 16 nm 16 nm 28 nm
12 billion 12 billion 12 billion 7.2 billion 8 billion
Streaming Multiprocessors (SM)
28 28 28
20 22
GFLOPS (basic clock)
10.157 10.609 11.068
8.228 5.632
Texture Units
224 224 224 160 176
Texture fill rate
317.4 GT/s 331.5 GT/s 351.5 GT/s
257.1 GT/s 214 GT/s
96 88 88
64 96
Pixel fill rate
136 GPix/s 130.24 GPix/s 144.8 GPix/s
114.2 GPix/s 116.7 GPix/s
Storage data rate
10 Gbps 11 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 7 Gbps
Storage bus
384 bits 352 bits 352 bits 256 bits 384 bits
Memory bandwidth
480 GByte/s 484 GByte/s 484.4 GByte/s 320 GByte/s 336 GByte/s
L2 cache
3 MByte 2816 KByte 2816 KByte 2 MByte 3 MByte
250 watts 250 watts 280 Watt (PT)
180 watts 250 watts

Test system and measurement methods

The new test system and the methodology have already been described in great detail in the basic article "How We Test Graphics Cards" (English: "How We Test Graphics Cards") and therefore, for the sake of simplicity, we now only refer to this detailed Description. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. However, we have improved CPU and cooling once again in order to largely exclude possible CPU bottle necks for this fast card.

If you are interested, the summary in table form quickly provides a brief overview:

Test systems and measuring rooms
Intel Core i7-6900K -4.3GHz
MSI X99S XPower Gaming Titanium
Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200
1x 1 TByte Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)
2x 960 GByte Toshiba OCZ TR150 (Storage, Images)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro (all updates)
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
Alphacool Ice Age 2000 Chiller
2x Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Case Simulation)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Lian Li PC-T70 with expansion kit and modifications
Modes: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Power consumption:
non-contact DC measurement on the PCIe slot (Riser-Card)
non-contact DC measurement on the external PCIe power supply
Direct voltage measurement on the respective feeders and on the power supply
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multi-channel oscillograph with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current togor adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, touch divider (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with storage function
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own low-reflection measuring room, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise in dBA (Slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as a graph

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