We have yet another custom Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card that has made its way to the web. This one is from Galax and while it's not drastically different from Nvidia's reference cards it is Galax's own design. Remember the custom GTX 1080 that Galax was teasing over on Facebook just a couple of days ago? well here it is courtesy of VCZ.
The card maintains a dual PCIe slot, blower fan design and features an entirely black shroud and matte black PCB. Notably missing is Nvidia's fancy metallic exoskeleton although that's note entirely bad as the $100 premium attatched to that Founder's Edition cooler will also be notably missing from this card's MSRP.
Custom Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 From Galax Pictured - Features A Blower Style Cooler Without The Fancy Shroud
Inspecting the graphics card closely reveals that this is actually a GTX 1070 - board # PG411 as opposed to PG413 - rather than a GTX 1080. Which means that Galax used a GTX 1070 card for this photo. Which in turn means that we'll the company launch both GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards based on this design as a more affordable alternative to the Founder's Edition - Nvidia's reference design - GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards which are $100 and $80 more expensive respectively than the standard MSRPs of $599 and $379.
Despite their look, these cards may very well end up with higher clock speeds right out of the box compared to the Founder's Edition cards. Because unlike Nvidia's reference design which the board partners aren't allowed to alter in any fashion, they are free to customize their own designs. And that includes bumping up the clock speeds.
Now with that in mind, don't expect any major factory overclocks out of these designs. As Galax is sure to follow these with multi fan designs that feature beefier coolers, improved power delivery circuitry and aggressive factory boost frequencies at a later date.
What Are Nvidia's Founder's Edition GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 Graphics Cards?
It's important to quickly mention a few important distinctions between the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards that Nvidia will be launching on May 27th and the designs that Nvidia's partners - the likes of EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, Galax etc - will be introducing in June. The GTX 1080 version that's launching on May 27 is the "Founder's Edition". Which is the reference designed model featuring Nvidia's new air cooler with the peripherally placed blower fan, vapor chamber and metallic exoskeleton.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition
We've confirmed that The Founder's Edition is merely what Nvidia is calling its new reference design, a new brand so to speak. Founder's Edition cards are in no way special Nvidia have confirmed, they will not feature higher clocking binned chips as was previously speculated. They're simply Nvidia's reference designed GTX 1080 0and GTX 1070 graphics cards. The Founder's Edition GTX 1080 will sell for $699, $100 more than the official MSRP for all other GTX 1080 cards that Nvidia's partners will be launching later in June or in late May.
These partner cards include things like Gigabyte's XTREME GAMING, MSI's Gaming cards with the Twin Frozr cooler, EVGA's ACX, Asus's DirectCU and so on. It's actually wise to wait until these custom AIB - Add-In-Board - graphics cards are released before making your purchase. As these always feature higher clock speeds, more features and most importantly better cooling. Which insures lower temperatures, quieter operation and higher overclocking potential. All of which at $599 or 10-20 dollars more as opposed to $699.