EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING Review: The Best Dual Slot 1080 Ti Flavor Around
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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3: Overview
So with the overview of NVIDIA's architecture out of the way, let's talk a bit about EVGA's 1080 Ti. There are various 1080 TI's on the market and if you don't already have a brand preference, it can be a confusing choice while trying to make that decision. Fortunately, EVGA provides easy to read marketing material to help you make that decision.
The first thing that you should know about the FTW3 is that unlike most of its competitors, the card is a strictly 2 slot affair. Why should you care about this you ask? Well, if you are someone who is looking to SLI, card clearance even of the few cm variety can lead to a night and day difference in temperatures. Secondly, it simply helps provide a better fit in most cases.
The GPU also has a rather interesting cooling design: a 3 fan design with each fan capable of not only spinning to zero, but moving independently from the others. EVGA is a brand that's well known for simply exceptional build qualities and their cooling design is no different. Thermal pads are present on any surface that can radiate heat and the fan and pipe design is done so there is no uncontrolled heat output.
This is where the asynchronous fan control comes in. The new tech allows the fans to cool the GPU and the vRAM separately, which is a testament to the thoughtful design which will not allow any component of the card to get hot. This also includes the VRMs by the way, which means that you are looking at a graphics card where almost all heat produced is capable of being pushed out.
Finally, we have the one thing that has probably become an iconic feature of high end EVGA cards: the 9 iCX temperature sensors scattered across the GPU so you can see not only the temperature of the core but of various sections of the card as well. I mean, talk about how confident the company is of their heat dissipation design.