Model Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Premium Pack comes in a large heavy package that and says, “I open and find all my secrets.”
The external design of the box has not undergone great changes: in the center is a bright logo series, and in the bottom row – the familiar logo. We inform that the novelty is equipped with the original cooling system Windforce and provides support for virtual reality, which in this case makes a great accent. In addition, the card can boast an extended four-year warranty.
The reverse side of the box is full of greater variety of information. It is told about the merits of the cooler with a modified form of a radiator and fan impeller plate, a dust-proof cover to protect the PCB from dust and moisture, nice lighting and complete the bridge RGB SLI.
However, the video card than actually stands “on clothes,” so it is the support of virtual reality to which this time treated more seriously than usual. Everything in order.
Packing Gigabyte model deserves special attention. Developers have tried to give it to the maximum eye-catching elements.
The upper part of the box hides the assembly, which included a leaflet with warranty information booklet for registration, pleasant Daddy document (you can flaunt in front of friends) and a couple of accessories.
This cloth mouse pad medium size – XMP300, power adapter 2 x 6pin-> 8pin and accessories, designed for real fans – Wrist protection (some familiar name is “wristband”).
If you wish to come to grips with the virtual reality, the Gigabyte version is suitable for this purpose perfectly. The complete panel can be found for Xtreme VR Link housing for 5.25 “with two HDMI inputs and two connectors USB 3.0, as well as the plug on the rear panel, and a metal logo Gigabyte SLI bridge on two cards.
Model Gigabyte carefully packed in an additional anti-static bag and soft inserts. In order to consolidate its two cardboard inserts inside of polyethylene foam compartment are provided, in which the foam packing placed. All connectors are covered with bright orange and black caps.
After the procedure, extract video from the package in front of us finally appears Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming in all its glory, affecting not only the design, but also the size.
The length of the model is 288 mm Width – 140 mm, the height – 57 mm. The last parameter indicates that the new product will block three expansion slots, and enthusiasts who want to install two of these graphics cards in SLI mode, need a spacious housing and a motherboard with PCI-Express connectors, remote from each other at the required distance.
Regarded version GeForce GTX 1080 has an interesting appearance, which highlights three large fan diameter 95 mm each and an interesting cover, equipped with illuminated side panels and in the center of the crosshairs.
The other side in the best tradition of top products is protected by the support plate (backplate). One of the interesting features of note that it is part of a passive cooling system, contact with the circuit board by means of the thermal interface.
Next view to evaluate the design features of the model and projecting the cooler elements.
The rear panel is exactly the same version of the Nvidia reference model with the five video outputs:
It supports the following resolutions:
Do not be upset if you do it will seem a little. In front of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming are an additional two HDMI inputs for connecting virtual reality by Xtreme VR Link panel.
In addition, Gigabyte graphics card is equipped with customizable RGB backlighting. A nice feature is the side panel «Fan Stop», allowing to assess the state of semi-passive (as they are called by the developers) fans staying idle.
Extra power is realized by means of two Eight-connectors and provided by them is more than enough energy even during extreme overclocking.
Following the popular trend, they are equipped with LED connection.
As the cooling system on the graphics card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming used massive cooler with a variety of advantages. However, in order to study them, you must unscrew the seven spring loaded screws, disconnect the wiring from three short supply and lighting and to cope with the huge amount of thermal interface, laminating printed circuit board and heat sink.
The base of the cooler is presented in the form of a massive copper plate, covering all eight memory chips. From the technology of direct contact in this case is refused, perhaps it’s for the best.
During the cooling power subsystem meets the brazed aluminum insert with two rows of thermal spacers.
Engineers uniformly distributed load with the help of fastening, as a result, the transistors imprint is very uniform, which has a beneficial effect on the temperature readings.
massive heat sink design is simple – it’s two-piece heat spreader, recruited from a large number of aluminum plates of complex shape. All connections are soldered carefully.
We are paying attention to the second cooler section. Developers have tried to use the maximum useful area of the radiator and increase the contact area with the air flow, with the result that, by the assurance engineers, has a positive effect on the efficiency of the cooling system.
An additional factor is the use of composite heat pipes, which improves heat transfer. A total of six are used herein: Five – 8 mm in diameter, one – 6 mm.
cooling shroud deserves a separate paragraph. Video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming different if not a hybrid, something interesting circuit layout of fans and the way they work, about which talk a little lower. Metal casing structure inspires confidence as the applied light.
In addition to the side panel, color display is equipped with a central section with «Xtreme Gaming» logo.
Fans, too, is not as easy as it seems. Models of 95 mm is very difficult to place on the graphics card 288 mm in length, so the developers have used an unusual approach: two side decks received broad blade at the top of the structure, and the center – at the bottom.
Thereby impeller overlap, but still rotating in opposite directions! All this is done to improve the efficiency of the cooling system. It remains only to verify this decision into practice.
In all three cases the fan represented by well-known company Power Logic, PLD10015B12H model. They are able to rotate in the range 0-3200 rev / min and be quiet to 1600 rev / min.
Rounding out the cooling system design support plate. In addition to its core responsibilities it removes heat from the VRM zone and multiple memory chips with a few strips of thermal spacers. It should be noted that the temperature of these elements are lower, but he “bekpleyt” very hot.
Video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming is based on the original circuit board in black with a glossy sheen, which actually turns out to be specially coated for protection against moisture and dust.
Use a standard layout: the graphics processor is located in the center of the memory chips – around him. PCB PCB width is increased to a more powerful power supply subsystem.
Element base is made by Ultra Durable VGA concept, which involves the use of high-quality capacitors, ferrite cores, field-effect transistors and double copper layers in the board.
The power system is made according to the formula “12 + 2”: twelve phases assigned to the graphics processor, and two video memory gets.
As the PWM controller chip used uP9511P production uPI Semiconductor.
At the heart of the review of the hero became a GPU GP104-400-A1, produced on 16 nm process technology in the 28th week of 2016. It includes 2560 shaders, 64 blocks rasterization and 160 texture units.
The card is equipped with eight gigabytes of graphics memory, which scored eight Micron chips production.
The clock speed of memory chips is 1276 MHz (effective frequency – 10 208 MHz).
Model Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming in the series Premium Pack belongs to the top segment. As a result, many are asking for it, and it will suit only those enthusiasts, who for the sake of quality and functionality do not stand up for the price.
On the positive trends noted the high level of performance, which provides good acceleration, and the cooling system. On the latter, you can talk a long time, telling all its advantages: excellent opportunities for low and moderate level of noise and a lot of potential. Mention deserves and implementation of lighting, which became mandatory attribute and gaming flagship models, and extended four-year warranty.
As for the Premium Pack, the first time in many reviews of the word “premium” can be applied in the way that it normally means. Despite the fact that the era of virtual reality has not yet come, the company Gigabyte was noted on this front, releasing the video card is fully ready for this technology. But the set is interesting not only this. It includes SLI bridge, firm mat, a wristband, an additional panel and an adapter; all that before, ten years ago, it was commonplace and indispensable, and now it seems to some luxury.
However, no comments could not have done. You can quibble as video size, and a value, but it is justified by the status of the model, its positioning in the market and generously equipped.
As a result, graphics card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Premium Pack proved to be an interesting option of top-class with a lot of advantages and a few disadvantages. This is one of the best versions of the GeForce GTX 1080, designed for advanced users and enthusiasts.