Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming – high-end graphics card on Pascal architecture

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - high-end graphics card on the Pascal architecture

GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming – the fastest NVIDIA graphics card with one GPU, which works very effectively. NVIDIA graphics card is positioned as the flagship high-end segment. In our tests we were able to assess the potential of the reference model GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, which proved to be excellent. We also tested five cards with the alternative design from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Inno3D and Zotac.

Gigabyte offers five different models of GeForce GTX 1080. Of course, there is also a model Founders Edition, which released all NVIDIA partners. To stand out from the competition, the Taiwanese company has developed four video card. One such model GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming recently participated in our test summary. In the case of GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Gigabyte offers a special version with extra supply. Below we consider in more detail the video card and perform the test. You can also note and GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Water Cooling, equipped with closed circuit CBO.

Let us look at GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming in more detail. The Gigabyte, as well as some other manufacturers, the software allows you to switch between modes. Gigabyte base frequency increased to 1.607 MHz to 1.749 or 1.784 MHz (or Boost in Gaming mode). Boost frequency was increased from 1.733 MHz to 1.898 MHz and 1.932 MHz. Here Gigabyte has moved to the level of ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080. 8 GB memory GDDR5X Gigabyte dispersed at 50 MHz to 2.550 MHz. What gave a small increase in memory bandwidth.

If you are interested in the details of the architecture, we recommend that you read an overview of the GeForce GTX 1080 in which we have considered in detail the architecture of Pascal, a 16-nm process technology and FinFET new features.

In our tests, the GPU new, whether it’s from AMD or the NVIDIA, we have repeatedly said that the video card performance affected by temperature and power consumption. What can be clearly seen by the results of GeForce GTX 1080 consolidated first test.

In the video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming max GPU temperature was 69 ° C. It is not a problem, throttling was not observed due to overheating. Frequencies in the games amounted to 1.974-1.987 MHz, video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming was among the fastest models.

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - high-end graphics card on the Pascal architecture

 Impression GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

Before we move on to a detailed examination of Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, let me give the technical specifications of the cooler, PCB, etc.

Passive job in Fan Yes idle (below 42 ° C)

The length of the video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming is 288 mm, which is standard for this model. Just a bit shorter PCB – 265 mm. So, Gigabyte little beyond the card. Other details we will discuss below.

Appearance GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming is significantly different from the GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming from the first consolidated overview. There’s video card has been almost completely black with a few accents of another color. Xtreme Gaming Do you pay attention to the silver inserts and unusual location of the three fans.

Behind almost all PCB closed metal plate. Only the rear part of the video card can be seen more holes, presumably to prevent heat accumulation under the plate. The height of the video card is increased to 125 mm, which is partly due to the size of PCB, in part – with a protruding top cooler.

Three fan Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming have a diameter of 100 mm. Because they just do not fit the length of the graphics card, Gigabyte slightly lowered the average fan. But Gigabyte still had to make the average fan impeller flatter. As a result, two fans hanging over the middle. Interestingly, the average fan rotates in the other direction, this approach increases the air flow.

In idle mode, all three fans stop. Stop occurs at lower temperatures GPU to 42 ° C. Rotation is resumed when the GPU temperature increase to 54 ° C, then the fan speed increases to a maximum of 1,780 r / min.

At Xtreme Gaming graphics card uses the RGB-lighting. At the end of the video card is illuminated logo “Xtreme Gaming”. On the right you can see the LED fans to stop. He turns at idle, when the fans stop. We will not stop there again on RGB-lighting capabilities, be sure to refer to the relevant part of our review GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming.

Extra power is supplied to the graphics card via two 8-pin socket. They allow you to apply theory to 375 W with slot PCI Express, which significantly exceeds the power threshold. Next to the nests, there are two indicators that point to the correct connection. If they are blinking, then the 8-pin sockets are malnourished.

Gigabyte said that bent radiator fins are observed only in the first sample, exiled media. Packaging of the final version of the video has been improved, it is more effective in protecting the graphics card.

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - high-end graphics card on the Pascal architecture

Of course, there were two bridges SLI. Thanks to them, the GeForce GTX 1080 can work in configurations 2-Way, 3-Way or 4-Way SLI. In practice, the configuration will be encountered most often 2-Way SLI, especially because Microsoft DirectX 12 based on two GPU.

The back plate is added blotch brushed aluminum with Gigabyte logo “Xtreme Gaming”, which we have previously encountered.

At the rear end of the video, there are two HDMI outputs. They belong to the Gigabyte VR Link function. A complete HDMI cable and a module for the 5.25-inch drive bay, you can bring two HDMI ports in the front housing, which will allow you to connect modern VR glasses, such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, to the front panel. Also, EVGA offers a similar feature on some of their graphics cards. The card determines when a front HDMI output connected equipment, so HDMI ports on slot plug disconnected (and vice versa).

In addition to two HDMI VR Link ports on the rear end graphics card, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming offers a standard set of plug in the slot. Namely, three DisplayPort 1.3 / 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b and dual DVI.

Without the cooler can be considered PCB Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming with components. You can well see the GPU and memory, as well as the components of the power system in the back of the card.

Gigabyte has established eight GDDR5X memory chips around the GPU. They work with increased clock speeds up to 2,550 MHz, the memory bandwidth of 326.7 GB / s. Micron remains the only GDDR5X memory manufacturer, so all of GeForce GTX 1080 are based on the same memory. Over the three top memory chips significantly exposed printed circuit board, it is 10 mm above the normal level.

Despite the larger PCB area, in the back of the motherboard the power subsystem components are very tightly packed. The place is very small, and because the two outputs HDMI.s

Video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming uses a 14 + 2 phase power. Load Balancer mechanism of load balance between phases of power. There is also a protection against overheating. Finally, Gigabyte claims the use of only high-quality components.

Gigabyte has paid special attention to the cooling system. In addition to the three fans, partially overhanging the top of each other, the Gigabyte has added a number of features. In the photos you can see a large copper plate Gigabyte, covering the GPU and eight memory chips. From it come heatpipes, diverting heat to the heatsink. Some of the cooler fins are inclined to increase the contact surface between the radiator and the air.

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - high-end graphics card on Pascal architecture

The cooler removes heat not only from the GPU and memory chips, but also on the VRM. But this part is not copper plate, and a special area of the radiator. Fan out from the base, a total of six heat pipes to distribute heat to the front and rear region of the radiator.

Consider additional VR Link components. There is a plug slot, through which the two HDMI cable, you can output the body. But also there is also a module for the 5.25-inch drive bay, which can be installed into the case. It offers also a two-port USB 3.0, which are connected to the motherboard.

With new graphics updated Pascal NVIDIA SLI interface. To use the interface at high speed requires new bridges SLI, which offers itself NVIDIA, but they can also be bought from other manufacturers and EVGA graphics cards. Gigabyte has decided to add these bridges supplied GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming. However, they are calculated on the distance between the graphics cards in two slots, which can not be observed on all motherboards. In this case, you have to buy an additional SLI bridges.

Test configuration and testing procedure GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

We have significantly upgraded the software in the form of games and tests, but the hardware remains, for the most part, the same. For our test system was as close to practical conditions, we conducted tests in a closed cabinet. Operating System Windows 10 was installed on the SSD, but for the games we used the hard drive. On the test results are not affected.

Components GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

  • Processor Intel Core i7-3960X 3,3 GHz overclock to 3.9 GHz
  • Cooling System Corsair H110i GT NWO with zamknutnym circuit
  • Motherboard ASUS P9X97 Deluxe
  • Skill Memory
  • SSD OCZ Arc 100 240 GB
  • The power supply unit Seasonic Platinum Series 1.000 W
  • Operating System Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Housing Fractal Design Define R5

Our test system contains components Intel, ASUS, Fractal Design, Corsair, G.Skill, OCZ and Seasonic. We thank all the producers who provided us included!

We used the following drivers:

  • All NVIDIA graphics cards: GeForce 369.39
  • All video cards AMD: Radeon Software 16.1.1

We used the following games and tests:

  • Futuremark 3DMark
  • Luxmark 3.0
  • GPUPI 2.2
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Hitman
  • Far Cry Primal
  • DiRT Ralley
  • Anno 2205
  • The Division
  • Fallout 4
  • The Talos Principle
  • DOOM

Energy consumption, noise and temperature GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

Proceed to estimate noise power and temperature.

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - high-end graphics card on Pascal architecture

Even among high-end graphics cards in fashion trend Fan off idle. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming is no exception, the fans are switched off when GPU cooling to 42 ° C. With increasing load on the graphics card fan is switched on at a temperature of 54 ° C.

Much more interesting is the noise level under load and there Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming pleasantly surprised as 39.4 dB (A) is not much louder than the very silent graphics cards in our tests – ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 and 1080 Zotac GeForce GTX AMP! Extreme Edition. High theoretical performance is not accompanied by a high level of noise that can be welcomed.

In idle mode, there are no problems with the GPU temperature. Although graphics card with a semi-cooled temperature slightly above patterns, whose fans are not switched off. After cooling fans to stop the temperature threshold, the temperature drops very slowly (if not reduced). With a temperature of 41 ° C Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming remains a few degrees below the fan to cut out, so the graphics card in idle mode runs completely silently.

Under load, the temperature increased to 69 ° C, the lowest level among the 1080 GTX in our tests. This temperature is pleasantly pleased, because the graphics card to achieve the level of cooling is not working too loudly. Many graphics card also significantly cooled GPU, but due to the high noise level. In our opinion, it is better to sacrifice a few degrees to reduce the fan speed. With Gigabyte did not have to go to such compromises card pleases and low noise, and low temperature.

As energy consumption Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming we do not see anything unusual. It is on quite the expected level. Recall that we measured the power consumption for the entire system.

Under load the video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, despite the high clock speeds, works quite efficiently. Some video cards with lower clock speeds consume more. So the card can not be accused of excessive levels of energy consumption.

If you plan to use the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming with multiple monitors, you worry about power consumption is not necessary – it increases slightly. Gigabyte Video is focused on the use of a VR-glasses as two additional ports facilitate the connection of HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - high-end graphics card on Pascal architecture

 Acceleration GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

Despite the relatively high level of factory overclocking, we increased the clock speeds manually Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming. As usual, we set the bar Power Limit consumption to maximum. But the video card still rested against the voltage limit, even though we tried to squeeze a higher frequency when a voltage is unchanged. Memory we overclocked to 2,750 MHz.

As for the GPU, we have been able to reach the frequency of 2.052 MHz. That is to disperse before us one of the fastest graphics cards. However, even the best graphics cards here show its limitations. The output here will be selected and GPU cooling with liquid nitrogen. Then we will see even higher clock speeds.

 Conclusion

In our review of the GeForce GTX five 1080 model Gigabyte G1 Gaming proved to be good, but the lead did not come out. However, we have a lot of video and did not expect, because Gigabyte has positioned it as an improvement compared to the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition.

At GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming positioning is quite different. With her Gigabyte aiming for leadership in the tests. The cooler is also pleased with the good cooling performance. Before us is a premium graphics card, so the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming performing well in several disciplines.

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming - high-end graphics card on Pascal architecture

The performance of Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming really showed itself above the average. By Boost frequency under load card game was among the leaders of the three models (Zotac, Inno3D and Gigabyte) showed similar results, and the same goes for the test – the video card is among the leaders. Another question arises: can we consider the difference in a matter of interest, or even of a percentage sufficient to justify the choice of a particular model? Decide for yourself, but performance should be considered in addition to other arguments.

One of these arguments in the case of Gigabyte associated with the cooling system – the Taiwanese manufacturer was pleasantly surprised. The cooler cools the GPU (and other components such as memory and VRM) to the pleasant temperatures. In addition, under load it worked pretty quiet that meets these video cards are not always. Gigabyte was able to unlock the potential of the GPU and Pascal architecture, graphics card is limited only by the bar voltage, Gigabyte has raised the bar of energy, so there were no restrictions.

There are two other benefits. Firstly, Gigabyte offers a warranty of 4 years. Here, manufacturers began to compete with each other. For example, EVGA offers for a small fee, even up to 10 years warranty. Zotac If we get a standard 5-year warranty. I would also like to mention the RGB-backlit GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, through which the card looks very nice. Although if you use a graphics card in a sealed enclosure, is the use of the backlight will not be enough. It should also be mentioned and additional features like VR Link, because they facilitate the connection of VR-points to the video card Gigabyte. Limited cable length in such cases becomes not such a serious obstacle.

After cooling performance and it is worth mentioning one more factor – price. In Russia, the card does not appear, but in Europe Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming will cost from 849 euros.

Benefits Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming:

Built on the GeForce GTX 1080, the fastest single GPU

The high level of factory overclocking

8 GB GDDR5X

GPU Boost 3.0 with new options

Lower GPU temperature

Low noise level

Additional ports for HDMI VR-glasses

Disadvantages Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming:

High price

Test and review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming – high-end graphics card on Pascal architecture was last modified: July 15th, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt