Biostar has produced Nvidia graphics cards for years, but the company typically sticks to mid-range GPUs, like the GeForce GTX 950. This time, however, the company has set its eyes on the high end with a new GeForce GTX 1080.
Instead of using a custom cooler, Biostar opted to use the Founder’s Edition cooler employed on numerous other GeForce GTX 1080s. Unfortunately, this will make it harder for the company to differentiate itself. However, Biostar does have its own custom GPU coolers, which it uses on high-end graphics cards sold in other parts of the world, so it is possible we could still see a custom cooled version of the GeForce GTX 1080 from Biostar.
Biostar will likely find it difficult to be price competitive as well. The company sets an MSRP of $799 for its GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, but other GTX 1080s on the market already sell for $699. Because this card doesn’t come with any special features or a more powerful thermal solution, there is no reason to pay $100 more for what is essentially the same graphics card. This is just the MSRP, however, so it's possible we will see Biostar’s GTX 1080 sell for less when it goes up for sale.
The GPU is also not factory overclocked; it operates at the same clock speeds as Nvidia’s Founder’s Edition card.
There is currently no word on availability.
|Biostar GeForce GTX 1080|
|Core Clock||1,607 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1,733 MHz|
|Memory||8 GB GDDR5X 10,010 MHz|
Somewhere someone out there will want to pay more for a card that have no advantage over the Nvidia model