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KFA2/Galax GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC Review

Cooling

Around back, the board is unremarkable. Notice those dark spots where the thermal pads were glued on between the PCB and backplate.

The one-piece aluminum alloy backplate sports a generous number of openings to increase airflow. It facilitates passive cooling, in addition to looking good. Furthermore, that plate adds rigidity to the board, preventing the heavy cooler from bending the PCB.

Underneath, the backplate is covered with insulating foil, though the foil is missing wherever thermal pads are required to make contact. As a result of this foil, thermal energy absorbed by the backplate can only dissipate through its exposed side (rather than back down toward the card).

The cooler itself is a dual-slot solution, differentiating KFA2/Galax's card from the larger 2.5-slot options out there. Of course, that also means the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC is subject to physical limits dictated by its smaller cooling surface area. Thicker boards benefit from larger coolers able to handle more heat.

A cooling solution for the voltage converters is certainly nice. In addition to the real VRM heat sink, which is integrated into the cooler, it also provides optimal cooling for the chokes and flat SMD capacitors. Furthermore, the cooling surface is large enough that it touches the furthest-out load-balancing VRMs as well.

Four 8mm copper heat pipes and one short 6mm pipe are tasked with distributing heat through the heat sink's fins. As you can see in the picture, a copper plate makes contact with the heat pipes, which are pressed into the cooler's body. Its back is attached to an aluminum plate.


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  • sosofm
    A review about this 1080Ti http://www.kfa2.com/kfa2/graphics-card/hof/kfa2-geforcer-gtx-1080-ti-hof-le.html
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  • SirFlamenco
    Is it a blower design
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  • Busdriver1871
    Boooooooring
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  • FormatC
    19861508 said:
    A review about this 1080Ti http://www.kfa2.com/kfa2/graphics-card/hof/kfa2-geforcer-gtx-1080-ti-hof-le.html
    Just in work, stay tuned :)

    But in comparison with the dual-slot EVGA this solution is not worse. You can save a lot of money (and space), if you haven't such a big case. It is our job to show both sides of life - the Ferraris and the butter-and-bread cards. :)

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  • Nolonar
    19861700 said:
    Is it a blower design
    You can tell just by looking at the pictures.

    Blowers have exactly 1 fan.
    Blower fan blades are oriented such that the air will flow sideways.
    Blowers have a casing that's designed to lead the air to the back of the card (out of the PC).

    Not only does this card have 2 fans, the fan blade orientation clearly shows that the air will flow towards the card, and the casing is obviously open, which means the air isn't led anywhere.

    So, no, it's not a blower design.
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  • Magnus Thunderson
    2 HDMI 2.0 and 2 display ports would of been a much better choice but the I do not care as can not justify spending that much on a video card
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  • photonboy
    Magnus Thunderson,
    I don't agree. I think 3xDP makes more sense. DisplayPort is becoming the standard for monitors, and people buying expensive GPU's may want a TRIPLE MONITOR setup with an HDMI left over for a BluRay playerThere are also OTHER configurations of cards for people who have different needs.
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  • ninjustin
    EVGA needs to work on their box art Is that a Jugalo on that box?
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  • 2ndLastjedi
    I just got one of these GPU's, it sits at 2038 with a +136 on core @70c and can do +500 on memory but im concerned about the memory temps. Do you think the cooler solution is going to keep the memory at a safe temp with this OC?
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  • 2ndLastjedi
    No one?
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