KFA2/Galax GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC Review

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Power Consumption

By default, this card's power target is set to a moderate 250W, matching Nvidia's Founders Edition board. It can be raised manually to about 300W, which is plenty for a modest dual-slot thermal solution. Not surprisingly, the stock target is hit during our gaming and torture tests. However, even if the power target is set as high as possible using Afterburner, the actual value peaks just above 287W. The cooler is simply overwhelmed before getting to 300W, causing the card to hit its 80°C temperature limit first.

The GP102 processor on our test sample is below-average, but good enough to allow a ~1772 MHz overclock at 0.975V after warm-up. With a bit of luck, 1847 MHz at 1.012V could be doable. It's simply not possible to go much further, suggesting bad luck in the silicon lottery. That's life, unfortunately.

Gaming Loop

Let's break the power consumption measurement into separate, higher-resolution lines for each supply rail over a two-minute interval. In spite of our intelligent low-pass filter, occasional spikes remain visible. In places, they reach up to 300W. On average, however, this card stays around its 250W power target.

The graph corresponding to our current measurement looks just as hectic.

Torture Test

Since the load is more consistent under our stress test, the peaks are almost completely eliminated. Instead, we see where GPU Boost kicks in to brutally limit power use.

The isolated current readings behave similarly.

Load On The Motherboard Slot

Ever since the launch of AMD's Radeon RX 480, we've been asked to include this metric in our reviews. But KFA2/Galax's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC gives us no reason to be concerned about load on the motherboard's 16-lane PCIe 3.0 slot. In fact, our highest reading is 4.4A, leaving plenty of headroom under the PCI-SIG's 5.5A ceiling.

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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
  • SirFlamenco
    Is it a blower design
  • Busdriver1871
  • 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. :)

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • ninjustin
    EVGA needs to work on their box art Is that a Jugalo on that box?
  • 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?
  • 2ndLastjedi
    No one?