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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review

Some of the most impressive components we have seen in recent times have been released by Gigabyte. In the motherboard and GPU markets they have been consistently pushing for excellence, adding some cool features along the way. A great example of that is their range of motherboards which added the ability to swap out audio components, a nice feature for those who want to maximise their enjoyment of onboard sound. Today we find out what Gigabyte can do with the latest high-end NVIDIA card in our Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review – The Gigabyte 1080

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review

Gigabyte goes with their G1 Gaming branding on this card bundled with it users will find product documentation and a software CD.

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Gigabyte sticks with a dual slot design for their version of the GTX 1080 and attached to the front of the card is their Windforce 3 cooler. It features three fans which are designed to have enhanced airflow over standard models (23% improvement). These sit above a large aluminium heatsink and three composite heat pipes (copper, powder, liquid and hollow tube) pass through that heatsink and draw heat away from the GPU. Gigabyte uses a chunky backplate on the card and apply plenty of LED sections (16.8m colours) to the front and top. It is also worth noting that when the GPU is under low load, or during desktop use, the fans shut down and the card becomes completely silent. Enhanced chokes and capacitors are used along with a process which selects the best quality GPUs for use with this higher end card. Finally, Gigabyte further enhacne the design with an 8+2 power phase layout which should improve overclocking potential.

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For the card outputs we have DVI, HDMI 2.0b and, 3x DisplayPort. The power input is an 8pin connector which is standard for 1080’s. All key NVIDIA/Industry features are also supported including DirectX 12, CUDA, DirectCompute, 4K, Audio over DisplayPort/HDMI, PhysX, G-Sync, SLI (inc SLI HB) and Dynamic Super Resolution.


For the main specifications, this card runs at 1696MHz out of the box with boost up to 1835MHz. Memory sits at 1250MHz. In this 16nm Pascal GPU, there are 2560 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, 160TMUs, 256bit memory bus and 8GB of GDDR5x.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review – Software

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To monitor and tweak our card Gigabyte provides a free tool. We can overclock the GPU and memory as expected and it also allows us to tweak the LED lighting to our requirements as well as fine tune fan profiles or choose between pre-set configurations.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review – Performance

Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-6950X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 10 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched.

NVIDIA Driver: 368.39
AMD Driver: Latest Crimson Edition (June 16)


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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming we have a card which immediately impresses. There is no denying that the reference/founders design 1080 is a cool looking, well-built card but it is a little generic and there are limited options for LEDs etc. Gigabyte therefore offers something a little different while still maintaining a high level of components used. The LED configuration is great, use of status LEDS for power is useful and as always Gigabyte uses high-quality components across the PCB as well as some impressive heatpipes.

Pricing for this card feels appropriate. Any GTX 1080 is going to require a significant amount of money but despite the enhanced build quality Gigabyte have kept their card very competitively priced against the competition. Both other NVIDIA based cards and parts based around AMD hardware.

On the performance front, all good news really. We do need to note that looking at the MHz numbers that this isnt the highest factory overclock available on the market however the difference in real world performance is minimal. Around 100points in 3DMark vs a higher factory overclock. Or 1-2 FPS max. With the 1080 G1 Gaming we can game in all the latest titles at 4k resolution and it easily outperforms the high-end AMD parts. The card will have no issue providing the performance required for VR gaming and to round it all off, power use and thermals are all very good for this class of card.

Summary: A well rounded take on the GTX 1080 which is worthy of our Performance Award.

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Stuart Davidson

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