NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Video Card Review

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Temperature & Noise Testing

The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Idle and Load Temps:

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When it comes to temperatures the GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X Founders Edition graphics card were 34C at idle and 83C at load while gaming on our open air test bench. This is not a 0dB fan design, so notice the fan was spinning at 1100 RPM at idle and then 2200 RPM at load.

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Here is a chart that shows the temperatures of the GeForce GTX 1080 FE versus some other high-end desktop cards.

 

Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 isn’t the quietest card we’ve ever tested, but it isn’t the loudest either. We have no complaints about the sound level or choke whine issues with our sample card.

** The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X reference card that we are using was the original model with a loud water pump that whines. AMD changed the pump design before the cards hit the retail market, but wasn’t willing to replace ours. We expect retail cards to perform quieter for this and hopefully AMD will send us a replacement card for proper noise testing. **

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  • Nick G.

    I have the amp extreme 980ti, and I really love it. It’s boost clock sits at 1445 constant. Since I knew it would go there, I just disabled the auto boosting and manually overclocked it to 1655 with just a small bump in power (105%). After that, it’s dead even with a 1080. I bought it in January 2016 (This year as of this writing) and been super happy with it. I would say if you have a lower card, then the 1080 is the way to go now, but If everything is fine it’s not worth the jump.

    With all that said, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Zotac does with the 1080Ti, that’s when I’ll jump to the 1080 series, or something newer. I usually upgrade every 2 years or so.

  • Jose Suarez

    Small typo in the overclocking page. “By overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB reference card we were able to take the score of 17,114 on 3DMark Fire Strike and raise it up to 17911.”

    Nice article legitreviews. Keep up the good work.

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    can you please add the division into the benchmark if possible :{ as well as ashes of singularity as a dx12 async compute test xd.

  • Cordell Hughes

    The Nvidia GTX 1080 vs. the AMD Radeon Pro Duo. I’ve looked on over a dozen reviews sites and the Radeon Pro Duo is nowhere to be found with the GTX 1080 which just came out this week. is there some kind of restraining contract that keeps reviewers benchmarking the two together or what?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      AMD didn’t sample us with an AMD Radeon Pro Duo since it’s really not aimed at gamers. If you know of someone that would let me borrow one for 24 hours I’ll happily benchmark it and overnight mail it back!

  • Dicehunter

    The GP104 isn’t partially disabled as you say in the overclocking section, It’s the full GP104 chip.

  • Ali D

    thanks for the review Nathan.

  • Wookie Groomer

    THANK YOU for reviewing it against the Zotac AMP! Extreme. That’s the card I have and no one seems to use it as a reference card for fastest off the shelf 980ti against the new 1080. I suspected it wouldn’t be too far behind like all the other stock 980ti card reviews I have read. I hope with the new 3rd party cards with “extreme” factory overclocking and better cooling the numbers will skyrocket when used in sli.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      My pleasure… Not sure why more sites didn’t use some of the factory overclocked AIB cards as those were by far the most sold variant for the 980 Ti series!

  • Khaled Mohamed Gharib

    The 1080p Fallout and Tomb Raider Charts has the Average and Minimum Colors swapped, and there is no 1080p chart for GTAV.. Time for me to buy a 4K monitor I guess. J/K

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Fixed the chart colors just now after you pointed out that two had the colors switched. Thanks for pointing that out! The GTAV 1080P numbers will be up after spot checking a odd number!

  • Khaled Mohamed Gharib

    In BF4, Average is Orange. In Fallout 4, Average is Blue. In GTAV, Average is Blue, Again. Tomb Raider: Orange. Too frustrating for me.