NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Video Card Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Overclocking

As you saw from the benchmarks on the previous pages, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is no slouch at stock speeds! Those looking for even more performance can use an overclocking utility like EVGA Precision X to get even more performance from the GP104 ‘Pascal’ GPU. This is due to the fact that NVIDIA left plenty of overhead with particular GPU for enthusaists and gamers to tap into if they wanted to push the envelope a little bit. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is power limited in most game titles and it will often hit the stock temperature target of 83C, so it will also benefit from additional power and a higher temperature target.

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We installed a latest version of the EVGA PrecisionX 16 overclocking utility to overclock the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video card! You can use whatever software utility you like for overclocking, but this was the only one available that supports the Pascal GPU architecture at the time of testing.

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In case you forgot, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 card is clocked at 1607 MHz base with a boost clock of 1075MHz. The 8GB of GDDR5X memory is clocked at 1251MHz (5004 MHz effective). Let’s see how much higher we can get this partially disabled GP104 Pascal GPU with 2560 CUDA cores!

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is pretty open when it comes to overclocking. You can increase the power target to 120% and if you leave the GPU Temp Target locked it will automatically increase to 92C. We pushed the GPU Clock offset to +215MHz and the Mem Clock Offset to +400MHz on our card and found it was stable in the game titles that we tested. We could run the memory at +600 MHz, but the performance went down.

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This overclock meant that we were running at up to 2075.5MHz at times thanks to NVIDIA Boost 3.0 on the core and 1350 MHz (5400 MHz effective) on the 8GB of Micron GDDR5X memory.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Stock:

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Overclocked (+215/+400):

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By overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition graphics card we were able to take the score of 17,114 on 3DMark Fire Strike and raise it up to 17,911. This is a 797 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 4.6 percent. The overal FPS average in Graphics Test 1 went from 101.70 to 109.25, which is a 7.4% performance gain in the graphics test.

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We benchmarked the GeForce GTX 1080 overclocked to +215MHz core and +400MHz in a number of game titles and found that it was rock solid with nice performance gains. For example in BF4 we were able to average over 60 FPS on the GeForce GTX 1080 with this simple overclock.

Let’s wrap this review up!

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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.