EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card Review

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The GeForce GTX 1080 You’ve Been Dreaming About?

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video card is currently the most powerful graphics card in the world according to our own benchmarks. The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is a great card, but many are waiting for custom board partner cards that feature higher clock frequencies and custom cooling solutions to become readily available. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 cards are still hard to find, but supply is slowly getting better. The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition costs $100 more than the GeForce GTX 1080 $599 MSRP, so it’s safe to say that most gamers will be looking at custom cards from companies like EVGA as they are going to be faster, run cooler while gaming and more than likely cost less. The heart of all GeForce GTX 1080 cards is the same GP104 ‘Pascal’ GPU build on the 16nm FinFET process, so for most the choice is simple.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Series

EVGA currently offers five different EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 models ranging in price from $609.99 for their base model all the way up to $699.99 for the Founders Edition. Today, we’ll be looking at the EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming that sports a pretty decent overclock straight out of the box and is priced right in the middle. When it comes to clock speeds the GeForce GTX 1080 FE features a 1607MHz base and 1733MHz boost clock for $699.99. The EVGA GeForce GTX SuperClock (SC) has a 1708 MHz base clock and an 1847MHz boost clock for $649.99 and then there is the EVGA GeForce GTX FTW Gaming that has slightly higher clock speeds of 1721MHz base and boost of 1860MHz. and boosts up to 1,860MHz for $679.99. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW and GeForce GTX 1080 SC cards both have clock speeds greater than the Founders Edition. Notice that the 8GB of GDDR5X memory that runs at a default 10,000MHz on all of the cards!

GTX 1080 GTX 1070 GTX 980 Ti GTX 980 GTX 780 GTX 680 GTX 580
Microarchitecture Pascal Pascal Maxwell Maxwell Kepler Refresh Kepler Fermi
Stream Processors 2560 1920 2816 2048 2304 1536 512
Texture Units 160 120 176 128 192 128 64
ROPs 64 64 96 64 48 32 48
Core Clock 1607MHz 1506MHz 1000MHz 1126MHz 863MHz 1006MHz 772MHz
Shader Clock N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1544MHz
Boost Clock 1733MHz 1683MHz 1075MHz 1216MHz 900MHz 1058MHz N/A
Frame Buffer 8GB 8GB 6GB 4GB 3GB 2GB 1.5GB
Effective Memory Clock 10,010MHz
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit
Memory Bandwidth 320 256 336.5 224 288 192.3 192.4
FP64 1/32 1/32 1/32 1/32 FP32 1/24 FP32 1/24 FP32 1/8 FP32
TFLOPS 8.9 – Peak
8.2 – Base
6.5 – Peak
5.8 – Base
5.6 5 4 3 1.5
GFLOPS/Watt  49 43 22 30 15 15 6
TDP 180W 150W 250W 165W 250W 195W 244W
Transistor Count 7.2B 7.2B 8.0B 5.2B 7.1B 3.5B 3B
Manufacturing Process TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 40nm
Release Date 05/2016 05/2016 05/2015 09/2014 05/2013 03/2012 11/2010
Launch Price $699 $449 $649 $549 $649 $499 $499

Here is a table that compares NVIDIA’s current models against those that have been released in the past half decade.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SuperClock

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 is a dual-slot form factor card that measures in at 267mm in length and 128mm in height. The ACX 3.0 GPU cooler is more than enough for the 180W TDP GPU and believe it or not the two 100mm fans switch off completely when temperature is below 60°C, so this is a 0dB card when at idle. The ACX 3.0 cooler has radical new looks and EVGA claims it will allow the GeForce GTX 1080 to run up to 10% cooler and up to 13% quieter than the Founder Edition.

ACX 3.0

We like the new look, but on our card there was protective plastic film on each silver metal piece and then another layer across the top of the card. The top layer peeled right off, but the folks on the assembly line put the screws on the silver metal pieces over the film. That meant we had to unscrew nearly each and every one to get tiny plastic pieces off the card.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Power Connector

EVGA used just a single 8-pin power connector for this model and there is just one BIOS on it. The honeycombed screens on the face of the cards has white LED lights. If you wanted a dual-BIOS card with two 8-pin connectors and full RGB lighting (controlled by EVGA’s Precision X OC utility) you’ll need to spend the extra $20 and get the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW model.


EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Backplate

The back of the card has a full-coverage backplate with some mesh screens in a number of spots for improved airflow and heat dissipation.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Video Outputs

The video outputs on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC video card include three DisplayPort connectors, an HDMI 2.0b connector (supporting 4k@60Hz) and a single dual-link DVI output. While there are a total of five video connections, only four can be used simultaneously. The DisplayPort outputs are 1.2 certified and spec DP 1.3/1.4-ready, which means it supports 4K screens at 120Hz or 5K at 60Hz from a single cable and an 8K display at 60Hz if you are using two cables.


Let’s move along to the test system overview and then get straight on to the benchmark results!

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  • Dennis L. Ayers

    I have the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FWT Gaming ACX and I am only getting a max of 30FPS in X-Plane 11 and 60 Max in Arma 3 ? I am waiting on a replacement because those stats are unacceptable for a $699 video card!

    • Dennis Carraher

      Its not the gpu fault, its the programmers lack of coding for multithreading. ARMA 3 is single threaded based, throwing most of the work on one thread.

      • Dennis L. Ayers

        I sure with the programmers would make use of the GPU more! I think they have reached the peak of programming and PCs. Now it will be only very small increments! They are selling Hype now! ha ha The devs of CPU will blame it on the GPU and vice versa!

        • Mat TheCat

          Both those games are notoriously poorly optimised! By way of contrast, you could run BF1 multiplayer maxed out at 4K with a solid 60FPS with that card.

  • das boot

    Wish i could afford it. Now with the economy going to hell I never will be able too.

    • Stan

      You need to study economics to know how dumb your comment is.

      • A Rain

        You need to studty sociology to realize how rude your comment is

        • D1RTYD1Z619

          You need to study English to know how misspelled your comments is

        • Dudeeemadudbomb

          Since we’re on the topic, let’s not forget about the importance of punctuation.

        • Joakim Löwenadler

          Hahaha! That’s gold Dudeeemadudbomb. =)

        • One need only to study the internet to realize how pointless all our comments are! 😛

      • Scottie O

        I study economics, and know just how poorly the US economy really is. One need look no further than the bubbles reforming in the housing market, and the gloriously over-exaggerated jumps in the market any time anyone mentions raising interest rates, to see it. The only statistics that make the economy appear to be doing well are monetary velocity, which is an indication of economic growth, but in and of itself is NOT.

        Someone needs to turn the TV off, and read more.

    • alexander

      made me lol. :0

    • TheGuy

      Trump is going to help you. Soon you will be able to afford this card. When you install it in your system you can say thank you Mr Trump.

      • trog69

        Or thank our new Russian overlords.

        • ddearborn


          The 1080 SC was redesigned and introduced as the SC2 in February 2017 because the old design didn’t properly address the dissipation of heat across the entire board.

          As for Trump, he is answering to the same cabal that Obama and Bush Jr before him. We have the same “old” zionist overlords who have been in power since 9-11. And in case you haven’t been paying attention, the standard of living for all but the 1% has been in steady decline ever since. So it is a hearty and heart felt **** you to the Zionists. My point is that there will be NO recovery for the working class. The Trump administration is using the exact same metrics and procedures to come up with his bogus job numbers as Obama and Bush did before him.

          As for “Russia”; it represents nothing more than a red herring to keep the unruly masses distracted while Trump goes back to war against Syria. (you have heard that Trump disembarked several troop transports full of Marines into Syria yesterday right? Trump also ordered troops on the ground in Yemen within days of his inauguration) This the zionists hope will ensure that Israel can complete the theft of Palestine and Jerusalem without undue public attention and hence outcry here in the US. Naturally Israel is also counting on Trump’s invasion to eventually remove Assad and break up Syria into pieces. (a side benefit of vilifying Russia is that no one will pay attention to their objections) With Southern Syria, including of course the Golan Heights with its massive oil and gas reserves ending up in Israeli hands…….Empire from sea to sea was the game plan since it was first proposed and rejected by President Clinton disguised in a proposal so deviously named Project for a New American Century. Bush and Chaney didn’t buy into it until they were promised LOTS of money. The invasion plans for Afghanistan as prescribed in the Project for a New American Century were on Bush’s desk on 9-10…….

          Guns or butter the age old question. Instead of putting America and Americans first, our “leaders” choose guns for Israel for 16 years in a row. A new American/Israeli record by the way………