- Introduction, Packaging, Specification and Closer Look
- Initial Impressions and comparison with FE
- Utility and Overclocking Impressions
- Test Bench and Testing Methodology
- Futuremark Benchmark
- OpenGL Benchmarks
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- GPU Computation Benchmark
- Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
- Overclocking Performance Comparison
- Online Purchase Links
In the end…
I was concerned that this lightweight card would mean lesser cooling effectiveness. Its good to see that this isn’t the case with the G1 Gaming GTX 1080 card. The only part that I would wish Gigabyte to correct is to start having a single (and highest) factory overclock out-of-the-box cards. I also do wish that its XG utility does not override the selected profile once newer manual overclocks are selected.
The only LED function this graphic card has is its logo. Not a dealbreaker unless you are looking to match your components with a particular colour combination or they just want RGB disco in their system. The main issue is that while Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080 isn’t a bad card, but other variants including its own Xtreme Gaming lineup would overshadow this card easily.
The fans do not generate an audible sound in a closed case setup up to 75% fan speed, assuming you will require that much fan speed. Having a thin thermal pad on the chokes isn’t the good idea. If a user needs to change the thermal paste on the core in the distant future, that will tear easily and probably make it unusable.
Investing in a Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080 over its founder’s edition could be a pricey affair. This depends on which country you’re in and/or the dealer’s price gouging factor (if present).
But if you look at other company’s offerings, Zotac offers its 1771 MHz base clock AMP! Extreme card for $869.99 and 1708 base clock (OC Profile) MSI Gaming X for $829.94. Gigabyte’s OC profile’s base clock is 1721 MHz (OC preset). Gigabyte is providing a pretty good deal on this card for the moment in the US. Keeping all this in mind, this card provides a good value.
- Effective cooling system
- Minimum LED bling
- GPU Gauntlet
- Light Weight
- Minimum LED bling
- Thin thermal pad on the VRMs
- XG OC Utility overwrites selected profile when clock/fan speed is increased
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) July 19, 2016