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  1. Joined : Jun 2014
    San Diego, CA
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       08 Jun 2016 #31

    Hahaha nice. I'll be going EVGA as well, once I decide to upgrade. Probably once the 1080Ti hits.
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  2. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 385
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       08 Jun 2016 #32

    I went to NCIX (same price) instead of Memory Express. With Memory Express it's another week to ship from Western Canada to Mtl. Thing is NCIX unlike Memory Express charges your C card right away where Memory Express "reserves" but doesn't charge until it's shipped. I hear the FTW will be in distributors hands around the 17th. If I have to actually pay for that card before its in my hands I won't be pleased.

    Lots of good AIB boards. I like EVGA and the Asus Strix, just personal preference. All kinds of talk about poor overclockability on the 1080's (see below on the Strix).

    ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 offers poor overclocking | VideoCardz.com

    I had a master overclocker at my place some time ago. I understand the fun they have with this, but over an hour to get 5-9 FPS more? I'd gladly turn off NV Hairworks instead if I needed 10 FPS more. What's important to me is that the AIB boards maintain at least their boost clocks without throttling back in the first 3 minutes and from the table from the same article the Strix is running boost and higher (2,000MHZ) just fine. Problem is Nvidia's CEO "oh look, 2100MHZ+ at 67 degrees". Ya, right.

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    Hard locked 1.25V isn't going to deliver much better than the above. Being a 1080P gamer this card is already overkill for me so I don't really care. Will be interesting, however, to see what the 1080TI delivers.
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  3. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 385
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       14 Jun 2016 #33

    So Guru3d had reviewed the MSI 1080 Gaming X and now they reviewed the Gigabyte 1080 G1 Gaming (link below).

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING review - Introduction

    Not surprising to me, it seems from the performance numbers, an AIB 1080, is an AIB 1080 is an AIB 1080. Not much difference.

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    As I mentioned above, important to me is that the AIB boards maintain their boost clocks, which Hilbert (Guru's reviewer) mentioned in the forums. Seems that indeed is their main performance benefit.

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    I think Archie is/was interested in the Asus Strix. Guru 3d has one set up to test so a review should be out soon.

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    Hey, no one seems to have an EVGA FTW 1080 for review. Definitely not me, a guy who has paid for one
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  4. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 385
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       15 Jun 2016 #34

    Asus Strix 1080 review at Guru 3d.
    ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 review - Introduction

    Nice card, but as Hilbert mentions and I agree:

    "ASUS obviously has a very nice product at hand with the STRIX. Now first let me deal with the elephant in the room, all AIB card perform roughly the same, aside from a few FPS here and there. So realistically you probably are better off to focus more at features and aesthetics rather than performance and tweaking as again, the latter two are roughly the same for all AIB partners as Nvidia has a complete grip on the tweaking threshold these days."

    So I will stop filling up Brink's storage space with 1080 review data. Just to say my thinking on an EVGA FTW 1080 was an AIB board (no brainer), EVGA's good customer service reputation, I simply wanted an AIB PCB (the EVGA SC is Nvidia's PCB with EVGA's cooler), FTW has two 8 pins, nice but likely not needed, and the fact the FTW has two bios' is interesting. But from the reviews so far I don't think there is a "mistake" to be made on which AIB 1080 to buy.

    Smarter move for my gaming needs would likely have been a 1070. But I am trying for future proof with a 1080 and man that third party retailer price on the 1070 is a little annoying to me. On the 1080 FTW I paid $17 above the CDN/US conversion. I'm seeing the 1070 (lower price point) but priced $58 above the conversion rate. I think they know the 1070 will be the most popular card so the gouging is there from the get go. Finally, I would have even considered two AMD 480's as a serious alternative, but not for me in these times with all the MGPU issues/lack of support in recent releases, especially DX 12 releases.
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  5. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 385
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       15 Jun 2016 #35

    What did I just say about filling up Brink's board with 1080 comments? Just to add (sorry) the first 1080 EVGA FTW review is out at Bit-Tech, link below:
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Review | bit-tech.net

    So a benchmark from Guru 3d's other AIB boards and then the Hitman benchmark from Bit-Tech:

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    Right up there with the others in the Hitman FPS scores, although I see some posts on the EVGA forums "screaming" about "only" a 1975 MHZ stable OC . Ya, not me as I don't plan to OC ( 5 FPS?) but instead stay with the factory OC boost clock of 1860.
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  6. Joined : Jun 2014
    San Diego, CA
    Posts : 1,236
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview x64
       16 Jun 2016 #36

    Well, Pascal is certainly doing it's job. 980Ti prices are starting to drop dramatically. There was an MSI 980Ti on Newegg this morning for $370 after rebate, and it looks like the MSRP is dropping to around $450. I'm thinking about picking up a second one for SLI and then just handing them down to my son when the first EVGA 1080Ti cards hit.
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  7. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 385
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       16 Jun 2016 #37

    I like that. Most important is keeping the love going with the kids. I don't have any (not brave enough) but a dozen nieces and nephews. I didn't tell the nephew he will be getting my two 770's yet. If I did he would be calling me daily and my expected ETA on the 1080 of mid June seems to have come and gone. You will quite possibly see all the specs on the 1080TI before I even get my 1080.

    If you can believe it, CDN prices on the 980TI before Nvidia's call for a price drop were over $950 or so. Now they are at $620-$650 CDN. Still a little weird (high) to me as the 1070's are priced about the same.

    PS: EVGA obviously not pleased with that review (or specifically the OC numbers) on the 1080 FTW. First; here is what the EVGA forum moderator said in response to the negative comments about the 1975 MHZ OC:

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    http://forums.evga.com/Well-here-is-...-m2497006.aspx

    And now we have this comment from the Bit-Tech 1080 FTW reviewer is their forums:

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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Review - bit-tech.net Forums

    LOL.

    I'm starting to feel for EVGA. They are struggling with back orders (like the other AIB's) and then they get the Bit - Tech review in their faces. Not to say the review was inaccurate, but man the hype. I have no concerns whatsoever purchasing an EVGA FTW 1080. These guys are about customer care and reliability and I'm confident their cards will at least perform as well as any other AIB. Besides, although I'm not a 2100MHZ "nut", I believe an end user already posted that his FTW is maintaining 2100 + just fine.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Texas
    Posts : 7,529
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       25 Jun 2016 #38
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  9. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 385
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       25 Jun 2016 #39

    Ya, I saw that. Good stuff, afterburner is good stuff. I actually like EVGA's new Precision XOC for 1080's. I like how it's designed to work, from what I read not how it actually works as many are reporting bugs/crashing with it.

    Guess I might give OC a try (whenever I get my FTW 1080 - now said to ship after July 11), but these 1080's are simply not good OC cards. Even that Guru 3D article mentions as low as a stable 1950 if running a demanding benchmark. A ' statistical mean" good OC I've seen on the FTW is only 2088 but heard reports up to 2183 stable (not sure what benchmark/game was being used). Maybe they used the Nvidia Jen-Hsun-Huang trick.

    I honestly think the OC guys need to wait and see what the 1080 TI delivers. But I also think (unless AMD delivers a breakthrough) that you, my American friends, might start to see close to the $900 price tag (U.S.) on the 1080 TI that we in CDN dollars are seeing now on the 1080.
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  10.    30 Jun 2016 #40

    specialkone said: View Post
    Ya, I saw that. Good stuff, afterburner is good stuff. I actually like EVGA's new Precision XOC for 1080's. I like how it's designed to work, from what I read not how it actually works as many are reporting bugs/crashing with it.

    Guess I might give OC a try (whenever I get my FTW 1080 - now said to ship after July 11), but these 1080's are simply not good OC cards. Even that Guru 3D article mentions as low as a stable 1950 if running a demanding benchmark. A ' statistical mean" good OC I've seen on the FTW is only 2088 but heard reports up to 2183 stable (not sure what benchmark/game was being used). Maybe they used the Nvidia Jen-Hsun-Huang trick.

    I honestly think the OC guys need to wait and see what the 1080 TI delivers. But I also think (unless AMD delivers a breakthrough) that you, my American friends, might start to see close to the $900 price tag (U.S.) on the 1080 TI that we in CDN dollars are seeing now on the 1080.
    AMD is selling 480's for $230.00 a pop
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