EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 iCX Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 iCX Review

Introduction

EVGA have been having a few problems of late. Once upon a time they were a company which were at the peak of high end graphics cards, and everyone in the OC3D office has owned at least once. In recent years though they've slightly slipped under the radar and ended up behind some other brands when it comes to the first name you think of when planning a new purchase.

Unfortunately for EVGA the only time that everyone was paying attention - the release of Pascal - was because they were having boards blow left, right and centre. Now they are by no means the first company to have a product range that suffered problems, and the usual course of action is to pretend it never happened or, if a company is feeling particularly confident and brave, subtly allude to the issue by releasing a B-spec version that fixes "some problems a limited number of users might be experiencing".

To EVGAs eternal credit they have done something almost unparalleled in the hardware world. They have taken complete ownership of their failure and redesigned from the ground up in a belt and braces manner that not only guarantees you're are extremely unlike to see a repeat of the exploding MOSFET problem, but that if by some miracle you do, the board has safeguards in place to ensure your expensive purchase doesn't become a door stop.

Technical Specifications

This is the low end of the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti range, although of course any low end GTX 1080 Ti is still an absolute performance monster, but the key features are all to do with the improved cooling, sensors and generally ensuring that no part of the card will quietly fry itself. It's better explained in the slides, so let's move on to look at those.

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Most Recent Comments

07-05-2017, 20:57:50

Excalabur50
Nice review Tom and I have to say the more I see that cooler the more it grows on me as I really didn't like it at first, and really good of EVGA to sort any possible issues with these cards and as you said they really deserve Kudos for the way they handled everything.Quote

07-05-2017, 21:10:16

jimma47
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Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
Nice review Tom and I have to say the more I see that cooler the more it grows on me as I really didn't like it at first, and really good of EVGA to sort any possible issues with these cards and as you said they really deserve Kudos for the way they handled everything.
Same. I wasn't sure at first it looked like a 3D printed cast for a broken arm. Now I quite like it - especially the plain black version.Quote

07-05-2017, 21:17:06

S_I_N
i HAVE THE gtx1080 ftw2 icx and I'm loving it nice and cool 65-70c whilst gaming long sessions and fan speed only at 63% its quiet as well my gigabyte GTX1080ti was screaming at me at 60% and was 75-80c and no backplate I could feel the heat radiating off of it.Quote

08-05-2017, 01:52:45

TheF34RChannel
Definitely over engineered and that's a good thing, very good of them! Also staying with a 2 slot design is welcome in my book because if there's one thing that eats me up it's sag
Thanks for the review!Quote

08-05-2017, 08:57:31

AlienALX
It's wonderful. Like pretty much everything about it, apart from the Nvidia stupid voltage lock.

It kinda makes cards like this a little pointless. Same goes for the HOF too. No wonder MSI stopped making Lightning cards..Quote
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