EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Hybrid Review

Conclusion

EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Hybrid Review

Conclusion

We think we need a long sit down and a glass of wine after that. What a stunning card.

The EVGA GTX 1080 Ti iCX first gave us a glimpse of how quickly EVGA had regained the small amount of ground they had lost in comparison to their competitors and the FTW3 Hybrid completes that recovery by ticking every possible box that might exist on the list of "things a graphics card needs to have".

The foundation of the nVidia GTX 1080 Ti GPU is an extremely strong one already and it would take a deliberate attempt by a manufacturer to produce a bad one. This does, however, mean that when the performance between them is so tightly matched it also takes something special to stand out from the crowd. The EVGA FTW3 Hybrid definitely counts as a special card.

Performance is, as you would expect from such a flagship GPU, exemplary. In every resolution, in every game, the FTW3 just pumps out huge frame rates and a buttery smooth experience. Having high frame rates is great but can be somewhat affected if there is any stuttering or frame drops at any point, but the EVGA never has any periods - however minor - where the frame rate is anything other than high. We've often mentioned how, once you own an SSD, the best thing you should spend money on in terms of producing a noticeable improvement to your QoL is graphics, and the FTW3 Hybrid leaves you in no doubt that you're now the proud owner of some hardware of the very highest quality.

Such is the efficiency of the Pascal architecture even the air cooled models are quiet, but the hybrid cooler on the EVGA FTW3 Hybrid works so well that it counts as silent. The 120mm radiator can dissipate all the heat that the card can generate which leads to a maximum temperature after an overnight run of Unigine Valley on the most stressful settings of 46°C. So heat definitely isn't an issue. Additionally it does so at a whisper, perfect if you've been stuck next to something that turns into a vacuum cleaner once you start stressing it. Lastly the decision to also provide a fan within the shroud helps keep the power phases and memory nice and cool too, which you can easily keep an eye on thanks to the nine monitoring points on the PCB.

So it looks amazing, performs like a champion and is extremely pleasant to live with on a daily basis. There is nothing at all to criticise - beyond the understandable price tag - and thus the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Hybrid wins our Enthusiast Award.

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16-10-2017, 13:12:34

AlienALX
I quite like it but I would want a fatter rad. Well, if you are going to chase the uber clocks any way. At around 2100mhz my Titan X gets uber hot and it's got a much bigger rad than this.

It needs something like the Fury X rad IMO. Something with more volume.Quote

16-10-2017, 13:25:00

Bartacus
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I quite like it but I would want a fatter rad. Well, if you are going to chase the uber clocks any way. At around 2100mhz my Titan X gets uber hot and it's got a much bigger rad than this.

It needs something like the Fury X rad IMO. Something with more volume.
According to the review, it tops out at 46C after an overnight run of Heaven at the highest settings. Sounds pretty good to me!Quote

16-10-2017, 13:29:30

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
According to the review, it tops out at 46C after an overnight run of Heaven at the highest settings. Sounds pretty good to me!
I don't even know how that is possible. I can hold around 2000mhz with temps in mid 50s. Mind you to be fair I did water cool my card during the hot part of the year, which was pretty darn long this year.

I should do some more testing now temps are dropping.

One thing I have noticed, though, is that this looks nothing like the original Hybrid "kit" they were selling that mysteriously vanished from the shelves. Usually when you got one you would use your cooler guts but this looks like it's all been changed.Quote

16-10-2017, 13:32:36

Bartacus
Maybe Tom put the PC next to an open window on a chilly evening. JK Tom! I've never been a fan of hybrids, but that does seem like quite the effective cooling combo.Quote

16-10-2017, 13:47:31

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
Maybe Tom put the PC next to an open window on a chilly evening. JK Tom! I've never been a fan of hybrids, but that does seem like quite the effective cooling combo.
Well I do know that the 1080Ti does not get as hot as a Titan XP. My card is insane fast though.

I love hybrids. I've had AIOs on my GPUs for years. Would have bought an EVGA if I could tbh, could have saved myself £70. Mind you, if I add a double rad I am sure my card would haul some serious ass Quote
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