We all remember when NVIDIA released the maxwell microarchitecture back in 2014, and how they shocked and awed millions with their GTX 7xxx, 8xxx, and 9xxx brand cards. But of course, that wasn’t enough for NVIDIA. Shortly thereafter they pushed it even further with the TITAN X “maxwell” monster, which increased performance by 36%. Unfortunately, that performance increase didn’t come cheap.
The starting MSRP for a TITAN X was around 1,200$ compared to the GTX 980 wich was around 600$. The price difference wasn’t really worth it for performance junkies. Considering when two GTX 980’s run together in an SLI environment, they out perform one TITAN X by around 50%.
For single card enthusiast, the TITAN X was great, if you could fork out the twelve hundred big ones for it. While indeed the TITAN X “maxwell” was the best GPU of its time, it wasn’t capturing all the market, they still had their GTX 980’s but NVIDIA wanted more.
So the problem on NVIDIA’s hands, as usual, was how to increase performance while decreasing the price. And the solution was PASCAL microarchitecture, the revolution that blew the TITAN X out of the water and cut the price in half.
EVGA GTX 1080 review concluded
EVGA has been there with NVIDIA every step of the way implementing innovative designs and pushing standard reference cards to the limits for maximum performance. Considering the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 compared to a standard reference card “as seen on page 3” increases performance by quite a bit.
EVGA really knows how to tweak and innovate NVIDIA designs. Also, their price points never stray too far from the MSRP as seen on page 1. Price points for EVGA GTX 1080 cards range from 619.99 to 779.99, not bad considering all the performance boosts and fancy technology EVGA brings to the table.
When you look at the GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 by EVGA and everything it has to offer compared to the older MAXWELL designs or even the newer PASCAL reference designs, the performance increase is undeniable. And this baby is more than capable of performing.
With all the fancy bells and whistles EVGA has produced the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW model can go that extra mile and still stay cool “without making a sound” using ACX 3.0 technology. I highly recommend this card for performance junkies seeking to maximize performance.
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