Originally Posted by Kana-Maru
I don't have a GTX 1080 to actually review, but it's a solid card with a fair share of issues. It's far from the 100% A++ the reviewers are giving it. Unfortunately it comes with the price of a arm and a leg at the moment due to Nvidia effectively paper launching the 1080 and the 1070, price gouging, Founders Edition being the available first and limited supplies.
I would love to give an unbiased review, but the prices are just to high for me to justify the GTX 1080\FE purchase. When I purchase things I'm using my own money with ZERO help. So that's no Patreon support or anything like that. I'm thinking about picking up a much cheaper 3rd party RX 480 overclocked for benchmarking. it's cost effective and I won't suffer a greater than $700 loss lol. In the future I'm thinking about building a i7-6700K rig for gaming benchmarking purposes. We need more unbiased reviews for sure. Hopefully by then I'll find away to get funding to help for future benchmarks.
From what I have been reading about the GTX 1080 it has it's fair share or problems like many GPUs:
https://forums.geforce.com/default/board/172/Off the top of my head:Pros:
-Great DX11 performance across all resolutions.
-DX12 improvements due to the massive increase in core clock.
-4K is very playable, but not quite 60fps which the requirement for many people.
-Memory Speed is very high out of the box [10Gbps!]
-Still overclocker friendly, even for novices.
-It is the best GPU in the market at the moment as far as FPS performance goes.Cons:
-Only supports a 256-bit Memory Interface. That's the same as the GTX 980 from 2014
-DX12 still shows negative scaling. Little or no performance increases.
-Like Maxwell, Pascal Async Drivers are still nowhere to be found. [Drivers won't help it though]
-Heat is an issue and the card throttles as low as 40c. That's very low. Hopefully 3rd parties have a solution.
-Claims 1733Mhz, but doesn't average this number during actual gaming sessions [read below]
-After playing a game for more than 10-20 minutes the GPU only averages 1667Mhz or lower thanks to throttling heat issues. Core clock is 1607Mhz by the way.
-Founder Edition = Reference Card for a premium price = Enough Said
-Only supports 2-way SLI officially
Overall a solid card, but far from a 100% GPU. There's a lot of great things and bad things surrounding the GTX 1080.
In the meantime I'm still running 4K benchmarks with my Fury X. I'm going to be uploading some gameplay videos with the FPS showing to show people my 4K experience since I'm always talking about how smooth and great my 4K experience has been in several games. I'm guessing I'll have to record off-screen.