For me, the new XOC bios t4
helps my card out. I have a 1080 Gigabyte G1 Gaming.
I get 200+ more points with the xoc bios with same clocks in timespy. Fire Strike Compare
No more throttling - In multiple games, I would get major power throttle and the card would lower its clocks significantly (which would show up as a frame drop). More stable frames with bios.
Stable voltage at 1.093V (no fluctuations). Note: to limit the voltage I put the Core Voltage slider at 0% and using the voltage curve I set 1.093 as the highest overclock and then for any above points/voltage I set the same clock as as the 1.093V, it should look like this
. I have not thoroughly tested with higher voltages, but using this method does allow me to set the max attainable voltage using the curve (though you may need to fiddle with the voltage slider) to attain higher overclocks.
You guessed it - more heat!
Since the card does not throttle anymore, and stays at a stable 1.093V, my cards heats up a bit more. With default "auto" fan profile (and about 24C-26C ambient) with the original bios I get temps from the range of 70-74C max when gaming. On the xoc bios the range is more like 78-82C max with the "auto" fan profile. Note: I did start to get artifacts/crashes sometimes when the card got into the 80's range, so I just made a custom fan profile to bump up the fan speed a little bit to keep it <80C (which keeps it stable and quiet for me).
Though I am able to set voltages above 1.093V and get better overclocks, the card started heating up more and more to the point where I had to set the fan to 100% and it was still a bit too warm.
I do plan on eventually installing or modding the card with a hybrid water cooling AIO. I know EVGA sells this one
, but I am not sure I can mod that one since I have a different PCB. Anyone have a source or know someone that has modded their gigabyte g1 gaming with a AIO water cooler? I know some people have slapped the AIO 980 TI on their 1080 FE, but this would a bit different as I would have to cool the rest of the card with fans (VRM, etc). I am sure I could get better overclocks with better temperatures; or at the very least cooler/quieter.Edited by Latchback - 8/6/16 at 9:33am