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Hey guys. I'm trying to decide between getting the founders edition GTX 1080 vs the AIB 1080. I plan on water cooling the card 2-3 months down the line so the thermal throttling isn't a huge concern for me. But I would like some head room to overclock and I have heard negative things about the sole 8 pin connector on the Founders edition card, so I've been eyeing the GTX 1080 EVGA FTW edition due to it's dual 8 pin connectors and sightly better air cooling.

What I'm essentially asking is, do you guys think it's worth the wait for the FTW edition or is it all hype and the founders edition perform mostly the same, with the same amount of headroom for overclocking?
Really further down the line I plan on running two in SLI, with a custom water cooling loop.

Thanks in advance! smile.gif
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So far the custom pcbs with extra power connectors doesn't seem to yield higher clocks. You can take a look at the reviews of the MSI gaming and the Asus Strix. Also you have to factor in, that the relative performance increase for overclocking the GP104, seems relative low. Compared to the GM200 that would scale really well with higher clocks.

I only think the FTW is worth it if you want to tinker with the bios, the dual bios could come handy. I plan to watercool the ref board, but I didn't wanna pay the extra for the founders, so i preordered the MSI Aero.
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Thanks, I'll take that into consideration. EK doesn't usually take very long to design waterblocks for the AIB cards right? We're talking like a roughly 1 month turn around time from when the AIB cards are released to about when the waterblocks for said cards are released?
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Hi Silverwing
EK announced that they would be doing AIB blocks very soon there are some availability dates against certain cards on their site

LINK

Good luck with it, I am excited to see how these cards perform in the wild even though I am waiting for 1080Ti (or whatever it is) later on.
    
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Oh awesome, thanks for the link, exactly the time frame I was hoping for. Here's to hoping these cards start staying in stock. lol
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