Just ordered a Lightning Z from newegg boyz, first time using newegg im a bit nervous, really used to amazon prime. I noticed the Lightning Z had a replacement only return policy, hope all goes well. I was initially waiting for the Gaming X Trio but after seeing every single review the Tomshardware german site had a 30 minute burn test for the trio which the other reviews didn't do and the memory vrm and memory module area hit the high 90's Celsius, thats a no go for me. It seems the Trio sacrifices memory and mem vrm cooling for Gpu and gpu vrm cooling, as their test had the trio with lower Gpu temps than the lightning. Pretty dissapointed that the trio has 100 C mem temps, so I went for the lightning as it has the best overall cooling and noise of every other 1080 ti there is, for air cooling of course. Il post updates on Overclocks and temps when i get it. Wish me luck boyz.
Heres a direct comparison of identical test scenarios for both cards at stock settings and fan curves. *** on the Trio??! high 90s is crazy, arent those components rated for 90 C? If anyone here was looking at the trio, I would look away and get something else. Apparently the trio gpu vrm is also insanely hot, thank god i spent hours looking at all these reviews. The 3 eight pins really bothers me though, im pretty sure they arent necessary from what Ive seen but maybe it helps somewhere with something I dont understand.Edited by Reckonerz - 10/24/17 at 11:59pm