Here we have Gigabyte’s version of the hallowed GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. As you’ll see, just like motherboards, picking between it and the competition is extremely hard, as they all have very similar features. However, there are a couple of minor differences that make the Gigabye version our favourite that we’ve seen so far.
Our favourite feature is the Windforce cooler found on all of the new Aorus high-end graphics cards. It’s a triple fan solution, with one fan in the centre, nestled beneath the other two. Despite there being an extra fan, it’s actually slightly quieter in operation during OC mode, 2dB quieter than the MSI model. However, it’s a huge cooler, taking up three slots instead of the usual two, so you’ll need to take that into consideration if you’re building inside a cosy case interior. Helping to keep such a huge card nice and stiff is the metal backplate, but this feature is pretty much par for the course on mid-range and above cards these days.
Like the MSI card, Gigabyte has beefed up the power supply on its variant, using twin 8-pin connectors. A small LED on each allows the user to see if there’s any issue with the connection or power supply. They’ve also beefed up the power solution, going for a 12+2 phase design, and Gigabyte claims that it's used Titan X-grade components throughout. These have all been coated in a PCB coating to stop corrosion over time.
As we mentioned in the MSI review, the Gigabyte card has been factory overclocked slightly faster than the competition. When run in the gaming mode, Boost is set to 1721 MHz, while the base hits 1607 MHz. Crank it to OC mode and the Boost hits 1746 MHz, while the base jumps to 1632 MHz. There’s no memory overclocking though; we managed to hit a stable 11.9Gbps though, up from the base speed of 11Gbps.
In terms of performance, both cards were basically identical in 3DMark’s Firestrike, with the Gigabyte card hitting 22125 in OC mode, while the MSI card hit 21945. That’s less than a percent difference between the two, but the Gigabyte card was quieter.
We should also point out Gigabyte has an additional output, with twin HDMI 2.0, three DisplayPort 1.4 and a single Dual-Link DVD-D (the MSI card only has twin DisplayPorts). As you can see, both cards are quite similar, yet the Gigabyte edges out the MSI in a few regards. The pay-off is that it’s a three-slot card which may make it unsuitable for some systems.