Even though NVIDIA has launched its new GeForce GTX 1080 card before Computex 2016 took place, many of the company’s add-in-board (AIB) partners still the took the opportunity to debut their own take on the new high-end graphics card at the event. For the folks at Gigabyte, they arrived at Computex 2016 with the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming – just as promised.
Among new features that the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming brings to the table is the latest iteration of the company’s Windforce 3x thermal solution. While it is still equipped with three fans that operate dynamically based on the card’s thermal needs, the new version of Windforce 3x comes with stacked fan design with the middle fan spins in reverse direction in order to provide better airflow and heat dissipation.
Complete with dual ball bearing structure that apparently allows these fans to have longer lifespan, Gigabyte has also equipped the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card with a set of heatsinks that features angular and unequal fin height that helps it provide better cooling capacity. Furthermore, it also contains six composite heat pipes (three more than the newly released G1 Gaming version) that are positioned directly on top of the GPU to carry all the heat away.
Not enough with the elaborate thermal solution, the card’s PCB has also been covered with a coating with protects it from dust, moisture, and corrosion. Additionally, the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming also comes with 12+2 power phases and LED power indicators together with highly durable chokes and capacitors.
The new GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card also comes with what Gigabyte referred to as the Xtreme VR Link which is essentially as set of two on-board HDMI ports. Designed to be used with virtual reality headsets, users have the option to either connect the Xtreme VR Link using a rear bracket or a 5.25-inch front panel which are included alongside the graphics card.
The company has also included a SLI bridge as a standard which showed how GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card is clearly targeted at high performance users. Interestingly, Gigabyte still has yet to reveal the finalized clock speed for this card although we were informed that it will be released towards end of June. So, stay tuned.