Heyo, welcome to my EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Review. It’s a pretty shitty, brief review, I won’t lie; but I am mostly just trying to give a normie’s impression of the card rather than some big-wig tech channel since I know it’s sometimes hard to tell if it is in full transparency. Also, sometimes people go overboard with reviews sometimes and won’t just give you the basics about whether it sucks/is annoying or not. Luckily, for me the 1080 Ti has not given me any reason to be annoyed or to believe that it sucks. We will talk a little more about why I feel this way in the video, but I will also be expanding upon my GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 review here in the description as well in case you are some nerd who likes reading.
Starting off our review let’s just talk about the install process since mine was actually a bit more annoying than expected. The biggest reason my process was annoying was because I kept forgetting to hit the record button and had to redo the process like 3 times… that isn’t really the 1080 Ti’s fault so much as my dumb ass. The only weird thing was the PCI power connectors, I didn’t realize that they changed the adapter form factor to some extent. I have some modular cables that came with my HX850 that actually fit the 1080 Ti FTW3 without problem, but the permanently attached 6+2 pin cables wouldn’t plug in normally, so I assume it has to do with 2-pin dongle. Wasn’t a big deal since EVGA included an adapter with the FTW3 since they knew people with older PSUs would run into this issue. Other than this, install was a breeze that should work just like any other GPU. If you don’t know how to install a GPU then just watch the video… that’s all there is to it. Like a giant LEGO.
I push into the LED territory next in the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 review, so I will do the same here. The GPU has 9 fancy as fuck thermal sensors on the board that give you a huge run down of the different temps at different points on the board. This isn’t that important for most people since we really just care if the card as a whole is too hot. However, to go along with these thermal sensors comes three little LED’s that can give you a color-coded readout of the temperature of different parts of the board. The way this is organized by default is by showing a different color whenever the card exceeds a certain temperature. You can turn this off or make it just stay one color of your choice. Additionally, upon further review the LEDs in the GTX 1080 Ti badge and top logo can be set to any color in the RGB spectrum, given a neat pattern such as breathing, rainbow, audio sync and several others, or just turned off if you don’t like RGB, but do like 1700+ MHz of GPU goodness. I think that the LEDs are tastefully placed and would look great with a large windowed PC since you can match it up to any rig imaginable.
EVGA Precision X OC is a program that I have never had a particular interest in using… mostly because I had installing software on my PC in general, but I am willing to make an exception since you don’t have to keep to software running in order to get your settings to stick inside of the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3. I know that with a lot of gaming devices you have to keep to program running or it will revert to factory defaults, which is a major pain in the ass I feel. I know that Ducky keyboards apparently don’t even have software which is making me consider making the jump at some point. That of course is unrelated to this EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 review, so I will try and get back on topic. EVGA Precision X OC allows you to tweak memory clock, base clock, fan curves and all the good stuff and makes it seem easy… almost too easy. You can still fuck up your hardware if you just start cranking stuff all willy-nilly. Luckily, in the past I have almost immediately crashed my graphics driver while trying to overclock my GPU and that is why I prefer to buy factory overclocked cards. You need the software to do anything with the LEDs really which kind of sucks, but I imagine you could install it, set your preferences, and then uninstall it if you really didn’t want it on your computer.
Next stop on the 1080 Ti FTW3 review train is performance and temps. The thing straight kills it performance wise. I mean, it is the fastest gaming card on the market, so it is expected that it performs well, but I was so hyped when playing games and thinking about how future proof I am for the next year until AAA, shit optimized games come out that make me feel like I wasted over $700. Realistically speaking though, my 680 kept me safe for the last 5-6 years until some of the optimization blunders came along recently and even tanked its way through those, so I am sure that the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 will give me the same treatment. Smooth 60s for now, and hopefully smooth 100+ in the future once I get a G-sync monitor. Temps are solid for the weight that this sucker pulls and I haven’t even tried an aggressive fan curve, so I know it can be cooler.