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The quietest (and coolest looking) 1080 out there - beware scalpers
December 10, 2016
What can I say? Every game in existence bows before the power of this card (which is more of a brick than a card at this point, but anyway). If you're going to a 4K gaming rig, this is your card. I had Asus' GTX1070 in my setup before this, and while it performs admirably at 4K, you seriously can't beat the GTX1080. It's worth the extra money.
This particular card has some very nice bells and whistles. Keep in mind the fans don't spin at all while the GPU is idle, so it does run a bit hotter than EVGA's cards, but not to where it would cause issues. Actually it's able to stay around 40-45C while doing this, and it'll significantly cut back on dust build-up as well. There are 2 PWM fan headers on the side of the card. I have my front intake fans hooked up to those so they don't spin either until the GPU is under load, overall making my PC near-silent at idle (except for my HDD). You can use GPU Tweak II to manually set fan speed curves, but the automatic ones cool the card just fine, and GPU Tweak II is a poorly-programmed mess of bugs so I don't recommend it.
The Aura RGB lighting looks great, but for two problems. One, there are two bright white LED's on the power connectors (6pin and 8pin) that are always white. Really detracts from the look. Second, the Aura software itself, like GPUTweak is riddled with bugs. It actually caused a BSOD on login when I first installed it, and I had to do a system restore. Then, it took me a couple tries to actually get it to stay on the right color (My motherboard is Aura RGB too, so they're synced up.)
My advice: Tape over the white LED's with electrical tape (it holds up to the heat), set your LED's to the color you want and don't mess with the software again unless you have to.
One more quick note: The MSRP of this model is $650. Don't pay more than that for it. Let the scalpers die out.