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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING Review, Unleash The Beast!!! (11G-P4-6696-KR)

EVGA’s Proprietary ICX Cooling Technology

EVGA got a bad rap when some of their GTX 1080 models had a heat related failure and it was later discovered EVGA’s heat failure rate was no higher than previous generations of GPU’s. In response to the failures, EVGA offered free heat pads to help the much-inflated problem. That set EVGA’s engineers on overtime and they came up with the ICX cooling solution which is de facto the most technologically advanced cooling solution currently used on Video cards! Evga put 9 additional sensors on the ICX cooling solution and made them easily accessible through EVGA Precision XOC. That’s more information about video card thermal conditions than we have ever had. We would expect to see competitors implementing some form of EVGA’s innovation.

The ICX cooling solution had 9 thermal sensors that are accessed through EVGA Precision XOC giving us more information about the thermal status of the video card than ever before.

The fan controls on the ICX cooling solution gives you separate control of the GPU fans and you can control the fan curve to each independently. 

Traditionally video card fans were controlled by one sensor on the GPU core which controls all the fans on a card. ICX’s revolutionary approach changes that and the GPU core controls the GPU fan while the sensors on the Power and Memory control the other fan(s). This approach allows the fans to go to 0dB and completely stop when temps are acceptable, then when the GPU core heats up one fan kicks in, VRMs and Memory heat up the other fan(s) kick in adding additional cooling.

The ICX cooling adjustments can easily be controlled by EVGA Precision XOC and as mentioned can control them simultaneously or asynchronously.

So your gaming along and want to check on your new video cards thermal state, previously you needed to drop out of the game and check or run a secondary monitor and use two monitors (one gaming one monitoring). EVGA changed all that in one fell swoop and you can merely glance at the top of the video card and 3 LEDs will give you a quick and dirty readout of the thermal state. Blue indicates running cool, Green warming up and Red running hot.

EVGA went one step further and includes an EVGA only fuse that will protect your investment from power related failures. Should your card have a power circuit overvolt the fuse will trip and EVGA will replace the fuse for you.

EVGA further innovates by including raised pins on the base plate that intrude on the heat sink, those pins allow a 360° heat absorption. We were a bit skeptical on the elevated pins but on checking the raised pins did accumulate heat faster than the rest of the baseplate so job well done EVGA. Now if you glance at the left of the picture the fins are bent into an “L” shape and that allows for more heat to be leeched into the fins. The ICX cooling solution is well thought out and well implemented or as we jokingly like to say EVGA overengineered. (Overengineered is highly underrated!)

Not only has EVGA built the most technologically advanced cooling solution they put their double ball bearing fans on it for a 4x longer lifespan with lower power consumption than ordinary mortals fans.

Here’s a short (under 3 minutes) iCX video you might find interesting!

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  1. Those results are pointless. Nothing to compare them with. Why there are no other 1080ti in the graphs? Why there’s no titan cards?
    Compare it with other 1080ti and titans and than we can have come common ground to check if that FTW3 is worth buying or not.

  2. ….Or you know, you could thank them for reviewing the card (thanks BTW) and compare this review to the million other reviews of the other 1080ti’s. Or you can whine and sound like some entitled infant. Or you could simply make a suggestion without coming across as a complete douche.

  3. I’m considering upgrading from the GTX 1080 FTW, so this review is exactly what I was hoping to see. Thanks for your work!

  4. Hello,

    Thanks for your review!

    What are these numbers? Is it max, average FPS? What were exactly your GTA settings (you just write very high / AA 4x)? Did you activated and maxed all the options (Long shadows / High resolution shadows …) in the Advanced Graphics menu? Did you use the benchmark included in the game?

    I’m asking all these questions because after reading your review I decided to buy this GPU and I’m far from your results (i7 4770k @4.2ghz / MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING / Corsair Vengeance 16 GB DDR3 @1866Mhz / EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2).

    Thanks again and have a nice day.

    • What results are you getting?

      On my system (7700K @ 5GHZ / FTW3 / Z270 GAMING M7 / G.SKILL RIPJAWS V 3000MHZ / SAMSUNG 850 PRO SSD) I get an average of 99 – 120 @ 1440p with the following settings.

      In the GRAPHICS section, *everything* is maxed except for:
      FXAA, set to ON.
      MSAA, set to 4X.
      TXAA, set to OFF.
      Grass, set to HIGH.

      In the ADVANCED GRAPHICS section, everything is set to ON except for:
      Frame Scaling, set to OFF.
      Extended Distance Scaling, set to 40%.
      Extended Shadows Distance, set to 40%.

      In grassy areas the FPS drops, as you might expect, considerably to around 65 FPS.

  5. I just installed this card and my screen is doing the flashing issue and yes I installed the latest drivers. Any suggestions?

  6. Try moving the card one slot down on the motherboard. Sometimes the backplate touches a ram bank clip and can cause flashing.

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