GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Custom Card Roundup

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The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti sits on the top echelon of NVIDIA's Pascal-driven, 10-Series GPUs. The GTX 1080 Ti offers performance up to 35% faster than the already impressive GTX 1080, and it boasts a 1480 MHz base clock, a 1582 MHz boost clock, 3,584 CUDA cores, and 11 GB of next generation GDDR5X video memory. Tech Radar calls the GTX 1080 Ti "NVIDIA's most impressive graphics card to date," and IGN echoes that sentiment, saying: "The GTX 1080 Ti is the fastest gaming graphics card available, by a wide margin."

Aside from the obvious advantage in the speed department, the GTX 1080 Ti also uses a 7-phase power design along with 14 high-efficiency dualFETs, as well as a reconfigured high-airflow cooler, which keeps the card chillier and quieter than any graphics cards that have come before it. Thanks to the GTX 1080 Ti's cooling and power efficiency, it's quite friendly to overclocking, allowing enthusiasts to squeeze as much raw power out of the GPU as possible.

With the release of the GTX 1080 Ti, and thanks to NVIDIA’s wealth of worldwide partners, you'll now have access to a stunning amount of custom designed GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. No matter what your goal or particular need, you can bet there's a GTX 1080 Ti on this list that's perfect for your rig. There are cards geared toward liquid cooling, silent running, high-level overclocking, optimized air cooling, and even artistic appeal, including tailored lighting-profiles and stylized color schemes.

With the amount of cards to mull over, it's a good idea to hone in on your own requirements. You'll want to factor in such areas as your budget, the size of your case and the space inside it (some of the cards below take up two-and-a-half PCI-e slots on your motherboard), whether or not you'd like to pursue a liquid-cooling solution, and what kinds of extras you'd prefer. It's also important to point out that many of the custom cards use coolers that send hot air directly into your case, rather than outside of it (the GTX 1080 Ti reference card routes the exhaust through the back). Due to this, you'll want to ensure your case has plenty of airflow, fans, and unencumbered space if you decide to pick one of those graphics cards up.

Before you open your wallet, have a look over the various online stores first—you're more apt to find a daily deal or special offer, and they usually have lower prices (many offer free shipping, too). All of this might seem like a lot to take in, but don't worry, we've got your back. You'll find all the card's vital info under each entry, including the manufacturer's website, MSRP, power connector requirements, memory and core clock speeds, card size, and even links to professional reviews, when possible. Some cards just released, however, and as such, their clock speeds and prices are listed as TBD. Still, we wanted to include them, to make the round-up as comprehensive as possible. Additionally, we'll continue to add more custom cards here as they go live.

Regardless of which custom GTX 1080 Ti you land on, you'll end up with a fantastic PC gaming experience, with the most impressive graphics and the best framerates currently available.

*Please note, all prices are those as of publishing, and are subject to change.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition Gaming

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition Gaming
Base Clock: 1556 MHz
Boost Clock: 1670 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $709.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

EVGA created an entirely new cooling system for the GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition Gaming, dubbed iCX. EVGA claims that the redesigned cooler is part of 11 new patents (pending and granted), and contains die-cast baseplates and backplates, refocused aerodynamics, and directed airflow chambers. EVGA developed this cooler based on the idea that equal importance should be focused on the card's power system and memory, rather than mostly on the GPU. The cooler houses a pair of double ball-bearing fans, which EVGA claims extends their lifespan four times longer than typical fans.

Throughout the vast aluminum heatsink, there are vented fin holes to help optimize air circulation, and various L-shaped fins to better adhere to the PCB's surface. The heatsink additionally uses interlaced fins on the baseplate, which, according to the manufacturer, increases the heat dissipation. EVGA cards also come standard with a three-year warranty, adding some lasting peace of mind to your purchase.

For those looking for asynchronous fan control, there's also the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming, which has a similarly advanced iCX cooler, but also includes nine additional thermal sensors and MCU's embedded into the card's PCB (it uses the same clock speeds as the GTX 1080 SC Black Edition Gaming, but you can likely bump those values up using EVGA's free Precision XOC software).

You can pick up the comparable GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Elite Gaming by becoming an EVGA elite member (more info on how to do that here). The SC2 Elite Gaming has five different fan-shroud colors to choose from, and offers a 1556 MHz base clock, a 1670 MHz boost clock, and an 11016 MHz memory clock.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming
Base Clock: 1569 MHz
Boost Clock: 1683 MHz
Memory Speed: 11016 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $769.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Much like EVGA's speedy GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition Gaming (found above), the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming brandishes the manufacturer's new iCX cooler. This version, however, contains three double-ball-bearing fans as opposed to two, and offers nine thermal sensors and numerous MCUs. If you install EVGA's Precision XOC software, EVGA claims you can then see what each sensor reports in real time, from PCB areas such as memory, power, and GPU. You can also hone in on each of three fans and tweak their speeds and fan curves individually. If you'd rather leave the fans at their default values, EVGA claims that each one will automatically adjust to the temperatures of the card, optimizing the whole process. The GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming also includes a thermal display on top of the cooler with a color-coded visual alarm system—perfect for those looking for immediate temperature results. And, coming soon, EVGA claims you'll be able to sync your graphics card with other EVGA accessories, such as your EVGA CPU cooler, and more.

For EVGA Elite Members, there's also the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Elite Gaming. It has the same clock speeds as the FTW3 Gaming, and wears the same iCX cooler, but comes in your choice of five different colors: white, black, blue, green, and red.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition
Base Clock: 1569 MHz
Boost Clock: 1683 MHz
Memory Speed: 11010 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: $779.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Reviews: WCCFTech, Bit-Tech, Guru3D, Kit Guru, Hardware.Info, Tech Power Up

The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition uses three patented, wing-bladed, IP5X dust-resistant fans. ASUS claims this fan design optimizes airflow, with 105% more static air pressure than typical fans. ASUS also claims that despite the size of the fans, they run up to three times quieter than those found on the GTX 1080 Ti reference card. In fact, if the GPU stays under 55° C, ASUS claims that the fans stop entirely—great for non-demanding PC tasks or casual gaming.

Inside the card, you'll find a generous aluminum heatsink configured with ASUS's MaxContact technology, which features an enhanced copper heat spreader that touches the GPU directly. The surface area is fabricated with precision machining, which, according to the manufacturer, provides up to twice the contact to the PCB than standard designs. The size of the heatsink has been notably increased compared to past versions as well, and now uses 2.5 total slots on your motherboard. ASUS relies on their exclusive Auto-Extreme technology to reconstruct the card from the ground up—a 100% automated production process that leverages premium metals and materials. ASUS claims that Auto-Extreme has created 30% more reliability in their GPUs since the tech was launched.

For case-cooling enthusiasts, the ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition offers two embedded 4-pin headers on the card's PCB. You can then connect your DC system and/or PWM fans to the ports, which allows them all to operate automatically based off the CPU or GPU temperatures (which you can fine-tune using the free GPU Tweak II utility). Topping everything off is a customizable set of RGB LED lights on the fan shroud, which you can adjust to match your system's style.

For an alternate card with the same cooler design but different clock speeds, have a look at the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

ASUS ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Platinum Edition

ASUS ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Platinum Edition
Base Clock: TBD
Boost Clock: TBD
Memory Speed: TBD
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: TBD

Manufacturer's Product Page

Got a water-cooled rig? The ASUS ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Platinum Edition is ready for you. It offers ASUS's DirectCU H2O cooling system, a type of hybrid technology that relies on a vapor chamber and water channel. ASUS claims that compared to the older style they used on other cards, this updated version increases the flow-rate by a factor of 22%, resulting in superior heat removal. Also, since this card is now a full-fledged 2.5-slot design, ASUS further claims that it provides 40% extra surface area (compared to their older options), which unlocks quieter operation and lower temps. The top of the graphics card has a standard G1/4-inch terminal block, which should accommodate most fittings and tubes. (The barbs are sold separately.)

Even if you don't have a liquid cooling loop installed, the ROG Poseidon is fully functional with its embedded air-cooling, too. It has two fans with IP5X certified dust-resistance, winged blades, and bearings that ASUS claims protects from debris entering into them. Also, according to the manufacturer, the ROG Poseidon is equipped with 0db fan technology, which makes the card run silent when the demand on the GPU is low.

There are lots of lighting options to tinker with too. It has RGB logos on the fan shroud and the backplate, complete with a mirror-reflection screen near the back edge, which ASUS claims gives a holographic illusion of the lights stretching down to infinity. You can additionally customize the colors and effects of all the LED lights.

The card is assembled with premium materials through ASUS's exclusive Auto-Extreme Technology. ASUS claims that this 100% automated process is environmentally friendly, wiping out chemicals and scaling back power consumption by 50%. They also claim that this system extends the lifespan of the card's components and boosts its performance.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Base Clock: 1480 MHz
Boost Clock: 1582 MHz
Memory Speed: 11016 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $709.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Looking for cooler that sends the hot air out of the back of your case? The ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 1080 Ti does just that, similar to the reference card. This makes it ideal for smaller PC setups. The cooler on this particular card is wholly unique though, and it's comprised of a single, dual-ball-bearing fan, which ASUS claims improves the lifespan of the fan four times longer than usual. There's also a backlit logo that you can adjust, and you can download GPU Tweak II to try your hand at overclocking. Just like the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition and ROG Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti, ASUS constructs this graphics card by utilizing their Auto-Extreme Technology, which they claim brings added reliability and high quality components.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G
Base Clock: 1544 MHz
Boost Clock: 1657 MHz
Memory Speed: 11016 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: $749.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Reviews: TweakTown, Tech PowerUp, Guru 3D

Covered in a striking red and black color scheme, MSI's plus-sized GTX 1080 Gaming X 11G looks like it'd be right at home inside a turbo-charged racecar. The Gaming X 11G is cooled by MSI's Twin Frozr VI technology, which uses smooth heat pipes with square-shaped bottoms, which MSI claims optimizes heat transfer up from the copper baseplate. Two TORX 2.0 fans whisk hot air away from the heatsink, relying on both dispersion and traditional back-swept fan blades to get the job done. Each fan additionally contains double ball-bearings, which MSI claims enhances the lifespan of them, and adds to quieter overall operation. Through MSI's Zero Frozr tech, the fans turn off entirely when the card's temperature stays below 60° C, and then kick back on when the heat gets to 61° C or more. There are plenty of customizable LED lights with animated effects which you can tweak as well—just load up the MSI Gaming App and set them to alter their behavior based off music or in-game sounds.

Beneath the fan shroud is a long and intricate heatsink built with advanced aerodynamics and the manufacturer's Airflow Control Technology, which MSI claims sends more air directly through the TWIN FROZR VI heat pipes. The heatsink and pipes connect to a solid nickel-plated copper baseplate, which contacts the GPU with a premium thermal compound. Plus, there's also a long anti-bending strip atop the card's PCB, as well as a memory cooling plate and a PWM heatsink with microfins. The rear of the graphics card is strengthened with a black metal backplate. If you're looking for even more overclocking, you can download MSI's Afterburner software to give it a shot.

Alternatively, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming 11G uses the same Twin Frozr VI cooler and color style, but offers a different price and clock speeds: 1493 MHz on the base clock, 1607 MHz) on the boost clock, and 11016 MHz on the memory.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G OC

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G OC
Base Clock: 1531 MHz
Boost Clock: 1645 MHz
Memory Speed: 11016 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $709.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

In contrast to the red and black styling of the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G, this MSI card is decked out in black and white. The cooler, fashioned off the MSI Armor 2X thermal design, contains a pair of Torx fans, which use a combination of standard and dispersion fan blades. MSI claims the Torx fans provide high-end cooling performance while still staying pleasantly quiet. The GTX 1080 Armor 11G OC also relies on Zero Frozr, which, according to MSI, stops the fans entirely when the GPU draw is minimal (such as when you're not gaming, video editing, or playing casual games).

The heatsink covering the card is filled with aluminum fins, and the copper-fabricated heatpipes run directly through the baseplate. The fin array uses MSI's Airflow Control tech, which the company claims maximizes airflow to the heatpipes. The entire card is built with military class 4 standards, including Hi-c Cap, Solid CAP, and new SFC components. If you'd like to do some additional overclocking, you can pick up MSI's Afterburner utility for free.

If you're digging the card's black-and-white cooler, but looking for different clock speeds? Have a look at MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G; it offers a 1480 MHz base clock and a 1582 MHz boost clock.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G OC

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G OC
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1620 MHz
Memory Speed: 11016 MHz
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin, One 6-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $699.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

If you don't have a spacious mid to full-sized case or extra airflow, a blower-based cooler is always a good choice. The GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G OC uses this type of solution, and it sends the hot air out of your chassis rather than into it. Like other MSI graphics cards, this particular option has military class 4 components (MIL-STD-810G). It also contains all-solid capacitors and an aluminum core, which MSI claims lowers the overall temperature and creates higher efficiency and stability. The cooler has a premium LED MSI logo along the top, which is adjustable with GeForce Experience.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G has the same blower-based cooler, but retains the same clock speeds as the reference card.

PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC

PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC
Base Clock: 1531 MHz
Boost Clock: 1645 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $724.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Despite the 1645 MHz boost clock, three powerful fans, and an all-encompassing heatsink on the PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC, it only needs a 6-pin and an 8-pin power connector. The cooler uses a design approach with sharp angles and silver and black coloring to make a strong visual statement. The rear of the PCB contains a full-length aluminum backplate, and there's a standard three-year warranty included with the purchase. The GTX 1080 XLR8 OC is also a dual-slot card, so it should fit well into most mid-sized ATX cases.

PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower Edition

PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower Edition

PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower Edition
Base Clock: 1480 MHz
Boost Clock: 1582 MHz
Memory Speed: 11016 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $709.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

PNY's blower-based GTX 1080 Ti uses the standard clock speeds (1480 MHz base / 1582 MHz boost), and comes with a handy three-year warranty. With some careful overclocking, you can likely increase those speeds a fair bit. There are two separate styles of coolers you can choose from, but both of them are constructed with a blower-based concept.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC 11G

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC 11G
Base Clock: 1518 MHz
Boost Clock: 1632 MHz
Memory Speed: 11010 MHz
Power Connectors: One 8-Pin, One 6-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $699.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Gigabyte makes no qualms about the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC 11G's bold colors; with a white cooler shroud complimented by orange highlights, this is a card that's bound to garner attention. It uses the Windforce 3X cooling system to keep the thermals at bay, which involves three fans with triangle-edged blades and 3D-striped curves. Gigabyte claims this fan design enhances airflow by 23% compared to normal fans. For heat transfer duty, the card's heatsink contains pure-copper-composite heat pipes, which are shaped to touch the GPU directly inside the cooler's oversized metal baseplate. The baseplate uses thermal pads to cover the VRAM module as well.

If you're not in the middle of a particularly intense gaming session, Gigabyte claims that their 3D Active Fan technology puts a halt on the spinning, making for quieter operation during casual PC use. For lighting enthusiasts, RGB fusion permits up to 16.8 million customizable color options in relation to the Gigabyte LED logo, as well as unique lighting effects, available through the AORUS graphics engine. The card's PCB uses Titan X-grade chokes and capacitors, and offers 8+2 power phases on the MOSFET.

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition
Base Clock: 1607 MHz
Boost Clock: 1721 MHz
Memory Speed: 11232 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: $749.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Reviews: Hexus, Guru3D, Bit-Tech, Vortez

In the mood for a custom GTX 1080 Ti that pushes its clocks speeds to new heights? Try the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition, with a boost clock of 1721 MHz and a memory frequency of 11232 MHz—some of the highest numbers in this round up. Those speeds are kept stable through the AORUS cooling solution, which the manufacturer claims covers all the key components of the card, such as the GPU, VRAM, and MOSFET. The configuration involves using a copper backplate, composite heatpipes, a giant copper baseplate on the front, and three 100 mm stack fans on top. The fans use double ball-bearings, an angular fin design, and spin away from each other. The manufacturer claims this array enhances overall heat dissipation and performance.

The futuristic-looking fan shroud has a large X in the center with LED strips, and the top of the card shows off a long AORUS logo. You can change the LED areas to your heart's content through the AORUS graphics engine. For VR gamers, there're two rear HDMI ports, and one front-facing HDMI port, which allows you to hook up two HDMI-supported monitors as well as your choice of VR headset. AORUS graphics cards also unlock a four-year warranty via AORUS Care.

Like its sibling, the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti goes with an identical cooler, but has a base clock of 1569 MHz, a boost clock of 1683 MHz, and a memory clock of 11010 MHz.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme
Base Clock: 1645 MHz
Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
Memory Speed: 11200 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: $759.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

Reviews: TweakTown

Did the speed of light nestle itself inside your PC? No, that's just the ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme. The 1759 MHz boost clock places this card in a league of its own, and the massive 2.5-slot IceStorm cooler is covered in a gunmetal gray, with LED lighting strips along the top and bottom, and an LED ZOTAC logo on the face and on the back. By exploring the FireStorm software, you can adjust three different zones of this lighting, allowing for some notably creative endeavors.

A long aluminum heatsink with interlaced heatpipes sits comfortably under the fans and IceStorm case cover. The heatsink connects to a direct copper baseplate, and thermal heat pads are spread out to assist in transferring the thermals off critical components such as the VRAM and GPU. Completing the cooler package is a thick metal backplate affixed to the underside of the PCB. ZOTAC claims that their Freeze technology allows the AMP Extreme to stay whisper quiet when not in high demand, reducing wear and tear and increasing stability. The PCB is further enhanced with 16+2 power phases and a Power Boost control chip, which the manufacturer claims reduces ripple noise and helps eliminate fluctuations in power.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition
Base Clock: 1569 MHz
Boost Clock: 1683 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: TBD

Manufacturer's Product Page

If the size of ZOTAC's 2.5-slot GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme is too big for your current case, you should consider the ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition instead. It uses much of the same design concepts as its bigger brother—such as incorporating a 16+2 power phase, metallic backplate, Spectra LED lighting system, and PowerBoost control chip—but it only requires two total PCI-e slots. It also uses a shorter heatsink and IceStorm cooler, with two fans rather than three. But even with its smaller stature, the AMP Edition is plenty fast, with a respectable 1683 MHz boost clock and a 1596 MHz base clock.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Blower
Base Clock: 1480 MHz
Boost Clock: 1582 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: $699.99

Manufacturer's Product Page

ZOTAC's dual-slot GTX 1080 Ti Blower includes a radial fan and a vapor chamber that shoots the hot air away from the interior of your chassis and out the back—a fine option for those with smaller rigs or only a few case fans.

Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Golden Sample

Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Golden Sample
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1620 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)

Manufacturer's Product Page

Available only in Europe, Gainward's blower-configured GTX 1080 Ti Golden Sample comes with a decent-sized overclock on the base and boost clocks: 1506 MHz and 1620 MHz, respectively. This makes it an alluring option for those who'd like some extra speed right out of the box without needing to worry too much about additional case-fans and optimized airflow. And despite the increases to the base and boost clock, this card still only requires the standard 6-pin and 8-pin power cables.

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Base Clock: 1480 MHz
Boost Clock: 1582 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-pin, One 9-pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: TBD

Manufacturer's Product Page

The GALAX GTX 1080 Ti uses a blower cooler with some artistic flair, and IT comes set up with the same clock speeds as the GTX 1080 Ti reference card. If you're in the market for a card that stands out visually, but still fits into just about any mid-sized ATX case, this one is likely a good bet. For those in Europe, you can pick up the same card from the KFA2 brand.

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC

GALAX/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC
Base Clock: 1531 MHz
Boost Clock: 1645 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-Pin
Size: 2-Slot
MSRP: TBD

Manufacturer's Product Page

2.5-slot cards with huge coolers are certainly a sight to behold, but that doesn't mean 2-slot cards such as the GALAX GTX 1080 Ti EXOC can't get some respectable overclocking too. With a base clock of 1532 MHz and a boost clock of 1645 MHz, this compact but powerful 1080 Ti uses two 90 mm LED cooling fans, and GALAX claims the heatsink and components are crafted with premium materials, which brings superior heat removal (the interior contains five copper heatpipes weaving between numerous aluminum fins). GALAX further claims that the two fans have optimized blades that allow for 5% more airflow and wind pressure than typical offerings, and 3dB less noise. Behind the PCB is a black and gray aluminum-alloy backplate.

You can also buy the identical KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC, though it's available only in Europe.

Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan AD

Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan AD
Base Clock: 1480 MHz
Boost Clock: 1582 MHz
Memory Speed: 11008 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)

Manufacturer's Product Page

This three-fan, 2.5-slot graphics card has Colorful's Silver Shark cooler, and uses an iGame Pure Power 8+2 phase digital power-supply. Colorful claims you can use a single button to overclock the card, or fine-tune the speeds even further through their iGame-Zone OC software. The iGame logo along the casing and the circle surrounding the middle fan light up via an RGB system, and Colorful claims that the fans will stop entirely during low-need situations, making the Vulcan AD noiseless when idle. This card is only available in Europe.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1080 Ti X4 Ultra

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1080 Ti X4 Ultra
Base Clock: 1607 MHz
Boost Clock: 1721 MHz
Memory Speed: 11400 MHz
Power Connectors: One 6-Pin, One 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)

Manufacturer's Product Page

Reviews: Hexus

If you're searching for a graphics card that's packed to the brim with air-cooling and high overclocks, the Europe-only Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1080 Ti X4 Ultra should do nicely. This beast has a 1607 MHz base clock and a 1721 MHz boost clock, and you can probably up those values even more if you're feeling experimental. That's because the bulk of this card is comprised of Inno3D's latest iChill cooling solution. The heatsink has been completely reconfigured, and (compared to the reference GTX 1080 Ti) Inno3D claims it has 15% more cooling fins, 10% better heat dissipation, a brand new composite-metal heat pipe, and a 150% larger copper base that results in 260% improved heat absorption.

The X4 in the card's name refers to the number of fans attached to the unit. Inno3D's A.P.C.S. (Active Power Cooling Solution) involves a combination of the three fans on the front an auxiliary fan on the top, which all work together with the heatsink to keep the card operating efficiently and stable. As Hexus states in their review: "Built like a tank, the factory-overclocked card dominates every performance metric that matters and is comfortably cooler, quieter and faster than reference." The X4 Ultra also has a full-stop fan mode, which Inno3D claims makes the cooler go completely quiet when the GPU is idle.

If your case has a side window, you'll be able to see the card's iChill performance indicator LED, which glows blue when in low power, green for casual gaming, and red for full-throttle sessions. And last but not least, there's a Herculez backplate, which Inno3D claims reinforces the whole PCB and helps protect the GPU from being accidentally damaged.

Inno3D offers a wide range of GTX 1080 Ti's based off the same cooler with modified fans and different clock speeds, including the iChill GTX 1080 Ti X3 Ultra (1607 MHz base clock / 1721 MHz boost clock with three total fans), iChill GTX 1080 Ti X4, (1569 MHz base clock / 1683 MHz boost clock with four fans), and iChill GTX 1080 Ti X3 ( 1569 MHz base clock / 1683 MHz boost clock with three fans).

Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Super Jetstream

Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Super Jetstream
Base Clock: 1531 MHz
Boost Clock: 1645 MHz
Memory Speed: 11000 MHz
Power Connectors: Two 8-Pin
Size: 2.5-Slot
MSRP: N/A (EU import only)

Manufacturer's Product Page

The Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Super Jetstream uses a dual BIOS, which Palit claims automatically activates if an error is encountered to protect the hardware. This makes it an appealing choice for aggressive overclockers. Palit's customized PCB has a DrMOS (Driver and MOSFET module), and according to the manufacturer, it offers high-current circuits, low noise, and creates far less heat compared to the reference board.

There are two oversized 100 mm TurboFans (inspired by the design of jet engine turbines), and each fan uses alternating blade rotations. Palit claims these enhancements increase the effectiveness of the air stream and air pressure, making a cooler card all around. Beneath the fans is a sprawling aluminum heatsink and a large copper base that adheres directly to the GPU's surface. By downloading Palit's ThunderMaster suite, you can adjust the color lighting on the LED logos, and Palit claims you can even customize the lights to match your card's current temps, giving you an instant at-a-glance reference of how it's running.

For a similar card with the same cooler but slightly different speeds, try out the Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Jetstream—it has a 1480 MHz base clock and a 1582 MHz boost clock.

Beef up your stock GTX 1080 Ti with an aftermarket cooler

If you picked up a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founder's Edition card at launch, you can still add your own custom cooler, making it even more receptive to overclocking. Of course, even with the best aftermarket cooler, it's important to note that you probably won't get to the heights seen on some of the cards in this round-up; but you can still come close. Arctic is a smart place to start, as they have lots of styles and designs, ranging from different cooling capacities, cooler types, number of fans, and heatsink variations. Arctic even offers all-in-one liquid coolers, such as the Accelero Hybrid III-140 and Accelero III-120. Removing your existing GTX 1080 Ti fan shroud and heatsink and adding an aftermarket cooler requires some skill and patience, but if you've ever installed a custom CPU cooler, it's remarkably similar; the only tools you'll need are some alcohol wipes, a micro screwdriver set, and quality thermal paste. If you're still on the fence, YouTube has plenty of helpful videos covering the process.

To really crank your overclocks, you can add your GTX 1080 Ti into a liquid cooling loop. Ekwb is a popular site in that regard, and it sells a wide variety of water blocks, reservoirs, fittings, pumps, and more. And while creating a water-cooled PC can seem intimidating, it's actually pretty straightforward. Check out reputable sites such as PC Gamer, PC World, and Tom's Hardware for some in-depth tutorials.

Tear through your favorite games with a custom GTX 1080 Ti

No matter which custom GTX 1080 Ti you purchase, you can take comfort in knowing that it's built off of NVIDIA's Pascal technology, the world's most advanced GPU architecture, complete with DirectX 12 support, high-speed GDDR5X memory, and optimized power efficiency. Each custom manufacturer has their own unique take and approach on their cards, but every one of them should have little trouble running your favorite titles smoothly at higher resolutions, such as 2560 x 1440. Plus, you'll have access to GeForce Experience and NVIDIA GameWorks effects and features in supported games, including TXAA, HBAO+ Ambient Occlusion, Depth of Field, and Turf Effects (among plenty of others). You'll also have NVIDIA Ansel at your fingertips—an awesome new way to snap breathtaking screenshots from any angle in games.

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