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Hello everyone, Will here. Today I am bringing you a quick review and benchmark session of the EVGA nVidia GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming graphics card. This is a card that I have been looking forward to reviewing for some time now. So, without further delay, let’s get to it.
Overview and Specifications
The EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming graphics card is built on the nVidia GTX 1080 Ti GPU base and comes with substantial upgrades to base clock, memory clock, and cooling capabilities. The SC2 comes with iCX, which is a thermal monitoring system. It has nine thermal sensors over the card at the GPU, memory, and multiple power phase areas. The SC2 also offers asynchronous fan control, meaning that the two fans on the card will spin at different rates depending on temperatures in their area. For example, when the GPU core heats up to a certain level, the fan immediately over that area will spin up to cool the core down while the other fan over the memory may remain at a lower speed or not spin at all. The card is just a dual slot card giving you more room for air flow within your case or even the ability to add more components beneath the card easier. For specifications of the actual GPU, you will get a base clock of 1556MHz that will boost to 1670MHz. There is 11GB of GDDR5X memory with a memory clock of 11000MHz.
For testing this card, I chose a variety of games like Battlefield 1, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, CS:GO, F1 2017, Far Cry 5, Fortnite, GTA V, NBA 2K18, Overwatch, and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. All games were tested in 1080p and at the highest settings. The card was left at stock with no overclocking as was the Ryzen 5 2600. I used 16GB of G.Skill TridentZ RAM at 3200MHz. Each game was tested for a one-hour gaming session three times each over several days while the FPS was recorded using FRAPS obtaining the 1% low and the average FPS. I monitored temperatures and FPS while gaming using RivaTuner Statistics. So, with the testing methods out of the way, let us get to the results and see how this card fared. All games were tested using the latest nVidia GeForce drivers, version 398.36.
First, Battlefield 1 came in with a 1% low of 106 FPS and an average of 140 FPS. Assassin’s Creed: Origins achieved a 1% low of 62 FPS and an average of 78 FPS. Next up was CS:GO where I saw a 1% low of 157 FPS and an average of 451 FPS. F1 2017 came next and netted a 1% low of 81 FPS and an average of 111 FPS. Far Cry 5 came in with a 1% low of 95 FPS and an average of 101 FPS. Next was Fortnite which hit a 1% low of 81 FPS and an average of 147 FPS. Next up was GTA V. The game ran smoothly even with a 1% low of 55 FPS and an average of 91 FPS. NBA 2K18 achieved a 1% low of 57 FPS and an average of 141 FPS. Overwatch achieved a 1% low of 190 FPS and an average of 215 FPS. Finally, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt took its turn netting a 1% low of 84 FPS and an average of 110 FPS.
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Gaming Benchmarks Chart
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Assassin's Creed: Origins
Far Cry 5
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, there you have it. The GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming by EVGA is a powerful card and comes with a hefty overclock out of the box from the manufacturer. The card has absolutely no issue playing any of the games I threw at it. The Ryzen 5 2600 clearly held the card back and a better processor choice for this card would definitely be a Ryzen 7 2700 or an Intel i7-8700K overclocked. The card ran smoothly despite its temperatures hitting 82 degrees Celsius and the fans were extremely loud once those temperatures got that high. Note, however, that this card was tested in the Fractal Design Node 202 mini-ITX/HTPC case as I’m still awaiting a more air flow friendly case at writing. The card did throttle often but it had negligible effect on performance. This card is currently roughly $850 from EVGA and can be had from Newegg or Amazon for around $750. At $850, I just cannot justify purchasing this card and I will only recommend it at $750 if you absolutely feel like you need a card of this caliber and cannot or do not feel like waiting for the next generation of nVidia cards.
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