Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 Gaming Review

When Gigabyte released their GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card we were not surprised to see the same level of high quality, well performing product that Gigabyte is known for producing. The GTX1080 G1 GAMING gives you a huge boost in performance compared to the previous gen GTX 980. The GTX1080 G1 GAMING is a highly GPU that, despite there being supply issues due to crypto mining, should find its way into everyone gaming rig.

When the Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card hit the retail shops, it quickly sold out. This is testament to its performance and capabilities.

The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card is a triple fan-cooled 1080 that features a redesigned PCB; and with the rest of its excellent features, we should expect that this graphics card will continue to see a very strong demand and will still be a big hit for a long time to come. This is all because it performs excellently while also being more cost-efficient compared to other graphics cards available today.

The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card has been crafted with perfection and extreme excellence in pursuit of the ultimate gaming experience for every gaming enthusiast around.

Now, let’s go and check out what this graphics card from Gigabyte has in store for us.

Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 Gaming Review – Whats in the Box?

When we received our GTX1080 G1 GAMING, we noticed that it comes in a rather eye-catching package that really helps showcase a premium, high end look.

If you check the bottom left portion of the package, you will see that the graphics card features the company’s WINDFORCE cooling technology as well as RGB lighting; plus, it is also the OC Edition graphics card which makes things even more interesting.

At the bottom right portion of the box, you will find details about Ansel, GameWorks, DX12, and also VRWorks. At the back of the box, Gigabyte lists its highly notable WINDFORCE-X3 cooling system, as well as its RGB lighting that features a total of 16.8 million customizable colors for you to choose from.

Inside the packaging you will find the beast that is the Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card, installation media, warranty card and documentation.

The Product

Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 Gaming Review – Hot Dog, This is a Sweet Card!

The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card makes use of subtle orange highlights and an angular fan covering which gives the card a very eye-catching appeal. This actually looks fantastic. If you take a look at the rear of the graphics card, Gigabyte utilized a bigger black backplate for the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card which helps keep its rear, as well as all of its PCB cooler adequately protected.

You will find a nice-looking matte black PCB that features eight GPU phases but the interesting part here is that there is only a single power header present; the matte black shade, as well as the newly revised WINDFORCE-3X cooler is also being utilized together with the blade-style fans.

This beast of a card would look really nice inside a PC that sports a dark and sleek theme.

Gigabyte has entirely remodeled the WINDFORCE 3X’s thermal solution design and is now mainly black with reddish-orange highlights.

Compared to the Founders Edition, the GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card feels much lighter despite it being supported by three 75-millimeter fans that move air over two big sets of aluminum fins; also, these are linked by heat pipes made of composite copper and the GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card is a dual-slot solution.

Thanks to the design of the Windforce cooling you won’t be hearing the noise from your fan during low-load circumstances and these will only spin when needed; so basically, the three fans will only kick in when temperatures reach a certain level to start cooling the device.

All the LEDs that are fixed in the GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card can be managed using the X-TREME Engine software utility; plus, these are RGB-configurable with a couple of animations as well.

The GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card from Gigabyte features higher clocks with a default clock frequency of 1,835-MHz / 1,695-MHz; it also has a reference clocked at 8,192-MB GDD-R5X / 10,108-MHz, with an effective data rate on its memory.

When it comes to the card’s dimensions, it measures 28-cm x 11.5-cm and as for the installation process, you will need a total of two slots in your system.

For the display connectivity options, Gigabyte has included 1x Dual-link DVI-D port, 1x HDMI 2.0b which runs a max resolution of 4096×2160 at 60Hz and 3x Display Power 1.4 connections that run a max resolution of 7680×4320 at 60Hz.

The GPU HDMI 2.0b port can support audio passthrough for Blu-Ray 3D movies, as well as HD audio. Additionally, the GPU video encoding unit has also been developed to support HEVC at 12 and 10-bit.

The GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card has a number of great features that are notable, so we’ve listed these down for you to help you see and determine if it’s a card that is adequate for your gaming needs.

The WINDFORCE 3x – Cooling System

The WINDFORCE 3x cooling system exhibits three copper-composite heat pipes, a special blade fan design, as well as a good fin architecture which all work simultaneously to deliver an effective and adequate heat dissipation quantity for increased performance but with much lower temperatures.

Here, the airflow is separated via the triangle fan edge then carefully directed through the 3D stripe curve on the fan’s surface; this adequately enhances the airflow by twenty-three percent compared to the traditional fans that are available. Semi-passive fans will continue to stay off when the GPU is under set temperature or loading for lower power gaming.

Notice the LED fan signal right above the graphics card simply provides you with a quick display of the status of your fan. The composite heatpipes connect both the phase transition and thermal conductivity to efficiently control the transferring of heat. This is between two solid interfaces that boost about thirty percent of the cooling capacity.

The card’s pure copper heat pipes are also crafted to boost the direct contact range to the GPU.

The Stylish and Cool Metallic Black Plate

The GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card from Gigabyte features the metallic black plate which provides you with adequate protection and rigidity; it also displays a clean and sleek look to the card.

X-TREME Engine Utility

The X-TREME Engine Utility allows you to select the appropriate color scheme that best suits your gaming rig. This is made possible because of the numerous lighting effects and the 16.9-M customizable color options that are available. The X-TREME Engine that allows you to adjust clock speed, fan performance, voltage, and RGB lighting effects. The power target can also be tuned and monitored in real-time based on your own needs and preferences via this intuitive and useful interface.

Single Click for Extreme Overclocking

With just a click on the X-TREME Engine Utility, you can readily tune your GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card to meet numerous gaming requirements. This is possible even without having overclocking knowledge while also saving you from the hassles of manual adjustment.

GPU Gauntlet Sorting

The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card is forged using the most quality GPU that guarantees much higher overclocking capabilities and capacities when it comes to outstanding power switching.

This ensures the highest and best performance without compromising the system’s efficiency and reliability. The graphics card is also extremely durable due to being material engineered with quality capacitors and chokes, making it a graphics card that greatly delivers highly notable performance and an excellent system lifespan.

Built Just for Overclocking

If you compare the Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card with the founders’ edition, the 8 + 2 power phases available on this card allows the MOSFET to work at much lower temperatures while also providing a more stable and reliable voltage output.

VR Ready

Since the Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card is VR ready, you can discover and enjoy the next-generation performance of VR, low latency, as well as the plug and display compatibility with some of the leading headsets that are driven by the NVIDIA VR WORKS technologies. VR audio, haptics, and physics allow you to feel and hear everything with clarity and perfection.

Card Performance

The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card has excellent performance since it is built with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture; it also makes use of the GeForce GTX-10 series and the ultra-quick Fin FET manufacturing method for power efficiency and leaping performance.

With that said, we can definitely say that the graphics card has excellent features and we’re definitely giving this a thumbs-up.

Product Specifications

  • Graphics Processing: GeForce® GTX 1080
  • Core Clock: Boost: 1860 MHz / Base: 1721 MHz in OC mode, Boost: 1835 MHz / Base: 1695 MHz in Gaming mode
  • CUDA® Cores: 2560
  • Process Technology: 16 nm
  • Memory Clock: 10010 MHz
  • Memory Size: 8 GB
  • Memory Type: GDDR5X
  • Memory Bus: 256 bit
  • Card Bus: PCI-E 3.0 x 16
  • Output Dual-link DVI-D *1, HDMI-2.0b*1 (Max Resolution: 4096×2160 @60 Hz), Display Port-1.4 *3 (Max Resolution: 7680×4320 @60 Hz)
  • Digital max resolution 7680×4320 (requires 2*DP1.3 connectors)
  • Multi-view: 4
  • Card size: H=41 L=280 W=114 mm
  • PCB Form: ATX
  • DirectX: 12
  • OpenGL: 4.5
  • Recommended PSU: 500W
  • Power Connectors: 8 pin*1
  • SLI support: 2-way SLI HB

How it Performs

Of course, we had to check the performance of the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card and let’s start off with the temperature and noise. So far, most of all the custom graphics cards of the company are virtually silent despite all the load, and this also goes for the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card which doesn’t deviate from this. Its cooling system with the triple fan is easily adequate enough to keep the graphics card cool.

You are able to manually boost the fan speed via Gigabyte’s X-TREME and overclocking uttilities. The performance of the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card is excellent and we did not require any extra increase in the fan speed to handle more load intensive duties.

We can say that Gigabyte have done a brilliant job with their cooling system for the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card so you won’t have to worry about benchmarking sessions or all-night gaming.

The company has slightly tweaked and improved the design for the new WINDFORCE 3X model, combining this with a sleek black design with hints of orange to make it look cool and appealing. The card also features an RGB LED lighting control so you can switch this on / off, or to any animation or color you prefer – the choice is yours so it’s basically great too for customization. The card also features a durable backplate that makes the PCB sturdier and it can even safeguard the PCB and its components from any unwanted damage.

The overclocking headroom is still present with more than 2-GHz + easily acquirable on the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card; this only means that you can have a much smaller PSU similar to a quality 400-W unit without worrying about being able to overclock this. Its single eight-pin PCIe power connector can handle almost anything you throw at it so we’re really liking how the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card works.

Now let’s talk about the power consumption of the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card. We’ve tried and tested the card out and we can say that having a 500 to 600 Watt PSU is generally adequate. If you decide to go with the two-way SLI with 750 Watt of power supply, it is definitely recommended.

If you think about it, it is more than what you really need but remember, once you buy a PSU, it’s best that you aim to go for a higher wattage since your PSU will perform better and is more sufficient when its load is under 50%.

Additionally, if you are planning to overclock the memory / CPU and/or the GPU with additional voltage, remember to buy a power supply with adequate reserve.

The need for such an excellent card such as the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card all depends on a few external factors, your monitor and the resolution you use to play games with. If you usually game with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 – full HD – then this GPU is going to completely smash the performance and you will have no issues playing the latest games with all the eye candy turned on.

If you’re someone with surround gaming or rather, three monitors, the Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card will just make things even better on your part, especially with the newest multi-projection feature that has been integrated into the rendering pipeline – one of the most innovative and smartest features that the company has included into the card.

The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card is one of the fastest graphics card in the market until you get into the TI series of GPUs, and this much graphics memory and performance greatly help you in Ultra HD, DSR, tons of intricate anti-aliasing modes and the newest gaming titles.

We consider this to be one a perfect single GPU solution that lets you game properly while in Ultra HD. The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card has a heck of a lot of life left in it and should see you fragging for years to come.

When it comes to VR gaming, the GTX1080 G1 GAMING graphics card really is the sweet spot between price and performance. The card can easily hand VR gaming on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and we noticed no lagging, tearing or crashes during our VR experiences. We were also able to use the Oculus Tray tool to beef up the display settings to give us a more crisp VR experience and the GPU handles this without breaking a sweat.

How to Use

Installing the GTX1080 G1 GAMING GPU is a piece of cake. So simple in fact that Gigabyte has put together a video showing you exactly how to do it!


The Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card comes overclocked straight out of the box that it will bring an additional boost in your framerate. The best thing about this is that you get the added benefit of an overclocked card without having to take the risk of overclocking yourself.

When they said that the fans were quiet, these were indeed really quiet, and even if the card was under a full load and running at a high temperature you would only hear a faint sound coming from the fans which is really impressive in our opinion.

We were also really surprised with Gigabyte as they obviously put a whole lot of effort into their GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card – you will also see that its efficiency, durability, and performance is all due to its excellent build, engineering, the single eight-pin PCIe power connector, and the cooling technology.

If you are someone who wants to get some killer gaming performance and does not want your PSU to overly stress, then we’d definitely recommend the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card to you.

Gigabyte provides you with a highly attractive-looking, as well as a great performing graphics card that will certainly give you some future proofing. The GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card is definitely an exciting and fresh product and even if it is slightly on the higher price bracket, it is difficult to ignore the fact that it is worth every penny.

Overall, GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card will surely provide you with a load of efficient gaming performance for your PC; plus, since Gigabyte further improved and developed its features, you can definitely say that this graphics card has stepped notch. It’s latest Pascal architecture also proves that the card has outstanding agility while its FIN FET displays lower power consumption because of its lower voltages as well as its high clock speed. The GDDR-5X memory makes the graphics card all the better, thus, completing the whole package which is the GTX1080 G1 GAMING Graphics card.

Where to Buy

If you would like to add this monster of a card to you your precious gaming rig, and we highly recommend that you do by the way, you can do so for around $899AUD. For more information head on over to the official product page.

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