Unboxing the GTX 1080 FTW

Unboxing the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0

The EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC+ comes in a standard sized box that advertises its 8GB GDDR5X, the fact that it is “VR Ready”, and that it is ready for GameStream/GameWorks/G-SYNC/DX12.DSCN1409The sides and back of the box shows that it uses ACX 3.0 cooling, supports 4 concurrent displays and advertises its Key features, as well as emphasizes the 3-year EVGA warranty.

Here is everything out of the box.  DSCN1404The card is packed securely and EVGA no longers uses a anti-static plastic clamshell which we always considered wasteful.  Instead it comes in a anti-static bag which often proves more useful than the clamshell.  DSCN1401It comes with two large stickers,  a “Powered by EVGA” metal decal for your PC, a user and an installation guide, and two 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe power cable adapters.  The EVGA GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 is a handsome dual-fan card that covers a large radiator.  The fans spin relatively slowly compared with the reference Founders Edition version.  Of course, this makes perfect sense because there are two slower turning ACX 3.0 fans to remove the GPU heat, compared with a double speed single blower-style fan in the reference version.

We turn the card on its edge and look at the slim design cooling fins which allow the card to fit into a PC motherboard’s double slot configuration.  Besides the power from the PCIe slot, there are two 8-pin connectors.DSCN1396

Here is a look from the other edge.  The heatsink area is quite large.DSCN1388

As you can see the FTW card is the same length as the Founders Edition card.DSCN1376However, the FTW is considerably wider then the Founders Edition.  The FTW backplate is sturdy, dissipates heat better, and it looks much nicer than a raw PCB.


Another view.DSCN1397

You can see the heatpipes in this view:DSCN1392

Here is the connector panel. DSCN1390

There are one dual link DVI port, 3 Display Ports and a HDMI 2.0 port. Unfortunately for its competitor, the Fury X only comes with 3 DisplayPorts and 1 HDMI 1.4 port, making it somewhat unsuitable for gaming at 60Hz on a 4K TV without an active DP adapter.

The specifications look extraordinary for the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW, with solid improvements over just about anything else from the previous generation. Let’s check out its performance versus the Founders Edition and versus the Fury X after we look over our test configuration on the next page.



  1. Thanks for the review, quick question though regarding power consumption. I got this card because it was the only non-FE card available and my concern is that I didn’t realize the higher power consumption due to the overclock on the card. Is there a way via PrecisionX that you can set a power consumption target so that it doesn’t exceed the TDP of the FE version? Basically, I don’t need nor want an extra 2-4 FPS at the expense of the electrical bill cost esp when it’s near 18 cents per kilowatt hour (power+delivery charge+taxes+state/city fees), which it looks like it cost over 55 Watts for an extra 2-4 FPS in certain cases. Is that possible?

    • You’re welcome!

      You can set your own clocks in PrecisionX to whatever you like – i.e. underclock it to match the Founders Edition clocks, or even lower. You can also lower the Power Target. You can find your own “sweet spot” for clocks versus gaming performance with a little experimentation.

      Here’s a suggestion for a very useful tool that may be able to save you money since you are in an area with high electricity costs:


      They often go on sale for under $25, and you can see exactly how much electricity you are using.

      • Great, thank you for the info — I also contacted EVGA and they said to set the power target to 90% to reach a max TDP of 180 Watts.

    • a bit late but i use this card with the visio M series. 65 inch

      It ummmm…

      There is no way i could describe it to you. But once you see it. You cannot unsee it.

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