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.The 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. The 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. It 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.
As you can see the FTW card is the same length as the Founders Edition card.However, 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.
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.