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- Meet the PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8
- Our test system
- The Division
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Far Cry Primal
- Ashes of the Singularity
- Synthetics, power, and heat
- Bottom line
Our test system
We tested the PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 on PCWorld’s dedicated graphics card benchmark system, as usual. Our testbed’s loaded with high-end components to avoid bottlenecks in other parts of the system and show unfettered graphics performance.
- Intel’s Core i7-5960X with a Corsair Hydro Series H100i closed-loop water cooler ($107 on Amazon).
- An Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard.
- Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory ($127 on Amazon), and 1,200-watt AX1200i power supply ($450 on Amazon).
- A 480GB Intel 730 series SSD.
- Phanteks’ Enthoo Evolv ATX case ($190 on Amazon).
- Windows 10 Pro ($180 on Amazon).
Each game’s tested using its in-game benchmark at the mentioned graphics presets, with V-sync, frame rate caps, and all GPU vendor-specific technologies—like AMD TressFX, Nvidia GameWorks options, and FreeSync/G-Sync—disabled. The most recent public drivers were used for testing all cards.
To see where the $725 PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 stands, we’re comparing it against EVGA’s GTX 1080 Ti SC2 ($730 on Amazon), as well as the Nvidia Founders Edition versions of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ($700 on Amazon) and GTX 1080 ($550 on Newegg). GTX 1080 prices currently appear to be creeping up due to demand caused by cryptocurrency mining.
Got it? Good. Let’s get to the games.
The Division, a gorgeous third-person shooter/RPG that mixes elements of Destiny and Gears of War, kicks things off with Ubisoft’s new Snowdrop engine. We test the game in DirectX 11 mode. Switching to the tacked-on DirectX 12 mode doesn’t improve performance.
The PNY XLR8 is a wee bit slower than EVGA’s card—imperceptibly so in reality. It makes sense, as the overclock on the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti is a wee bit higher than the PNY card’s, at 1,670MHz vs 1,645MHz, respectively. Both are a bit faster than the reference GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, which helps them hit the hallowed 60 frames-per-second mark more consistently when you’ve got all the graphical bells and whistles cranked at 4K resolution.
You’ll find similar results in every gaming benchmark test. Like I said, customized GTX 1080 Ti cards all perform similarly (and both of these cards, indeed, had no problem overclocking to the 2GHz range). So we’ll leave commentary to a minimum until we get to thermals and power consumption, letting the graphs speak for themselves.
Next page: Hitman
PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC
The gorgeous and powerful PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC delivers big bang for your buck despite being $700.
- Incredible gaming performance, even at 4K
- Thinner than most custom GTX 1080 Ti cards
- Gorgeous design, no RGB lights
- Much cooler than quieter than Founders Edition
- Long length may not fit in some cases
- Light on extras
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