PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC review: A gorgeous graphics card with great value

PNY's GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC delivers huge bang for your buck (for a $700 graphics card).

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Power

We test power under load by plugging the entire system into a Watts Up meter, running the Division benchmark at 4K resolution, and noting the peak power draw. Idle power is measured after sitting on the Windows desktop for three minutes with no extra programs or processes running.

pny power Brad Chacos/IDG

As expected, the overclocked custom cards consume more power than the reference Founders Edition, though surprisingly little in practice. Interestingly, the custom versions consume less power than the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition does when idle.

Heat

We test heat during the same intensive Division benchmark at a strenuous 4K resolution, by running SpeedFan in the background and noting the maximum GPU temperature once the run is over.

pny temps Brad Chacos/IDG

Here’s where the benefits of a custom cooling solution truly shine. The GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition runs hot and performs worse than PNY and EVGA’s cards, both of which stay well under 70 degrees Celsius under load despite being far less bulky than most other custom GTX 1080 Ti models. Even though PNY’s card uses three fans to the EVGA’s two, the cards generate similar noise levels to our ears—far, far, far less than the Founders Edition.

Next page: Bottom line

At a Glance
  • The gorgeous and powerful PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC delivers big bang for your buck despite being $700.

    Pros

    • 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

    Cons

    • Long length may not fit in some cases
    • Light on extras
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