With the GTX 1080 Ti just around the corner for us everyday gamers to finally get our hands on this seriously impressive $699 MSRP graphics card, we have rounded up the top aftermarket GTX 1080 Ti cards you should look out for. If you are considering building your next gaming PC with this 11GB monster card, then this article is just for you.
Nvidia have already shown us their Founders Edition card with a MSRP of $699, although realistically the cards all of us gamers are looking out for are the aftermarket custom cards offered by the likes of EVGA, ASUS, Palit, Zotac, MSI to name a few. If you’re deciding between going for a reference GTX 1080 Ti card or a aftermarket design, we recommend going for the aftermarket option as they often provide better performance, cooling, as well as producing less noise.
Below is our roundup of the top founders editions and aftermarket GTX 1080 Ti cards that will be hitting stores soon.
Asus were the first to the aftermarket 1080 Ti scene with their RoG Strix line of cards, including the GTX 1080 Ti Strix, GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC that feature their characteristic DirectCU III cooler with a triple cooling fan setup and included backplate. Asus will also be providing its Turbo range for the GTX 1080 Ti that is cooled by a standard blower design, and will likely be a bit cheaper than the OC and RoG Strix models and clocks similar to the reference 1080 Ti.
Colorful have announced their own founders edition of the 1080 Ti, pictured below, and have recently announced the Colorful iGame GTX 1080 Ti, which features a color LCD screen on the card allowing to likely display temperature stats of the 1080 Ti.
If you’re looking for a solid founders edition card with great warranty, EVGA are the guys to go for. EVGA have announced their founders edition GTX 1080 Ti, as well as their GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 aftermarket card which features a triple 100mm fan cooling design, as well as a number of impressive sensors on the card to help the everyday gamer to keep a close watch on the temperatures of the 1080 Ti.
Gigabyte are yet to announce their aftermarket version of the GTX 1080 Ti, although they have teased us with an image of their Aorus version of the GTX 1080 Ti, with a similar design of cooling to that of the Aorus GTX 1080 aftermarket card.
No announcements yet form Gainward on their aftermarket, custom GTX 1080 Ti cards, although they have got a Founders Edition card on the way. Interested to see what they release given their strong track record with their aftermarket GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 variants.
Here at GPUnerd we haven’t been the biggest fans of Inno3D aftermarket cards in the past, although this newly announced aftermarket GTX 1080 Ti card by Inno3D does catch our eye. This impressive card features a quad fan cooling setup, with a triple fan setup on the side and an additional fan on the top. Impressive, we can’t wait to see if this actually delivers cooler temperatures and higher overclocks from the 1080 Ti.
MSI have got a Founders Edition version of the GTX 1080 Ti coming to stores shortly, as well as their aftermarket version of the 1080 Ti, too. The aftermarket MSI 1080 Ti, named the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X, features a dual fan ‘Twin Frozr VI’ – whatever that means – as well as the gimmick of RGB to satisfy all those die hard RGB fanboys out there. Looking forward to seeing more 1080 Ti variants coming form MSI in the near future. UPDATE: New models have been announced form MSI, including the Sea Hawk, Sea Hawk, Armor and Aero variants of the GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.
No aftermarket cards announced yet from the folks over at Palit, although they have a Founders Edition variant of the GTX 1080 Ti coming soon.
No PNY aftermarket 1080 Ti’s have been announced yet, but they have announced they are doing a Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti.
Zotac have initially announced 2 cards to their GTX 1080 Ti card lineup, featuring a Founders Edition coming as well as aftermarket 1080 Ti variant that has a newly designed triple fan cooling setup and finally two 8-pin connectors. Their popular AMP range is back again with the GTX 1080 Ti, with their announced ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme model, featuring a triple fan setup, PowerBoost, as well as 16 + 2 power phases. Interested to see how well this card performs against the likes of the EVGA FTW3 aftermarket 1080 Ti.
There you go, the top GTX 1080 Ti aftermarkets that have been announced so far, and its going to be interesting to see which aftermarket GTX 1080 Ti card performs the best out of them all with the highest overclocks, the best cooling, as well as the best value GTX 1080 Ti. Which one is your favourite aftermarket 1080 Ti that has been announced?
Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re in the market for a new card, why not also consider the recently reduced GTX 1080? These cards are still highly powerful, capable and now present great value with their price reduction in light of the GTX 1080 Ti announcement. Here’s our guide on the best aftermarket GTX 1080 brand if you’re interested.