First, we would like to introduce you to the best GTX 1080 graphics cards in detail. We scoured all the tests and comparisons on the internet for you and finally found these models. Here you can find all the important key data, information, and a rating for each graphics card.

1. MSI NVIDIA GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB

Ventilation 2 Fans
GPU clock 1607 Mhz
GPU Boost 1822 MHz
Ports 3xDP , 1xHDMI , 1xDVI-D
Memory 8 GB GDDR5X
Power consumption 180 Watt
Recommended power supply 500 Watt

About the MSI NVIDIA GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB

As we have been used to for years, the 1080 Gaming X 8G is also processed in the classic MSI look. Black with a bit more than just red accents, makes this card especially good in builds that are already aimed at the red look anyway.

MSI can definitely convince the in-house Zero Froze cooling systems, which come with 2 double ball bearing fans. Due to the cooling blades’ steeper angle, MSI promises more cooling performance through higher pressure at a lower volume. Also, Zero Frozr means that the card turns the fans completely inactive at temperatures below 60 ° C, making your PC even quieter.

Bottom line

With the 1080 Gaming X 8G, you get one of the weaker and the cheaper GTX 1080 cards. Compared to other stronger cards, the MSI does not have the necessary cooling performance to run at correspondingly high clock rates. It was developed for this with SLI in mind.

High end graphics cards are usually noticeable because of their huge size, but not in this case. So if you are looking for a reasonably cheap and at the same time space-saving solution to install two cards in your PC, you will find it here.

However, do not expect the greatest freedom when overclocking, because as already said: Due to the comparatively weak cooling performance, you don’t have much room for improvement here. And that although MSI has one of the strongest tools for overclocking on the market with “Afterburner”.

Last but not least, it remains to be said that although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the red look will not appeal to every beholder. Instead of taking the color-neutral route and placing the coloring through (the even existing) RGB LEDs in the user’s hands, MSI chooses the signal color here. Red is the company’s trademark, but we would like to see a little more freedom here in the future.

Pros
  • You’re looking for a quiet high-end card
  • You want to save space despite two SLI cards
  • You like the red color
Cons
  • Heats up if used consistentanly for long hours
  • You need software to enable the overclock

2.Asus GTX 1080 ROG Strix 8GB

Ventilation 3 Fans
GPU clock 1683 Mhz
GPU Boost 1822 Mhz
Ports 2xDP or 2xHDMI or 1xDVI-D
Memory 8 GB GDDR5X
Power consumption 200 Watt
Recommended power supply 550 Watt

About the Asus GTX 1080 ROG Strix 8GB

ROG – Republic of Gamers. This is what ASUS calls their hardware series, which is primarily aimed at us – the gamers. With graphics cards, that can only mean one thing: maximum performance without compromise. The 1080 ROG Strix immediately catches the eye with three fans, which ensures that the card keeps a cool head even under pressure.

For us, this means that we not only get good performance with a 1771 MHz boost clock but that we can increase it even further. Users who want to overclock their graphics card properly will get their money’s worth here.

Bottom line

Gamers who go for pure performance should definitely listen carefully to the ROG Strix series. Here you get 1080, from which you can get a lot out. If you want to achieve the maximum, ASUS provides you with the “GPU Tweak II” program, with which you can overclock as you wish. Even if you are not technically savvy, you will get various presets from which you can choose.

However, high performance always comes at a price. In the case of the ROG Strix 8G, this means that you will hear the fans under full load (especially overclocked). Also, the “ASUS GPU Tweak II” is not known as a stable program. As powerful as the tool is, various buyers also complain of regular crashes. Furthermore, ASUS is not exactly known for the best customer service in German-speaking countries.

What stands out positively is the simple color scheme, which can be adapted to your build with RGB LEDs. You can control this via ASUS ‘Aura Sync Tool. So if you have other hardware from ASUS including RGB LEDs, you can even adopt them to each other.

Last but not least, it should also be said that this card is the most practical for use with virtual reality headsets, as it has 2 HDMI connections. However, you do without a display port.

Pros
  • You are friends of overclocking
  • High performance expected
  • You need a card with 2 HDMI connections
Cons
  • Not a Quit card under Load
  • if 2 Display Ports are not enough for you
  • Service is not upto the standards

3. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP

Ventilation 3 Fans
GPU clock 1771 MHz
GPU Boost 1911 MHz
Ports 3xDP; 1xHDMI; 1xDVI-D
Memory 8 GB GDDR5X
Power consumption 270 Watt
Recommended power supply 500 Watt

About the Zotac 1080 Amp! Extremes

In contrast to MSI and ASUS, ZOTAC is a company that almost exclusively sells graphics cards. The AMP! Extreme is only one of seven (!) GTX 1080s from ZOTAC differ from one another mainly in terms of cooling and design.

The AMP! Extreme is – as the name suggests – the most powerful in this series and is equipped with three fans, which, thanks to the in-house Icestorm technology, should ensure more efficient and quieter cooling.

Visually, the map is also very appealing. Especially because the front and back are made of carbon, it makes a lot of sense here. But the carbon helps the optics, but it also helps with the above-mentioned heat distribution and noise insulation.

Our assessment

As mentioned above, the card is powered by ZOTAC’s own Icestorm technology. This means that it is narrower than comparable cards despite maximum cooling performance. ZOTAC achieves this by focusing on tailor-made copper pipes. These efficiently draw off the heat wherever it is generated. The lamellas, therefore, have to distribute less heat and can therefore be built narrower.

Like almost every manufacturer of graphics cards, ZOTAC has, of course, also developed an overclocking tool. With Firestorm, you can get the most out of your card and set the built-in RGB LEDs at the same time.

The AMP! Extreme is definitely one of the highest quality cards you can find on the market right now. Materials like carbon are not often found inside a PC case. If you plan to use two of these cards in the SLI, plan that the back card will not have too much room to breathe. The card is one of the narrower GTX 1080s on the market, but it’s not that narrow either.

The fans also run very loud here under full load. If you want a quieter solution in terms of performance, you will not get around a tailor-made water cooling.

Pros
  • You want one of the highest quality cards available
  • Your very high performance preferred
  • You don’t mind the yellow accents on the back
Cons
  • Your highest possible cooling performance awaits in the SLI
  • You disturb the high volume of the fans under full load

4. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1721 MHz
GPU Boost 1860 MHz
Ports 3xDP; 1xHDMI; 1xDVI-D
Memory 8 GB GDDR5X
Power consumption 200 Watt
Recommended power supply 550 Watt

About the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming

With the G1 Gaming, Gigabyte is bringing a budget 3-fan card onto the impressive market. Plastic that Gigabyte has built on the top is perhaps not the most popular material for graphics cards, but it can save Gigabyte costs and even a little weight.

The G1 Gaming also stops the fans if the passive cooling alone is sufficient in idle mode. In this case, even the “Fan Stop” LED lights up. On the back, you will find the usual 5 connections: 3xDP, 1xHDMI, and 1xDVI-D, of which a maximum of 4 can be used simultaneously.

Our assessment

All in all, you get a card with good cooling performance thanks to three fans, which is still affordable. For a low price, you are given the option to overclock. You have to be satisfied with the high level of background noise because, with three coolers, the decibels rise quickly.

Should you find the card at a reasonable price, we can definitely recommend it to you. However, if its price is in the range of other GTX 1080s equipped with three fans, you should stay away from it. This is a beginner’s card that should also be bought at an entry-level price.

Pros
  • You can shoot them cheaply.
  • You are looking for a good entry-level model
Cons
  • The models from ZOTAC or ASUS get cheaper
  • Not the quitest Card
  • Values ​​low temperatures

5. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Gaming

Ventilation 2 fans
GPU clock 1708 MHz
GPU Boost 1847 MHz
Ports 3xDP; 1xHDMI; 1xDVI-D
Memory 8 GB GDDR5X
Power consumption 180 Watt
Recommended power supply 500 Watt

About the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Gaming

EVGA is one of the best-known manufacturers of graphics cards, and so 1080 SC Gaming should, of course, not be missing here. The card is processed in the classic gray look that you are already used to from EVGA.

The cooling is kept open, which promises good cooling performance at a lower volume. If you look at the clocks, EVGA seems to keep this promise.

Our assessment

EVGA cards are often among the more expensive models, but you get a lot on offer here that might not be visible at first glance. First of all, there is good customer service for which EVGA has long been known. If you want to be on the safe side, you can’t ignore EVGA.

Furthermore, EVGA has relied on its ACX 3.0 cooling system. This means that you get two fans here that run with double ball bearings (longer runtime) and stop in idle mode. Even with the backplate, EVGA has not forgotten the cooling and equipped it with precisely those properties.

Of course, we cannot ignore the in-house overclocking tool here either. At EVGA, this is called PrecisionXOC. Here you can even have your graphics card overclocked automatically. And should you ever have exaggerated when overclocking, EVGA has also provided your card with a second BIOS that you can switch to in the worst case.

The only downside we could find here was the software, which can be overwhelming at times if you haven’t been too long into overclocking graphics cards.

Pros
  • Good customer service is important to you
  • good cooling performance
  • Looking for the good potential for overclocking
Cons
  • The overclocking tool should be beginner-friendly
  • You are looking for a tranquil card