Nvidia introduced something a bit different this year with the launch of the GTX 1080- ‘Founders Edition’ cards, which use reference coolers and start at £619.99 here in the UK. This led to some concern about the pricing of GTX 1080s using after market coolers but as it turns out, the situation isn’t bad at all, with GTX 1080s from board partners starting as low as £524.99.
The GTX 1080 went on sale about an hour ago at the time of writing and while there are plenty of ‘Founders Edition’ cards to choose from, there are also plenty of cards from board partners. Right now KFA2 and MSI have two ‘blower style’ cooled GTX 1080s up for £524.99 and £533.99 respectively but if you can spare an extra £25, you start to hit the cards with bigger cooler designs on them.
Right now on Overclockers UK, you can grab the Inno3D Herculez GTX 1080, or the KFA2 EX OC model which features a dual-fan cooler. Starting at £569.99 you can grab MSI GTX 1080 Armour Edition, which uses a similar cooler to the Gaming series cards but in black and white. Or alternatively, Inno3D have the GTX 1080 iChill Air Boss X3 which uses a monstrous triple fan cooler design.
If you’re after an EVGA model, then you can grab the GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 starting at £578.99 or £609.99 for the FTW Edition. The Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080 starts at £608.99 meanwhile the Asus DCU III Strix and Zotac AMP! cards start at £619.99. In all, these prices are very encouraging with a lot of attractive options below the founders edition price.
You can find all of these cards over at Overclockers UK, who have managed to put together quite an extensive selection of cards for pre-order.
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KitGuru Says: Personally, I was expecting most third-party GTX 1080s to match or exceed Founders Edition pricing but I am very happy to find that is not the case. Are any of you shopping around for a GTX 1080? Are any of you surprised by some of the prices?