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PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC Gaming 11GB Review

Rating: 7.0.

The latest rumours surrounding AMD's upcoming Vega GPUs point towards GTX 1070- or 1080-class performance. This means the GTX 1080 Ti will likely remain the best choice in the upper echelons of the consumer graphics card market. KitGuru has already assessed a wide range of GTX 1080 Tis and the PNY XLR8 OC Gaming is another overclocked and custom-cooled solution for the serious gamer to ponder.

PNY's interpretation of Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti GPU is pure and simple, casting aside many of the advanced or unnecessary features, depending on your perspective, that have become common place on top-tier GPUs. The XLR8 OC Gaming's strategy is a dual slot and triple-fan cooling solution, a full-cover aluminium backplate and factory overclock.

That means, to clarify, there's no RGB lighting, no passive fan mode, no onboard fan headers, no BIOS switches, no customisable decals…you get the idea. This simplistic approach may find appeal among certain audiences, particularly those unimpressed by the RGB lighting “fad” or those not wanting to overload their motherboard with a monstrous triple-slot and air-cooled graphics card.

PNY's factory overclocks aren't particularly adventurous either; a boost clock of 1645 MHz is meagre for an overclocked SKU and the stock memory reflects PNY's conservative strategy with this product.

GPU  Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition  PNY GTX 1080 Ti Blower Edition  PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC Gaming
Base Clock
 1480 MHz  1480 MHz  1531 MHz
GPU Boost Clock  1582 MHz  1582 MHz 1645 MHz
Memory Clock Effective
 11008MHz  11008MHz   11008MHz
Memory Bandwidth  484 GB/s  484 GB/s   484 GB/s
Price (£)  £689 / $699  £TBC / $740 £TBC / $735

It's certainly not a graphics card to excite the senses or push the boundaries so PNY has to impress with cooling, noise and, most importantly, pricing.

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