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|
||1480 MHz||1480 MHz||1531 MHz|
|GPU Boost Clock||1582 MHz||1582 MHz||1645 MHz|
|Memory Clock Effective
|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.