A Closer look at the card
Here she is, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 TI Founders Edition 11G-P4-6390. It’s OK to drool, she knows she looks good. So, let’s look around the card and check everything out.
Removing the covers, we can see the card has 3 Display ports of which are the 1.4 variety and a single HDMI port which is 2.0b. You are stuck if you display is only VGA, and if it was you may want to look at upgrading your monitor as well instead of buying an adapter. If you only have DVI, you are in luck, they do include a DisplayPort to DVI adapter as I mentioned previously. You can connect up to 4 monitors here and use them simultaneously.
Moving to the right of the card, we see that the card comes with a rubber cover over the SLI port fingers. Let’s remove it so that you can see what it looks like.
She’s a little shy now undressed but she looks amazing. While SLI is a bonus, you can remove the rubber cover even if you are not going to use SLI.
This is what the SLI HB Bridge looks like, but alas… it is not included, you will have to buy it separately.
A little more off to the side, we find the “GEFORCE GTX” logo, and there is a little more of a trick to the logo that I will show you a little later.
A little more to the right we find the 2 x PCI-e connections. This card has a 6Pin PCI-e connection and an 8Pin PCI-e connection.
Along the backside of the card we find the vents inside of the shroud but we also find 3 little holes.
Those holes are used more for OEM’s and boutiques that wish to use them to keep the cards from sagging and also protect them and hold them in place for shipping purposes then also for aftermarket manufactures to do with what they which.
Moving more to the right we reach the bottom of the card. Here we can find the PCI-e fingers that are using to slide into the x16 PCI-e slot. This card by the way is a PCI-e 3.0 card.
Here we can see the back of the card. This comes covered in a backplate covering up the PCB.
The backplate is not just smooth anodized aluminum it also has a design on it. Aside from the design, it has the “GEFORCE GTX 1080TI” imprinted on it.
It also has the NVIDIA logo as well imprinted on it.
Coming around the front of the card, we can see her in all her beauty. The Founders Edition, an NVIDIA reference design only includes one fan. I will admit, I do prefer cards with dual fans, but that will be a review and a comparison for another date.
On the front, towards the rear of the card you can find the NVIDIA logo.
From the bottom, coming up a bit we see the single fan. They gave it a nice metallic finish.
Coming up a bit more we find the vents covered in plastic to help direct airflow and some other industrial designs, complete with the bolts.
Along the front of the card as well, towards the top we find the “GTX 1080TI” brand.
While this is a Founders Edition type card only having 1 fan, it still utilizes EVGA’s ACX 3.0. Here’s a little history on ACX.
ACX 3.0 claims to have 13% more optimally tuned heatsink and fin design than that of ACX 2.0. I wonder then, being a Founders Edition card, how can this claim be made?
Here is the card showing off some of its style packed with the EVGA Powerlink and then showing off some LED. Now it did not just appear in the computer by looking at it, you have to install it.
In the next page, I will show you how to install the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 TI Founders Edition.
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware’s acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.