Now that RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti have taken the mantle of most powerful and highest performing GPU cards, the GTX 1080 might seem like a step down. But it is very much not. It's still a more than capable card and one of the best on the market (and still one of the most popular) out there. It remains one of our favourites, offering great performance for a fairly balanced and reasonable price—much cheaper than the 2080 Tis for example—which makes it an ideal candidate for a gaming PC build.
In our review of the GTX 1080 we explain why we are fans of it, and, apart from the newer 2080 card, we would still easily and happily recommend this, with confidence, as being one of the best graphics cards to pick up if you want gorgeous graphics, and for almost any build. However, there's a chock-filled market of 1080s nowadays so picking one out is tricky, so to make it easier, we've rounded up the best from a variety of makers who offer their own options below.
The best Asus GTX 1080 deals
Asus has a handful of good options for Nvidia's beast of a graphics card. The company's ROG Strix O8G has an OC mode base / boost clock speed of 1784 / 1936 MHz, which is much higher than the 1607 / 1733 MHz on Nvidia's reference card. It's also got a custom cooler which Asus says keeps the card 30 percent cooler than the reference.
The best Gigabyte GTX 1080 deals
Gigabyte's custom cards are boosting both the clock speed and the memory speed compared to the reference card. It offers a card which has a base / boost clock of 1784 / 1936 MHz, and the memory speed is up above the 10,000 MHz of the reference version at 10,416 MHz. There's also a water cooled version of this card if you're looking to keep temperatures down.
The best MSI GTX 1080 deals
MSI's cards also have an OC mode, as well as a silent mode you can swap between depending how much performance / noise you want to get out of the card. The Gaming X 8G hits 1708 / 1847 MHz base / boost clock speeds in OC mode, and the memory gets a nice bump up to 10,108 MHz too.
The best EVGA GTX 1080 deals
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW DT Gaming ACX 3.0 may have been bumped from our high-end gaming PC build guide, but it still puts out real good performance and doesn't use a blower fan. Keep that in mind as you'll want to go with a different option if you're looking for a multi-GPU system. There have been some problems with overheating on some of EVGA's cards recently, but they should be sorted now thanks to a BIOS update.
The best Palit GTX 1080 deals
Palit's GameRock Premium Edition comes with a fancy looking front panel with a 3.12-inch LCD screen. It'll show you fan speeds, temperatures, memory and core usage, the BIOS and drivers versions, and all that good stuff. It's also got a base / boost clock of 1746 / 1885 MHz, and a boosted memory speed of 10,500 MHz. It's got juicy specs, and a nice big dual fan air cooler to keep everything in order.
The best Zotac GTX 1080 deals
Zotac's GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme has a whopping 1771 / 1911 MHz base / boost clock speed, and the memory is all the way up at 10,800 MHz. It needs a lot of cooling, with three fans and an aluminum heatsink, but it still manages to stay fairly quiet. All that performance doesn't come cheap though, but Zotac does have less expensive options available too.
The best Gainward GTX 1080 deals
Gainward's cards don't have as high clock speeds as some of the other cards in this list, but, they're still GTX 1080s, so you're not exactly missing out. The Phoenix GLH has a very handy 1746 / 1885 MHz base / boost clock speed, but the memory remains the same as the reference card at 10,000 MHz.
The best Inno3D GTX 1080 deals
Inno3D has a dual slot and a 2.5-slot GTX 1080 available. The dual slot has the same specs as the reference card, but it does have a custom cooling design which will let you boost those speeds a bit yourself. The larger iChill X3 Edition is a bit beefier, with a base / boost clock speed of 1759 / 1898 MHz, and the memory is up at 10,400 MHz too.
The best GALAX GTX 1080 deals
The GALAX GTX 1080 HOF is a bit of a beast. It's a three-slot, two 8-pin power connector card with 1733 MHz base and 1873 MHz boost, and there's plenty of room here to get those specs even higher with the triple 90mm fan cooler. There's a slightly less extreme GALAX card available, which will reach 1657 / 1797 MHz base / boost clock speeds.
The best PNY GTX 1080 deals
PNY also has a big old card with three fans. The GTX 1080 XLR8 Gaming OC also manages overclocks reaching 1708 / 1848 MHz base / boost clock speeds while still only using a single 8-pin power cable.
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