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October 13, 2023

EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Hydro Copper Review

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EVGA's latest GTX 1080, the ACX 3.0 Superclocked, adds a beefier cooler and higher clock speeds to the reference design. It also has a different power supply connector and comes with three-year warranty. If you're considering a new GTX 1080 but aren't looking to break the bank, this is one of your best options.

The EVGA card is available in standard dual-slot and full-cover water block form and it comes with a pair of 6 to 8-pin PCIe power cable adapters. It's packed in an antistatic bag instead of the usual plastic clamshell, which is a welcome change of pace. The box includes two large EVGA stickers, a "Powered by EVGA" metal decal for your PC chassis, an installation guide and a user manual.

The main draw here is the ACX 3.0 cooler, which combines custom heatsinks with fans and cooling plates, double ball bearings (which EVGA says results in 400% longer lifespan than traditional bearings), next-generation straight cool pipes, a tweakable RGB LED system on the fan shroud and more. The result is a much quieter card that can maintain high clocks for longer and avoid thermal throttleback even under load.

Clock-wise, EVGA's out-of-the-box overclock is more significant than the base and boost clocks on the Founders Edition and puts it in a clear performance lead over AMD's Radeon Fury X when running games in DX11. The GTX 1080's overwhelming power still gives it a big advantage over DX12, though.