EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 - The Verdict
Performance Summary: The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 with iCX technology performed very well throughout out testing. The card’s higher base / boost frequencies give it a clear edge over NVIDIA’s Founder’s Edition GTX 1080 Ti cards, but the SC2 (Super Clocked 2) isn’t the most aggressively clocked custom 1080 Ti on the market. As such, it will trail some custom cards just slightly overall, like the tri-slot Gigabyte Aorus we used for comparison. Overclocking somewhat levels the playing field, however. Our EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 with iCX had no trouble breaking the 2GHz GPU barrier while overclocking, which cranked up performance a bit.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 With iCX Technology -
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 with iCX is an awesome graphics card. It may not be the highest clocked, custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti out there, so it’s out-of-box performance may trail some of the others, but that’s not a concern in our view. Everything else about the card is killer – we dig the new fan shroud design and like that the card remains a two-slot solution. We also like the customizable lighting and think the additional hardware-health data provided by EVGA’s iCX tech is a key differentiator that puts this card in a distinct category. If you’re a hardware junkie that wants to know all there is to know about you gear, EVGA’s iCX technology is currently unrivaled in the GPU space. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 with iCX also has easily adjustable lighting and is highly overclockable, so the tweakers out there are covered as well.
All told, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 with iCX is one of the most attractive custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards on the market currently. Its price is a reflection of that, however. At $749, this card commands about a $50 premium over Founder’s Edition, which is a bit steep. Although, considering its factory overclocking, customizable lighting, and all of the goodness offered by EVGA's iCX technology, we feel its premium is easily justifiable.