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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti KINGPIN Edition – An Overclockers Dream Graphics Card

EVGA has showcased its upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition at Computex 2017. The said graphics card features some very interesting configurations and design as it guarantees a 2025MHz+ overclock speed (right out of the box). Despite its impressive “guaranteed” clock speeds, the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition doesn’t’ feature a huge and bulky cooler shroud. In fact the cooler is very similar with the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Edition with some changes and tweaks. EVGA basically designed this card to have no limits – no thermal limits, no voltage limits! More details below.

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Meet The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Edition

Aside from having a guaranteed clock speed of 2025MHz+, it also features a right edge PCI-e connectors for better cable management. This means that the dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors are located on the rear portion of the PCB. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition will occupy only 2 PCI slots and users can turn it into a single slot graphics card when used with a GPU waterblock.

Instead of the usual aluminum heatsink fins, it features a copper-plated heatsink; it’s basically heavier despite its size. Take note though that the graphics card that was being displayed isn’t the final product yet. So there will be (minor) changes on the final product. The Kingpin Edition also features EVGA’s iCX cooling technology; and just like their GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Edition, the cooling solution in this graphics card is simply unlike we have seen from the competition.

EVGA is also using IR (International Rectifier) components on the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition. It has IR 3575 for MOSFETs, IR 3570 for the controller and IR 3595 for the voltage controller. You can also notice that the PCB looks (very) different compared to a normal GTX 1080 Ti PCB – it’s all Black and Gold. Of course, all those Gold plating isn’t just for show.

Interestingly, the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin has what it seems to be a lone SLI finger near the corner-end portion (where the PCI power is usually located). EVGA hasn’t revealed what is it really for, but it has something to do with power management; more or less very useful when doing extreme overclocking. Also, right beside the dual 8-pin power connector is an EVbot function; and a USB header where you can control and manage the card’s temperature and other settings.

Since the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition can be used as a single-slot graphics card, this means that EVGA has to redesign the output ports. It has three mini DisplayPorts, one HDMI port and a DVI port. Aside from that, it also features a BIOS selector for normal, OC and LN2 mode; and several LED indicators.

Oh, before I forget, the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition will also feature a “flow RGB design” where the lighting effect basically “flows”, showing you how the power flows on the graphics card. This is something that I wanted to see on a motherboard before the RGB craze exploded. Probably, we may be seeing that similar feature on future (EVGA) motherboards as well. I hope so! –Think Zone of Enders (Jehuty)

EVGA hasn’t fully disclosed the details on their flagship graphics card yet but we’ll soon find out; especially the final clock speeds. Expect the price of this graphics card will be on the premium side. Just a rough estimate, probably around $900 to $1,000, considering the set of features it has to offer and the guaranteed clock speeds. Interestingly, Jacob from EVGA tweeted that they were overclocking a graphics card (presumably the GTX 1080 Ti), reaching speeds of 2404MHz. That’s fast! I don’t think that’s LN2 though, but not sure at this point.

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