Galax GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB (Hall of Fame) Review – The White Beast!
Price and Availability
The Galax GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB (Hall of Fame) Edition is now available. In the US the GTX 1080 HOF currently retails for around $699.99, similar to the price of a GTX 1080 Founders Edition. Availability might be a little bit of a problem, but in the US it’s available at Galax’s online store here.
Galax GTX 1080 HOF 8GB Review: Conclusion
When I was reviewing the GTX 1070, it was a good graphics card; a little bit overkill for 1080p gaming but great for 1440p gaming, and offers a little bit performance improvement vs the GTX 980 Ti (previous flagship). The GTX 1070 is capable of gaming at 4K UHD resolution, however in most cases you will have to tone down the graphics settings to get that sweet 60fps average. I don’t think the GTX 1070 is the overall graphics card for 4K UHD gaming.
The GTX 1080 on the other hand, is the full version of the same GPU, featuring 2560 CUDA cores vs 1920 on the GTX 1070. The GTX 1080 offers 25% to 30% performance improvement vs its cut-down brother GTX 1070, plus it’s using GDDR5X video memory which is faster compared to the usual GDDR5. With these differences, the GTX 1080 is able to drive games at 4K ultra HD resolution better and at a much more enjoyable frame rates. If you are using high refresh frame rate monitor, the GTX 1080 is actually a better fit on 1440p gaming since it can produce more fps compared to a GTX 1070.
Generally speaking, I would recommend the GeForce GTX 1080 to PC users or gamers who are using a 1440p or 4K UHD monitor resolution. It’s definitely an overkill for 1080p gaming and I wouldn’t really recommend it at that resolution unless you have a triple or multiple monitor setup.
The Galax GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB is a beautiful beast. The white-themed graphics card offers a refreshing look specially if you are tired of the usual all-black or black/red themed graphics card. Cooling performance in the GTX 1080 HOF is superb thanks to its triple fan design, large aluminum fin stack and aluminum plates. The 73° to 75° Celsius I got was the result of running both Unigine Valley and Heaven benchmarks simultaneously, to stress the card’s cooler. Depending on the game that you are playing, you may get even lower temperatures. The addition of the FlexHold support stick is a welcomed feature as well. I don’t really mind that the card is a tiny bit sagging on my system, but if you want to be double sure that the card is securely and safely installed, then use the FlexHold stick.
I don’t find any major fault or issues with the Galax GTX 1080 HOF, but if I were to nitpick there are two things that I wish to point out. First, the fans do not turn off at all even when idle or light load. It’s not really a con, but it would be better if there’s an option where the fans would turn off at idle or light load, thus saving more energy. Second, there’s a number of Blue LEDs at the rear end of the graphics card. I’m not so sure what’s the function of these LEDs, most probably it is power related, but it’s a little bit off actually. I think it would be better if the color of the LEDs is white.
Finally, the Galax GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB is indeed a white beast. It’s a fantastic card with superb graphics performance and cooling ability. It’s also huge and heavy and it will definitely stand out. If you are gaming at 1440p or 4K UHD and you simply want the fastest graphics card around (without spending $1,200 for a Titan X), then consider the Galax GTX 1080 HOF on your top list.