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Overclocking the GTX 1080 with Precision XOC

We have reviewed the GTX 1080 with our full benchmark suite of 26 games this last Tuesday for BTR’s readers, and we have concluded that at stock settings, it is the fastest single-GPU video card in the world, beating the GTX 980 Ti, the TITAN X, and the Fury X by large margins.   Increases in bandwidth and power efficiency allow the GTX 1080 to run at really high clock speeds over 1733MHz at stock, while only using 180 watts of power.

In fact, our stock GTX 1080 is just about as fast as GTX 980 SLI!  After seeing what Jensen’s team accomplished at the GTX 1080 launch by achieving 2100MHz on the core, we were excited to see what stable overclock that we could get with our sample of the Founder’s Edition of the GTX 1080.

Unfortunately, originally we were only able to spend a few minutes overclocking our GTX 1080’s core by +190MHz and added +150MHz offset to its memory, and were able to give some very promising but preliminary reports of good stability and scaling.

Today, we will present our final stable overclock using EVGA’s latest non-public beta of Precision X16, or Precision XOC with our entire game benchmark suite of 26 games and 1 synthetic, and will give you a report on our adventure in overclocking the GTX 1080.  EVGA’s Precision XOC or Precision X 16 will be released to the public shortly, in less than 5 days and it features a scanner for a semi-automatic new way to set overclocks to fully unlock the new Pascal GPU’s Boost 3.0.


Let’s get right to the test configuration, to the driver release notes, and then to our overclocking method, and finally to the 26-game overclocked results.

  • Chad Olson

    Good article, thank you. I like the amount of detail included regarding how you did your overclock, given tool limitations. I will say, that I would have liked to see the minimum frame rates encountered, and even timeline graphs so we could see the frequency of any framerate dips.

    Otherwise, thanks again. Looking forward to your benchmarks of the 1070 when available. Not sure I’m ready to spend $900CAD on this card.

  • apoppin

    Thank-you. Actually minimum frame rates are generally posted on the charts for DX11 games. They are the smaller font numbers in italics next to the bold averages. Eventually, we will add FCAT testing and charts to our benches.