Buildzoid of “Actually Hardcore Overclocking” joined us to discuss the new EVGA GTX 1080 FTW PCB, as found on the Hybrid that we reviewed days ago. The PCB analysis goes into the power staging, and spends a few minutes explaining the 10-phase VRM, which is really a doubled 5-phase VRM. Amperage supported by the VRM and demanded by the GPU are also discussed, for folks curious about the power delivery capabilities of the FTW PCB, and so is the memory power staging.
If you're curious about the thermal solution of the EVGA FTW Hybrid, check out the review (page 1 & 3) for that. EVGA is somewhat uniquely cooling the VRAM by sinking it to a copper plate, then attaching that to the CLC coldplate. We say “somewhat” because Gigabyte also does this, and we hope to look at their unit soon.
The PCB analysis can be found above. This particular content is only in video form, this time, as it's a little more in-depth and requires some drawings to convey the information. We'll also be at PAX West all weekend, so be sure to check back (starting today) for gaming & hardware content emerging from the show.
Editor: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
Analyst: Buildzoid of AHOC.