We Found Another Power Header Point on the GTX 1080, Likely for OC

By Published May 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm

In the process of tearing apart the new nVidia GTX 1080 video card, we discovered solder points for an additional 8-pin power header positioned at a 90-degree corner to the original 6-pin header. This is shown in our tear-down video (embedded at the bottom of this post), but we've got a photo above, too.

The header will almost certainly be used by board partners for custom editions of the GTX 1080. Should AIB partners wish to build a GTX 1080 using the reference PCB, but with an additional power header (6- or 8-pin, from the looks of it), it'd seem that nVidia has already made that allowance on its reference board. This would be useful in overclocking scenarios where power becomes the limiter – something we suspect to be one of two OC throttles for the GTX 1080. The other suspicion is thermals – but we're testing that today.

Regardless, the header mounts at a 90-degree corner to the reference FE board. We've emailed a few AIBs to ask them if they intend on using this header anytime soon and will update if we hear back.

View the tear-down here, or just check the article for photos.

Update: Spoke to some manufacturers. Sounds like it is because the same board will be used for professional series cards (e.g. Quadro), and those cards will run beefier power configurations. AIB partners have told us that they're running their own board designs as the reference design may not survive an additional 8-pin header (could damage the VRM).

Editorial: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke

Last modified on May 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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