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GTX 1080 ti with 3 fans or 1 fan?? Which one is better and does it actually make any difference cooling-wise?

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Answer #1 | 12/03 2017 01:35
The 3 fan coolers like the EVGA FTW3, Zotac Amp Extreme, Asus Strix, etc are usually 10c-15c cooler under load when compared to the Founder's Edition model. But keep in mind these are estimates based off the Regular GTX 1080 and these numbers may not be the same as the upcoming GTX 1080 ti versions. Both Founders Edition versions of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080ti are near 85c while gaming. The 2 fan MSI Gaming X is usually pretty good as well. The Founders Edition is fine unless you want to overclock the card. Again, the FE seems to throttle back at high clock speeds. It's not just the 3 fans vs. the turbine cooler. These more expensive cards have more power phases than the Founder's Edition model or cheaper models, a beefed up PCB, and they can pull in 75w more than the FE model because the higher-end models will have 2x 8-pin PCI-E power connectors. You'd have to wait for the reviews to come out in order to know which one is the best. Unless a company f*cks up a card, like EVGA did with the FTW models that have the ACX 3.0 cooler, it's like comparing Apples to Oranges. Also, a lot of this depends on the quality of the GPU. If you won the silicon lottery and got a GPU chip with low voltage leakage, then the chip will run cooler and can overclock higher.
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Answer #2 | 11/03 2017 05:44
Might make a large difference if you overclock or do heavy graphics. As to which is better depends on the heatsinks or pipes, the air flow inside the PC box, size and efficiency of the fan(s). An alternative is a water cooling block and radiator/pump.
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Answer #3 | 11/03 2017 22:42
Likely yes the 3 fan will be better at cooling but that would not be my first reason for choosing between them. Counter to what it seems, the more fans the quieter the thing will be. 3 fans at slower rotation could compare to a single fan ramping up to sound like a hair dryer. Overall either will be 'safe' as designed by the manufacturer unless you intend on overclocking then it becomes more of a question. It's abstract but there is also life to consider - if you don't get into overclocking but a 3 fan model would still keep it running cooler you could see a longer life from the card over some years. I've been building and repairing computers for a long time and with higher end GPU's such as the one you are looking at I wouldn't even consider a single fan model with a discount. My overclocked card has two built in fans with a decent heatpipe design, plus a case fan aimed right at it and it could still benefit from double the amount of cooling it gets.
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