If you’ve been wondering where the 11Gbps updates to EVGA’s iCX GTX 1080 line have been kicking about: wonder no more. The company has today released updates to both the SC2 and FTW2 iCX products to include the 11Gbps framebuffer, with the SC2 priced at $569.99 USD, and the FTW2, $589.99.
As of the time of writing, the FTW2 card is sold out, which is hugely unfortunate because that extra $20 gets you quite a few worthwhile additions. For starters, the FTW2 includes a minor clock boost, RGB LEDs in lieu of standard white LED, sports dual 8-pin connectors for improved overclocking potential, and upgrades the power phase from 5+1 to 10+2. Oh – it also includes a second BIOS.
Interestingly, the FTW2 card, despite being sold out, was being sold at the same price as the SC2, meaning that those who managed to score the card quickly got a very good deal. This would also explain why that particular model is already sold out, while the SC2 appears to still be in stock.
As iCX-branded cards, both the SC2 and FTW2 GTX 1080 include a slew of temperature sensors (and multiple microcontroller units) placed around the card, asynchronous fan control, and complete control over the card with the use of EVGA’s Precision XOC software.
If you’re a regular GTX 1080 FTW2 or SC2 owner, you don’t need to feel too bad about this update, as EVGA is releasing a BIOS update for those cards that upgrades the memory to that alluring 11Gbps. Granted, the same boost can be applied through the Precision XOC tool, but some might prefer to have those clocks “burned-in”, so to speak, to their card. And really, if you’re not going to be overclocking anyway, it’s a great option.