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Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Review

Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Review

Nvidia debuted its latest graphics range with the GTX 1080, but the market-leading firm had something else up its sleeve – the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

This new card is the beefiest Pascal-powered GPU we’ve seen, with the power to smash through 4K games and handle VR headsets.

This version comes from Asus and has ROG Strix branding, which means it’s been overclocked – but it also means it costs a hefty £810.


3,584 Stream Processors
1,594MHz Core Clock
11GB 352-bit GDDR5X
11,100MHz Memory Clock
PCI Express 3.0
DisplayPort Ready: 1.4
Max Supported Resolution: 7,680 x 4,320
1 x DVI, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

The GTX 1080 Ti has a mighty specification. We’ve not yet seen a card with 3,584 of Nvidia’s new stream processors, and they’re clocked to 1,480MHz – hardly slower than the GTX 1080, and still quicker than every GPU from the last generation.

The 1080 Ti’s maximum boost level of 1,645MHz is impressive, too, and they help the card deliver 11.7TFLOPS of power. That’s more than the 9.2TFLOPS of the standard GTX 1080 and far beyond the 5.6TFLOPS of last year’s GTX 980 Ti.

This new card also has Nvidia’s new memory. The first gener ation of GDDR5X RAM uses a far wider bus than traditional GDDR5 video memory, which means there’s far more bandwidth available despite the relatively modest speeds when compared to older chips. There’s 11GB of it on-board the GTX 1080 Ti, and it’s clocked to a rapid 11,000MHz.

The new card also wields the full might of the Pascal architecture. Nvidia’s newest design shrinks chips from 28nm to 16nm, which allows Nvidia to push more pixels while consuming less electricity and generating less heat. The architecture’s cores are organised into smaller groups, which fine-tunes task delegation, and features like Lens Matched Shading save on resources by being clever about rendering detail that the user won’t see.

Asus has taken Nvidia’s blueprint and given the GTX 1080 Ti its own boost. That core clock has been overclocked to 1,594MHz, which means the boost clock has risen to a huge 1,708MHz – the maximum possible speed when using this card’s OC mode. The memory hasn’t been left alone, either – it’s 100MHz quicker.

That’s not the only extra feature that Asus has loaded on to this card. The card’s plastic shroud is filled with RGB LEDs that can be configured with the Aura Sync tool, and that software can also hook up with Asus motherboards and your system’s case fans to co-ordinate lighting colours and patterns across an entire system.

This GPU’s high-end specifications mean it’s a seriously large bit of kit. It’s a 2.5-slot card, so it’s thicker than the average enthusiast GPU, and its heatsink offers 40% more surface area than older Asus graphics card.

It’s chilled by a trio of 100mm fans that can switch off if the graphics core is running below 55°C, and it’s powered by two eight-pin connectors – rather than the six- and eight-pin arrangement of the stock card. Smartly, the rear of the card also has two four-pin, PWM-equipped fan headers, which means a pair of case fans can be linked to the GPU temperature – so their speed and noise output can be regulated by the graphics card.

The back of the card serves up a single DVI connector alongside pairs of HDMI and DisplayPort sockets. They’re important, because it means the Asus card can be used to power VR headsets while also outputting to conventional monitors.

Test System Specifications

Intel Core i7-7700K
Asus STRIX Z270H Gaming motherboard
Samsung SM961 SSD
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3,200MHz DDR4
GeForce driver 381.65


The Asus-built GTX 1080 Ti is a beast. In 3D Mark’s demanding Fire Strike Ultra benchmark it scored 7,019, which is the best result we’ve ever seen – the quickest GTX 1080 cards we’ve tested score around 1,700 points fewer than the Strix. That’s important, because the Ultra test is designed for 4K.

The Asus card didn’t disappoint in 4K games tests. Its weakest average framerate came in Fallout 4 with that game’s Ultra settings deployed, and even then it returned a playable score of 35fps.

It was quicker in every other 3,840 x 2,160 benchmark. It broke through the 50fps barrier in Crysis 3, and it easily handled Battlefield 1, Dirt Rally and Shadow of Mordor at 71fps or faster.

They’re fantastic averages , and they’re bolstered by brilliant minimums: the GTX 1080 Ti regularly ran with minimum framerates of 50fps or beyond. That means that games will be smooth, and it also means you’ve got headroom for monitors with high refresh rates. That’s not the only high-end task that this card will handle – it’s easily powerful enough for 4K, widescreen and multi-monitor, too.

Unsurprisingly, this new Asus card battered benchmarks at lower resolutions. Its weakest minimum at 1440p was 58fps in Fallout 4, and it played four of those games at averages beyond 100fps. That figure rose to five games at 1080p – although you’ve bought the wrong card if you’re using a 1080 Ti to play games at such a low resolution.

The efficient architecture and huge Asus cooler meant that the GTX 1080 Ti produced huge performance levels without proving too hot. This sample peaked at a reasonable temperature of 62°C, which is absolutely fine – and it wasn’t noisy. Power consumption is a little higher, though – expect this GPU to consume 15W or 20W more than the average GTX 1080 Ti.


The latest Asus graphics card is a beast. It blitzed our games tests, even delivering butter-smooth gameplay at 4K, and that level of power means it’s up to every other gaming task, whether it’s a triple-screen rig or the latest VR headset.

Asus has worked well to make this GTX 1080 Ti its own, too. The overclock is one of the market’s biggest, the lighting looks good, and the cooling system is solid. The only concern here is the card’s sheer size, which means it may be tricky to fit inside some enclosures.

The price may make some balk, especially when a stock card costs more than £100 less, and the GTX 1080 Ti will be overkill for the vast majority of gamers. But if you’re after a card that delivers extra 4K performance while looking the part, there aren’t many better than this.

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