GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card Review: Page 7 of 9

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Posted by Paul Malfy on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 8:00am

Gaming Results

Games

  • Battlefield 1
  • Crysis 3
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of Mordor
  • Thief
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • The Witcher 3

I tested the usual games I test, and I added a new title, Battlefield 1. Released in October 2016, Battlefield 1 has DX12 support and is a beautiful game. The rest of the games are a mix of older and newer titles, with no games older than 2013 and Crysis 3 being the oldest of the titles. However, Crysis is 3 still one of the most graphically demanding games on the market. Grand Theft Auto V didn’t hit PC until 2015 and has one of the most extensive graphics menus I’ve ever seen. Shadow of Mordor is a 2014 title, but still a very demanding game, especially when the 4k texture pack is installed. Thief is another 2014 title, but it’s still a beautiful and rather demanding game. I’ve replaced the Tomb Raider reboot with its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Also, the Witcher 3 and Watch Dogs 2 were also tested. They were benchmarked in 1080p, 1440p, 4k and with my recent purchase of an ultra-wide monitor, I started benchmarking games in 3440 x 1440p. All games were played at their max settings with 4x MSAA. Each benchmark run was timed at 120 seconds, ran 3 times each, and averaged out to get the overall results. I have also included a screenshot of the advanced graphics settings for GTA V.

Game Testing

There were 8 games tested. A mix of newer titles and a few older ones were run through our tests, but none older than 2013. They were tested in 1080p, 1440p, 3440 x 1440 and 4k. All games were played at their max settings. Each benchmark run was timed at 120 seconds, ran three times each, then averaged out to get our final results. The games are as listed.

  • Battlefield 1
  • Crysis 3
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of Mordor
  • Thief
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • The Witcher 3

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

Here is the screenshot from GTA V Advanced Graphics screen we promised.

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

This card is overkill at 1080p, even with one card. All games averaged over 60 FPS. All but 2 games, The Witcher 3 and Watch Dogs 2, averaged into the 80’s or 90’s. Watch Dogs 2 was the lowest on a single card with 64 FPS.

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

Watch Dogs 2 was also the lowest in SLI at 1080p with 93 fps.

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

In 1440p, the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti did great, especially with 2 cards. Watch Dogs 2, which is the most demanding game in my suite, averaged 46 FPS on max settings on a single card. However, in SLI, it averaged 97 FPS on the same settings. That is more than double the frames in SLI. However, that is only 4 FPS more than at 1080p.

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

The AORUS GTX 1080 Ti did very well on a single card on my ultrawide at 3440 x 1440p. In SLI, the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti dominated this resolution.

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition 11G Graphics Card

As the results show, SLI makes little to no difference, even in 4k, in Battlefield 1. However, in the Witcher 3, it almost doubled the FPS. The Witcher 3 went from 45 FPS on a single card, to 85 fps on 2.

I used games that tend to be more graphically demanding. For example, Crysis 3. Even though it was released in 2013, it is still to this day, one of the most graphically demanding games on the market. Not to mention, one of the most beautiful games and one of the most popular games to benchmark. Shadow of Mordor is also a gorgeous game. Especially with the 4k textures pack added, this game is still demanding. However, it’s beginning to show its age. Once the sequel is released, I’ll replace it in the suite of games I test. Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the most successful games ever. At launch on PC, it was one of the most well optimized games with a massive array of graphics options, including over 25 separate customizable graphics settings. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the very successful 2013 reboot of the franchise. Thief was yet another excellent reboot to a classic franchise. Thief is one of the most optimized games in my suite. It’s steampunk dystopian city is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever explored in a game. It’s beauty is only matched by how graphically demanding it is. It’s personally my favorite game that I test. The Witcher 3 is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played in and puts a beating on your GPU. Battlefield 1 is the newest game in the Battlefield franchise and looks amazing. Surprisingly, Watch Dogs 2 was the most demanding game I tested as well as one of the newest. These are the games that all my graphics cards will be benchmarked with and I’ll add more as I pick up any newer titles and swap out the older ones.

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