Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB OC Edition Video Card Review

A Closer Look

The Strix 1080 Ti looks much like any other current generation Strix card. However, this look is much different from Strix cards of previous generations. Gone is the black and red color scheme of the 980 Ti, instead the Strix 1080 Ti has a more neutral color scheme. With Asus going for a grayish black color, with white logos on each of the three fans on the Strix 1080 Ti. The center fan features the Asus logo and the end fans featuring the ROG eye logo. On the top and bottom of each fan, you find LED zones for the AURA RGB lighting on the front and back of the graphics card. The second RGB zone would be the large, ROG logo on the back plate of the card. The third and final RGB zone is the words “Republic of Gamers” on the side of the card.

Going down the side of the card, you’ll see the standard PCIe connection. You can also see how thick the Direct CU Cooler is. Running the entire length of the custom PCB, the heatsink is made up of 6 copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the cold plate.

The backplate has the Asus Strix logo nest to the SLI fingers and the ROG eye logo that is also RGB backlit.

The Strix 1080 Ti, or just the Strix cards in general doesn’t have your average port configuration.  IT’s “VR READY” configuration gives the card 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 x Displayport and a single DVI-D. This differs from other Pascal cards, where the common configuration consists of only one HDMI and 3 Displayport ports. I would have rather kept the third DisplayPort over the DVD-D. However, it is good to have a DVI-D port as well for legacy purposes.

The rear of the card has an RGB header for a RGB strip and 2 fan headers. Both the RGB lighting and fans can be controlled in sync with the fans and lighting of the card.

The Republic of Gamers logo on the side of the card is another RGB lighting zone.

The Asus Strix 1080 Ti requires 2 8-pin power connectors.

Along the top of the card, you see the SLI fingers. Although the card can technically support up to 4-way SLI, we all know that Nvidia is only giving driver support up to 2-way SLI. There are a few exceptions to this tough. There are a few synthetic benchmarks, such as 3DMARK, that allow 3 and 4-wqay SLI. Game developers do have the option to offer 3 and 4-way SLI support, but few, if any do.

A closer look at the front of the card reveals the RGB lighting around the fans. Patented wing-blade fans delivers maximum air flow and 105% greater static pressure over the heat sink, while operating at an up to 3X quieter volume than reference cards.

The Strix cooler is equipped with 3 0dB fans engineered with a patented wing-blade design. These fans stay idle until the card hits 55°c, keeping the card silent during light load situations. The Strix cooler delivers maximum air flow and improved 105% static pressure over the heat sink, while at the same time, operating 3X quieter than reference cards.

Asus FanConnect is another great feature of the Strix cards. In just about all systems, the case fans are controlled through the motherboard, and designed to help keep the system cool. However, the Strix 1080 Ti has 2, 4-pin fan headers, as well as an RGB header at the rear of the card. This allows you to have two case fans controlled by the GPU instead of the CPU. This way, you can optimize air flow to help keep the GPU cool.

The Strix 1080 Ti comes equipped with a backplate. This backplate looks great and doubles as one of the cards RGB lighting zones.  There are a series of 6 screws that hold the cooler to the PCB. To remove the back plate, you must first remove the cooler. Then, you must remove several tiny screws on the PBC to remove the back plate from the PCB. Unless you plan to install a waterblock, I see no reason to remove the cards backplate.

The new Strix cooler is a 2 ½ slot card, providing 40% more heat sink surface area for heat dissipation compared to previous 2-slot designs.

The Strix 1080 Ti is constructed using MaxContact Technology. This industry-first GPU cooling technology features an enhanced copper heat spreader that directly contacts the GPU. This allows the GPU to contact 2 times more surface area than traditional heat spreaders.

Here you can see the 6 massive heatpipes that make up the Strix heatsink.

The different heights of the heatsink ensure maximum surface contact for maximum heat dissipation.

The PCB has a die-cast cover that not only helps to reinforce the card, but also helps with heat dissipation.

The Strix 1080 Ti has a beefy 10+2 phase power delivery. Asus has used premium alloy components in their graphics cards. Their Super Alloy II Components increase the efficiency, reduce power loss and achieve thermal levels that are almost 50% cooler than previous generations of Strix cards. Some of the benefits of the Super Alloy II Components are quieter choke and 2.5 times the lifespan of the capacitors. The capacitors are rated at about 90,000 hours longer than normal capacitors. The DrMOS run about 20% cooler. The power delivery is overall designed to decrease temperatures and increase both overclocking performance and efficiency.

A close up of the GP102 GPU die.

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