Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Being a 1080 Ti, we knew this card would do well. The question is: did it do well enough to justify its purchase over a Founders Edition or another board partner card? The short answer is yes, 100%. The AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition ran cooler than the Founders Edition by about 3°C. That may not sound like much, but it’s cooler nonetheless. The AORUS GTX 1080 Ti also runs relatively quiet. The card idled around 30 decibels and, under load, never went over 45 decibels.
The performance of this card was stellar, especially in SLI. Even in 4k, all the games tested stayed over 30 FPS on their max settings, some even over 60 FPS. In SLI, the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti absolutely dominated, even in 4k. It did show me that at lower resolutions like 1080p, this card in SLI gives little to no performance increase. However, in 4k, SLI almost doubled the frame rate in the Witcher 3 going from 45 FPS to 85 FPS in SLI and that is impressive to say the least. The core maxed out at 2025 MHz. For a 1080 Ti, that’s more on the higher-end for clock speeds. Most of the 1080 Ti cards I’ve tested sat around 2000 MHZ.
The RGB factor also adds to this card’s worth over the Founders Edition. The RGB lighting on the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti is subtle and looks great, especially when synced with an AORUS motherboard, a second card, and a High Bandwidth SLI Bridge. All the features and aesthetics of the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME EDITION add up to one amazing card well worth its asking price. At the time of writing this review, you can get the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition on Newegg for only $749.99. That’s only $50 more than the Founders Edition, and it comes with a digital copy of Destiny 2 for PC (for a limited time only). However, if you want to save a few bucks, and give up a bit of RGB lighting, you can pick up the Standard AORUS GTX 1080 Ti, also on Newegg, for only $719.99. That’s only $20 more than the Founders Edition, and it too comes with a digital copy of Destiny 2. The performance and pricing of the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti has won it the Proclockers “Elite Hardware Award.” Whether it’s the Standard or the XTREME Edition, you just can’t go wrong with the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti from GIGABYTE.