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

Cooling & Noise

Cooling System & Backplate

What makes this solution special is its use of a "sandwich" system, which employs a cooling and stabilizing frame between the board surface and the actual heat sink. Again, it's unfortunate that Asus does not use a dedicated VRM sink built into the cooler to improve thermal performance.

Cooling Overview
Type
Air-cooling
Heat Sink
Nickel-plated heat sink, GPU only
Cooling Fins
Aluminum, horizontal orientation
Very narrow configuration
Heat Pipes
6x 6mm, nickel-plated
VRM Cooling
Via cooling frame
Only MOSFETs are cooled
RAM Cooling
Via mounting frame, and indirect cooling via heat sink
Fans
3x 9cm fan modules
8.6cm rotor diameter
11 rotor blades
Semi-passive regulation
Backplate
Aluminum, blackened
Does not aid cooling performance
Includes back-lit logo

The backplate is purely aesthetic. While it does sport a snazzy-looking ROG logo, it does nothing for cooling performance.

Asus' cooling and mounting frame absorbs heat produced by the memory modules and transfers it to the main sink through a layer of thermal pads. The voltage converters are also cooled by this frame; a thick pad facilitates contact with the cooling fins above them. Since those fins aren't angled by 90°, it is reasonable to assume that this solution was an afterthought. To stabilize the contact a bit better, the cooler is placed on a thick adhesive pad.

The heat sink is nickel-plated and very smooth. Six nickel-plated pipes made from a composite material cut through the sink and help dissipate the GPU's waste heat evenly through a pair of fin arrays. Bends in some of the pipes turn out to be relatively large. This, coupled with the small-diameter pipes, helps improve cooling performance.

Fan Speeds And Noise

The fan curves indicate a conservative, volume-optimized setup. There's a bit of jittery hysteresis as the fans spin up. However, the number of starting impulses is acceptable without becoming particularly annoying.

The measurements from our stress test aren't much different. A slight dip in power consumption correlates with lower RPM.

Fan Speed And Noise Output
Fan Speed (Open Test Bench, Maximum)1715 RPM
Fan Speed (Open Test Bench, Average)1702 RPM
Fan Speed (Closed Case, Maximum)1884 RPM
Fan Speed (Closed Case, Average)1874 RPM
Noise (Air Cooling, Maximum)39.0 dB(A)
Noise (Air Cooling, Average)38.8 dB(A)
Noise ( Air Cooling, Idle)0 dB(A)
Acoustic CharacteristicsAlmost no low-frequency bearing noise
Very audible motor noise < 1 Hz
Discernible oscillations due to slightly different fan speeds
Hardly any coil buzzing noise
Audible air/tearing noises

This snapshot illustrates the entire frequency range of our laboratory measurements, adding some data to our subjective observations.

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  • jasonbgreen83
    I'm DISGUSTED that this $750 video card has jumped to $1200 in the last few days just as I was getting the money saved up to add one to my build. I refuse to be a victim of this price gouging greed. I'm sick of these companies pulling this limited stock crap to raise the prices to insane levels. Same thing with Intel and the 8700k. It's DISGUSTING
  • dstarr3
    2573259 said:
    I'm DISGUSTED that this $750 video card has jumped to $1200 in the last few days just as I was getting the money saved up to add one to my build. I refuse to be a victim of this price gouging greed. I'm sick of these companies pulling this limited stock crap to raise the prices to insane levels. Same thing with Intel and the 8700k. It's DISGUSTING


    If you click the Newegg link it shows a price of $799. I don't know why Tom's is reporting a $1,200 price tag.
  • jasonbgreen83
    I'm disgusted that this $750 video card has jumped to $1200 dollars in the last few days just as I got the money up to add one to my build. I refuse to be a victim of this price gouging greed. These companies are ridiculous with this limiting third stock crap just to raise the prices. Same thing with the Intel 8700k.
  • derekullo
    2573259 said:
    I'm DISGUSTED that this $750 video card has jumped to $1200 in the last few days just as I was getting the money saved up to add one to my build. I refuse to be a victim of this price gouging greed. I'm sick of these companies pulling this limited stock crap to raise the prices to insane levels. Same thing with Intel and the 8700k. It's DISGUSTING


    I see the confusion.

    There are 4 versions of the card.

    ASUS ROG Poseidon
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814126202
    $859

    ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Ti DirectX 12 STRIX - Not Overclocked
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814126187
    $759

    ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Ti DirectX 12 STRIX - Overclocked
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814126186
    $1199

    ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti DirectX 12 - Blower-cooled design
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=9SIA0AJ6E80374
    $1299

    You can still buy the card for $759 as long as you don't go for the water cooled, overclocked or rear exhaust models.

    Less complaining, More research
  • jasonbgreen83
    I've had this exact card on my part list on PC partpicker for the last 5 months or so. Been saving up for it. It has been 750-800 for the OC version. In the last 48 hours that has jumped up to over a grand. For the exact same card. I know there are slower ones available, this exact card has jumped up. Now I have to wait for it to come back down.
  • The_King
    Why include a Fury X which is alreay EOL, but not the Vega 56 and 64 in your benchmarks ?
  • davidgirgis
    I own this card.

    I have used this card for games daily since it came out last April. It is as fast as Tom's Hardware says it is.

    Check out my build:
    https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NTCbt6


    In August, the card started freezing immediately after I launched Dragon Age: Inquisition or The Division. Asus RMA'ed the card, and the new card works even better.
    It is now running 1708 MHz GPU and 11100 MHz VRAM at 120% power target, with a slightly more aggressive fan curve than default. GPU boost does the rest auto-magically.
  • a.p.martinez765
    WTF 1200 bucks?? Ok this has to stop the PC community cannot afford to pay over a thousand dollars every time a new GPU comes out....
  • dark_wizzie
    What is a PCA?
  • davidgirgis
    145243 said:
    What is a PCA?


    A PCB (Printed circuit board) populated with electronic components is called a printed circuit assembly (PCA), printed circuit board assembly or PCB assembly (PCBA)

    Credit: Wikipedia
  • phobicsq
    Crazy that reviews for the ti are still coming out. Really stupid how much more the overclocked cards are. Though not as bad as the ads on this site.
  • FormatC
    156919 said:
    Why include a Fury X which is alreay EOL, but not the Vega 56 and 64 in your benchmarks ?


    Because I compared 14 different 1080 Ti cards under the same conditions with a frozen system to see the differences between all this samples. It is not my fault, that AMD hold back the Vega a whole year... :)

    BTW:
    Just waiting for a shipment from Asia, hanging in a German customs office. The reason is funny, because this stupid nitpickers are not able to google the price for this cards to pay tax. They not belive the total amount in the invoice, But how to google a price for cards that are not on the market yet? :D

    One of them is a custom Vega, small series sample direct from the factory - mass production is waiting for AMD ;)
  • davidgirgis
    482859 said:
    156919 said:
    Why include a Fury X which is alreay EOL, but not the Vega 56 and 64 in your benchmarks ?
    Because I compared 14 different 1080 Ti cards under the same conditions with a frozen system to see the differences between all this samples. It is not my fault, that AMD hold back the Vega a whole year... :)


    sie sind verfluchte hunde

    Credit: Ridley Scott
  • jeffreydanielbyers
    For VEGA 56/64 use another site like TECHPOWERUP to see comparisons in general. You can still easily extrapolate the relative performance, though chances are if looking at a GTX1080Ti review of multiple 1080Ti's you care which one of those is best, not VEGA.
  • DouglasThurman
    I might be picking nits here but is it so hard to click the button for verifying the PCI Express connection? I mean the GPU-Z screenshot shows the card at 8x and 1.1 PCIE. Just saying.
  • FormatC
    108006 said:
    I might be picking nits here but is it so hard to click the button for verifying the PCI Express connection? I mean the GPU-Z screenshot shows the card at 8x and 1.1 PCIE. Just saying.
    Good point, but at the end a GPU-Z issue (especially in idle). I'm sure, that I've not tested this card with an old mainboard from 2006 and a NV610 chipset :D
  • davidgirgis
    108006 said:
    I might be picking nits here but is it so hard to click the button for verifying the PCI Express connection? I mean the GPU-Z screenshot shows the card at 8x and 1.1 PCIE. Just saying.


    ihr seid verfluchte hunde.

    Credit: Ridley Scott
  • ddferrari
    2573259 said:
    I've had this exact card on my part list on PC partpicker for the last 5 months or so. Been saving up for it. It has been 750-800 for the OC version. In the last 48 hours that has jumped up to over a grand. For the exact same card. I know there are slower ones available, this exact card has jumped up. Now I have to wait for it to come back down.

    No, you don't "have to" wait. Look at another Asus model or another brand. I went with the Gigabyte Aorus 1080 Ti Xtreme and it has a few advantages over this card.
    Higher factory clockspeeds (OC mode):
    Core clock 1632 vs 1569
    Boost 1746 vs 1683
    Memory 1404 vs 1376
    Bandwidth 516.4 vs 484.4

    Longer warranty (with registration- takes 5 minutes)
    4 years vs 3

    No complaints about fan noise

    This Asus isn't the only 1080 Ti on the planet. In fact, it's really nothing special. The Xtreme is currently $799- well worth a little extra for an additional year of warranty, quieter fans and slightly faster performance.
  • Kungpaoshizzi
    After having bought multiple oc'd cards over the years, the prices are getting stupid. And the simple truth? Is 200-300$ worth an extra 10 fps?
  • rguermas
    Great Specs