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

Our Verdict

In the end, Asus earns a purchase recommendation for its factory-overclocked performance, quiet thermal solution, moderate weight, and reasonable price. The sub-optimal VRM cooling could be improved, but you shouldn't encounter any show-stopping issues as a result of the hot-spots. We also like that Asus enables this board's strengths without adding a ton of heft. Some of the company's competitors need much bigger sinks to achieve similar performance.

For

  • Moderate power target
  • Relatively light weight
  • Hardly any coil whine
  • External fan connectors
  • RGB output for LEDs

Against

  • More expensive than competing GeForce GTX 1080 Tis
  • Oscillating fan noise
  • VRM cooling not optimal

Features & Specifications

If you read our ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Platinum Edition Review, then you're already familiar with the board at the heart of Asus' ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB OC Edition. The only differences between them are slight modifications to the capacitor configuration.

The Strix cooler sitting on top of that PCA features a lot more surface area though, since it doesn't need to worry about facilitating hybrid air/liquid-cooling. This is a more purpose-built design. And while its default clock rates aren't as high, the Strix card's price tag is lower than what you'll pay for an ROG Poseidon.

Apparently, DirectCU is old news. The slide below is an exploded view of Asus' thermal solution. It's rife with marketing buzzwords, but does a good job of illustrating how the card is put together.

Since the actual performance of any third-party card depends on the GPU Boost frequency it can sustain, and thus on cooling, power limits, and processor quality, any review that relies on bar charts is little more than a snapshot of a single specimen. That's why we're putting our emphasis on the actual implementation of each model. To that end, a lot of equipment goes into thoroughly documenting a graphics card's behaviors. If you'd like a peek at what goes into such an evaluation, check out our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Review. It makes for a good baseline on which Asus builds.

Unboxing, Dimensions & Interfaces

The bundled extras are limited: you get a software DVD, a manual, and an eight-pin adapter. But of course, it's the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti inside that gamers are really after...

Exterior

Asus does take care to make a good first impression. Still, the matte front cover is made of simple graphite-colored plastic. It's attractive enough, but probably won't turn any heads. The only highlights are the RGB lighting effects on the top and back.

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The backplate is an aesthetic add-on, which is to say it doesn't improve this card's thermal performance. A back-lit ROG logo does add a bit of visual flair back there, though.

Both of this card's eight-pin power connectors are rotated 180° to keep them from interfering with the heat sink. And a logo up top is back-lit as well. Its color can be customized using Asus' bundled software.

Vertically-oriented cooling fins guide heated air down towards your motherboard and out, likely at the side wall of your case.

Display outputs include two DP 1.4-ready connectors, a pair of HDMI interfaces (good for VR HMDs), and a dual-link DVI output. Any four of those can be used simultaneously in multi-monitor configurations.

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Specifications

A GPU-Z screenshot provides the most pertinent technical information, even if the GPU Boost values we observed were much higher than Asus' official specifications.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FEAsus ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC EditionNvidia GeForce GTX 1080 FENvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti
GPUGP102GP102GP104GM200
CUDA Cores3584358425602816
Base Frequency1480 MHz1569 MHz1607 MHz1000 MHz
Boost Frequency1582 MHz+1683 MHz1733 MHz+1076 MHz+
Memory Size & Type11GB GDDR5X11GB GDDR5X8GB GDDR5X6GB GDDR5
Die Size471 mm²471 mm²314 mm²601 mm²
Process Technology16nm16nm16nm28nm
Transistors12 billion12 billion7.2 billion8 billion
Streaming Multiprocessors (SM)28282022
GFLOPS (Base Frequency)10,60911,24782285632
Texture Units224224160176
Texture Fill Rate331.5 GT/s351.5 GT/s257.1 GT/s214 GT/s
ROPs88886496
Pixel Fill Rate130.24 GPix/s138.1 GPix/s114.2 GPix/s116.7 GPix/s
Memory Data Rate11 Gb/s11 Gb/s10 Gb/s7 Gb/s
Memory Bus352-bit352-bit256-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth484.4 GB/s484.4 GB/s320 GB/s336 GB/s
L2-Cache2816KB2816KB2MB3MB
TDP250W275W (PT)180W250W

Test system and measurement methods

We explained our test system and methodology in How We Test Graphics Cards. If you want to learn more about the procedures we're using in today's review, have a look at that story. In the time since it was published, we also upgraded our CPU and cooling system to rule out any possible host processing bottlenecks.

A short summary in table-form to provide a quick overview:

Test systems and measuring rooms
SystemIntel Core i7-6900K @ 4.3 GHzMSI X99S XPower Gaming TitaniumCorsair Vengeance DDR4-32001x 1TB Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)2x 960GB Toshiba OCZ TR150 (Storage, Images)be quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850W PSUWindows 10 Pro (All Updates)
CoolingAlphacool Eisblock XPXAlphacool Eiszeit 2000 Chiller2x be quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Case Simulation)Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (Used when Switching Coolers)
CaseLian Li PC-T70 with Extension Kit and ModsConfigurations: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
MonitorEizo EV3237-BK
Power IntakeContact-free DC Measurement at PCIe Slot (Using a Riser Card)Contact-free DC Measurement at External Auxiliary Power Supply CableDirect Voltage Measurement at Power Supply2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500MHz Digital Multi-Channel Oscilloscope with Storage Function4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50 Current Probe (1mA - 30A, 100kHz, DC)4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355 (10:1 Probes, 500MHz)1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012 Digital Multimeter with Storage Function
Thermography1x Optris PI640 80Hz Infrared Camera + PI ConnectReal-Time Infrared Monitoring and Recording
AcousticsNTI Audio M2211 (with Calibration File, Low Cut at 50Hz)Steinberg UR12 (with Phantom Power for Microphones)Creative X7, Smaart v.7Custom-Made Proprietary Measurement Chamber, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2m (L x D x H)Perpendicular to Center of Noise Source(s), Measurement Distance of 50cmNoise Level in dB(A) (Slow), Real-time Frequency Analyzer (RTA)Graphical Frequency Spectrum of Noise


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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
    Reply
  • dstarr3
    20278033 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.
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • derekullo
    20278033 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
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  • 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.
    Reply
  • The_King
    Why include a Fury X which is alreay EOL, but not the Vega 56 and 64 in your benchmarks ?
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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....
    Reply
  • dark_wizzie
    What is a PCA?
    Reply
  • davidgirgis
    20278838 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
    Reply