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ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX Gaming 8GB GDDR5X Graphics Card

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Overview

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX chipset pushes the base clock speed to 1607MHz and a 1733MHz boost speed
  • 8GB of GDDR5X video memory (VRAM) running at 10Gbps, which provides incredible gaming performance
  • Limited to two units per customer

Product overview

• NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX chipset pushes the base clock speed to 1607MHz and a 1733MHz boost speed
• 8GB of GDDR5X video memory (VRAM) running at 10Gbps, which provides incredible gaming performance
• Limited to two units per customer
• Connect a range of monitors to the graphics card with two DisplayPort, a DVI-D and two HDMI ports
• Supports up to four monitors for an immersive gaming experience, with a maximum resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels on each, 8K (UHD) supported
• Supports NVIDIA’s SLI HB Bridge for a two-way SLI solution that delivers silky-smooth gameplay
• Full-sized card that takes up two expansion case slots – check your case and motherboard dimensions first
• ASUS DirectCU III cooling features three triple wing-blade 0dB fans which deliver maximum air flow
• Three year manufacturer warranty
• Manufacturer part number: STRIX-GTX1080-8G-GAMING / 90YV09M1-M0NM00

Special Features
• Virtual reality (VR) ready so you can enjoy a fascinating 360-degree gaming experience
• NVIDIA G-SYNC allows the card to synchronise with G-SYNC ready monitors to minimise display stutter and input lag
• Includes GPU Tweak II software which allows you to adjust clock speeds, voltages, fans speeds and more
• Aura RGB lighting adds a great visual effect, letting you control the coloured strips on your graphics card

NVIDIA’s new flagship GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card is the most advanced gaming graphics card ever created. Discover unprecedented performance, power efficiency, and gaming experiences—driven by the new NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture. This is the ultimate gaming platform. #GameReady.

What can I expect from this graphics card?
Experience a quantum leap in gaming with this GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX graphics card, which is powered by NVIDIA’s new Pascal architecture. The world’s most advanced GPU architecture delivers game-changing performance, innovative technologies and immersive, next generation virtual reality (VR). The card is designed for the PCI Express 3.0 bus architecture, which is also backwards compatible. The GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX comes with ultra-fast FinFET and high-bandwidth GDDR5X technologies. This, combined with support for DirectX 12 features, gives you the fastest, smoothest, most power-efficient gaming experience – up to twice the performance and three times the efficiency compared to the Titan X.

The card is able to accommodate the latest displays, including VR, ultra-high-resolution and multiple monitors, through the power of the new Pascal architecture. It is plug-and-play compatible with leading VR headsets driven by NVIDIA VRWorks technologies – so you’ll be able to hear and feel every movement, with VRWorks Audio, physics and haptics working together to deliver a truly immersive gaming experience. NVIDIA GameWorks technologies provide smooth gameplay and cinematic experiences and through NVIDIA Ansel you are able to capture 360-degree in-game shots, even in VR. Perfected for gaming now and in the future, the card also supports Vulkan API and OpenGL 4.5.

What is the performance like on this card?
An impressive 8GB of GDDR5X VRAM running at 10Gbps and GPU at 1607MHz base clock speed, 1733MHz boost, provides astonishing graphics-rendering performance, so you can enjoy the latest games with settings maxed out. NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0 is embedded into the GTX 1080 STRIX, which dynamically maximises clock speeds based on workloads and allows enthusiast-class controls such as temperature target and fan controls. The card also supports NVIDIA’s new SLI HB bridge which doubles the available transfer bandwidth compared to the NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, delivering silky-smooth gameplay and the ultimate performance. With these features, this card offers the best way to enjoy surround gaming.

How can I connect to this graphics card?
A number of displays can be connected to this graphics card, with two Display Ports, dual-link DVI-D and two HDMI ports provided. You’ll be able to future proof yourself for higher resolution monitors in development, with support for up to 7680 x 4320 pixels through DisplayPort. Up to four monitors can be used at the same time, and with simultaneous multi-projection you can game without experiencing stretched viewpoints. This will improve performance in VR and improve display accuracy when using NVIDIA Surround.

NVIDIA G-SYNC provides a stunning visual experience, and with a compatible monitor you can minimise display shutter and input lag. NVIDIA GameStream lets you stream GeForce GTX gaming experience to portable devices like the NVIDIA Shield.

How well can I overclock this card and is software included?
ASUS has equipped the card with various features to ensure it is well cooled and has excellent overclocking potential. The DirectCU III cooling system ensures that your card will be 30% cooler. The GTX 1080 STRIX is also equipped with two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that can be connected to system fans for targeted cooling. This is to ensure that chassis fans respond to the heat of the GPU and apply cooling when needed.

The included GPU Tweak II software allows you to adjust clock speeds, voltages, fan speed and more. Depending on your level of experience with tuning graphics cards, you can also choose between standard or advanced modes. The program’s integration with XSplit Gamecaster means you can easily stream or record your gameplay through an in-game overlay, and a one year premium licence is provided.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overclocker, don't fall for the factory OCd one! Bought this card as the factory OCd one (more expensive) wasn't in stock and i was worried it wouldnt match the clock speeds.... Well it exceeds the factory OCd version sitting at 2ghz stable with no problems and no voltage adjustment. Dont be afraid of getting this card for cheaper and over clocking it, there's nothing to it!
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible card with amazing temperatures! ~ Had to change the stock thermal paste though When I first got the card the temps weren't too great and this was due to either bad thermal compound or badly applied thermal compound. Either way, I changed it out for some MX4 and the temps went from 84'c down to 69'c in Battlefield 4. It's an easy process to do and only takes 10 minutes and a screw driver but hey ho. Because it was easy to do and I enjoy looking at what's inside a card, I didn't think it necessary to take off one star but you can if you wish, mentally. It's probably a one-off thing anyway. That aside, the performance of this card is great, especially when overclocked. I got it to 2122MHz stable with no memory OC but the best OC to have is 2100MHz (it will fluctuate between 2050 and 2100) and 400MHz added to the memory. With this overclock I've been doing a modded playthrough of GTA 5 maxed out (2x MSAA) at 110fps, 1440p while only dropping to about 90fps in the grassy regions. Battlefield gets an average of 160-220fps, 1440p maxed out with no AA and the Witcher 3 gets 80-90fps maxed with no hairworks or AA. This card is incredibly powerful.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The coolest, fastest and quietest consumer GPU in the world! There's a lot of stigma surrounding the GTX 1080 Strix and Asus' pumped up review samples. I bought the card hoping that wasn't true and in this review I will go over these concerns and whether the extra cash is worth it over the Founders Edition. But first with this rumour. Whether it's true or not that reviewers got beefier cards, this GPU still runs incredibly cool, incredibly quiet and incredibly fast. You will notice that my review is 4 stars and not 5 and that is because when I first got the card, temperatures were higher than anticipated. The card reached upwards of 84'c! Just 3'c lower than the Founders edition. The clock speed only boosted up to 1830MHz, over 100MHz lower than the advertised 1936MHz boost. And so, I opened up the card and replaced the thermal compound on the inside and screwed back on the cooler (very easy process to do) and looked at the temps and holy smokes, were they good! 40'c idle with fans at 0% so silent operation and then I load up rise of the tomb raider and the card fans kick up to 40% and the temperature rises to a chilly 67'c! And the boost clock rose to around 1950MHz! After about an hour or two of playing, the card will see a max of 69'c/71'c depending on the game and the settings. The cooler is completely inaudible and this card has made my PC incredibly silent. There's also no coil whine, which is an added benefit. When the fans kick up anywhere above 75% speed, they do get quite loud. But this is the case with all fans on GPUs. So what about overclocking? After being very happy with the temps, I opened up MSI afterburner (prefer it to the Asus one but it looks intuitive) and put +200MHz on the core and 300MHz on the memory and set the power limit to 120% and the temp target to 92'c. Opened up Rise of the Tomb Raider and the card went straight up to 2050MHz and didn't move an inch for the next 3 hours of my play through at which point it dropped to 2036MHz which gave no perceivable performance impact at all but compared to any other GTX 1080 which drops below the advertised boost clock after 20 minutes, this is very good news! I reckon I could push it harder if I tried although I don't imagine to get much over 2100MHz, if at all. Memory could have an extra 500MHz on it to be 11'000MHz effective. This card, with the help of that extra 6 pin power plug an the nice 8+2 power phase, performs well when it comes to overclocking. But how does it perform? Rise of the Tomb Raider gives impressive performance of about 74fps minimum at 1440p almost everything maxed apart from AA (SMAA + PureHair on + AO on + All ultra) and about 110fps (same settings) in the tombs. In The Witcher 3 everything maxed out apart from hairworks which is off, the card yields about 90fps at 1440p with lows of 81fps and an absolute minimum of 68fps. This was during the last fight at Kaer Morhen which is the most intensive part of the game with loads of high detail models dense foliage and a LOT of effects were on screen at once, when the big explosion first occurs. Goes up to around 80-85 after that. This was strange as my Founders card only managed 60fps, sometimes 70 at most. In Battlefield 4 the fps is superb hitting 160fps at 1440p maxed out with 2x MSAA. This was on a 64 man server operation locker with many explosions going off and bullets whizzing everywhere, as Battlefield players are familiar with. The bottom line is, performance on this card is simply put, insane. There are a lot of games, even at 4K, that run above 60fps maxed out. And yes, aesthetically it's a beautiful card! The cooler design of the Asus Strix is gorgeous. The brushed aluminium black backplate not only gives the card a sleek and sexy appeal but adds for functionality, too, as it removes any sag from the card which is weird because it's a fairly heavy card and I don't even have reinforced PCIE slots (running the Asus Sabertooth X99). The backplate also features an RGB ROG logo which can change colours and also effects, such as breathing, static etc etc. The card has underglow lighting aswell which is more apparent in a black case than a white case and I do wish these LEDs were brighter, that's a nit pick of mine. The side "Republic of Gamers" logo is also RGB and I wish this was bigger but I don't know how they'd have managed it as it's only a 2 slot cooler (which is why I'm so surprised at it's performance!). The card is, thank fully, colour neutral so people like me, who are crazy about colour co-ordination in a build, can enjoy and revel in all it's beautiful RGB goodness without mixing up the colour scheme in your PC. This is a card you can really show off. Now let's summarise! In conclusion this card is definitely worth the upgrade over the GTX 980Ti and even, laughably, the GTX 1080 Founders Edition. There's a lot of performance that the Founders card just cannot take advantage of due to the poor cooler and overclock-ability. This card unlocks that performance and makes sure it doesn't move an inch! If I had the temperatures I do now without having to replace the thermal compound then this would've gotten 5 stars but due to my rotten luck, I guess I got a dodgy dab of thermal paste. Or maybe Asus' solution isn't the best but I can't let it go unnoticed. 5 stars for the card, 4 stars for the experience!
Date published: 2016-07-16
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Specification

Connectivity

Bus Standard:

PCI Express 3.0

Number Of DVI Outputs:

1

Number Of Display Port Outputs:

2

Max Number Of Displays Supported:

4

Number Of Filled Slots:

2

Number Of HDMI Outputs:

2

General

Type:

Graphics Card

Graphics Engine:

NVIDIA GTX 1080 ROG STRIX

Image Specifications

Video Memory Type:

GDDR5X

Video Memory Capacity:

8192MB

HDMI Standard:

v2.0b

Maximum Resolution:

7680 x 4320 @ 60 Hz (digital)

Virtual Reality Ready:

Yes

Power Specifications

Minimum Power Supply:

300W

Technical Specifications

Engine Clock Base:

1607MHz

Engine Clock Boost:

1733MHz

Memory Clock Speed:

10MHz

Memory Bus:

256bit/s

Warranty

Warranty:

3

Dimensions & Weight

Width:

298mm

Depth:

134mm

Height:

40mm

System Requirements & Software

Software:

ASUS GPU Tweak II & Driver

DirectX Version Support:

12

OpenGL Version Support:

4.5

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