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Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11GB Review

Rating: 9.0.

Nvidia’s GTX Titan Xp aside the fastest single GPU graphics card of the moment aimed at gamers and PC enthusiasts is the GTX 1080 Ti. Not content with the default performance Gigabyte, using it’s burgeoning Aorus brand, has given the GTX 1080 Ti an “Xtreme Edition” makeover.

The Aorus branding of select Gigabyte graphics cards is a new strategy for 2017 with Gigabyte seeking to develop a prestige brand to better compete with rivals. Presumably, the objective is to cultivate a brand following, loyalty and reputation for excellence similar to the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand under ASUS.

Irrespective of Gigabyte’s strategy and intentions, what Aorus has delivered can only be described as a halo graphics card product. Aorus has opted for one of the most aggressive overclocks on the market for a GTX 1080 Ti at 1607 MHz base clock, up from 1480 MHz on the stock Nvidia model, as well as an overclock to the memory.

Unfortunately for Aorus it has been narrowly beaten to the title of fastest GTX 1080 Ti on sale by Zotac, it’s GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition ships at 1645 MHz base clock, 1759 MHz boost clock, from the factory.

Aorus claws some of that frequency back with a special OC mode that can only be enabled by installing the Aorus OC utility. This increases the core frequency to 1632 (1746) MHz and 11448 MHz for the memory. It’s not all about clock speeds though as the Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition has other tricks up its sleeves.

The first of those is bringing back the triple slot and triple fan cooler which is big and brash, but surprisingly effective as we’ll see later on. Gigabyte has also embellished the card with a 12 + 2 phase VRM, RGB lighting in multiple locations across the card, a semi-passive fan mode, a special VR HDMI port and Aorus is now using a fully automated PCB assembly process which gives a better overall construction quality. Readers may already be familiar with the ASUS take on this technology which it dubs Auto Extreme.

GPU Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition  Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Gigabyte GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC 
Base Clock
 1480 MHz 1607 (1632) MHz  1569 (1594) MHz  1518 (1544) MHz
GPU Boost Clock  1582 MHz  1721 (1746) MHz  1683 (1708) MHz 1632 (1657) MHz
Memory Clock Effective
11010 MHz 11232 (11448) MHz  11010 MHz  11010 MHz
Memory Bandwidth  484 GB/s  494.2 (503.7) GB/s 484 GB/s 484 GB/s
Price (£)  from £700, $700  £810-860, $750  £760-800, $720 £740~760, $700

With a price tag about 10 to 15% higher than an entry level GTX 1080 Ti, the Gigabyte Aorus version locks horns with the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti that KitGuru recently tested. In terms of price, clock speeds, build quality and overall features the two graphics cards are very similar indeed.

We tested the Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition in the out-of-the-box gaming mode, not OC mode.

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  • Gary

    I was struggling to see the difference in paying £50 more for the extreme version although when I was looking at both cards I can see the extreme version has a bigger copper plate on the back plate behind the GPU, any chance you guys could investigate this further? Thanks

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  • Rocky40

    Nice card and very good temps I like the looks of this card as well. I do fail to see what is extreme about it mind you it is just another card released into the sea of 1080 Ti cards but if I was in the market for a new 1080 Ti this might be the right one for me because of the looks and the good temps I am a little wary of Zotac products even it if is clocked faster than this card I would choose this over the Zotac any day of the week.

    Very nice review of this card thank you very much.

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  • Unfortunately we don’t have the normal Aorus version, it was not supplied. However, we have been assured the PCB is identical and so is the main cooler. I see the difference you are alluding to but really the fact the backplate is slightly different is as far as the difference goes (clockspeed and price aside).

  • Emerest Thisk

    Looking at the top of the page at Overclockers

  • Lelisevis

    Great review, I may have missed it but that thing looks heavy as hell, any chance as part of the testing process you can start putting them on a set of scales, I mean I’m not into fat shaming but if that thing damages my Asus 170 Gene do I contact the motherboard manufacturer or the graphics card maker. I know common sense dictates the mobo maker but if I return it there has to be a point they say well surely you dropped the PC etc.
    One other thing to note with these ever growing monsters (I swear I have nothing against big people, I used to spar at heavyweight) is if you buy one of these it dictates your case choice for the next 5 years.

  • Lelisevis

    Overclockers are rarely the cheapest any more and I used to get all my parts there, the same card is £50 cheaper at Scan. I’m looking for a 1080 and they are upto £80 cheaper. They have to pay 8pack somehow ; )

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  • LD

    Since this is a 2.5 slot card, would it make it harder to sli on some boards?

    I currently have an Aorus gaming 7 mobo and am thinking about doing a SLI with two of these (non extreme versions)

  • Lelisevis

    You’ll be fine on the Aorus gaming 7 with SLI I just took a look and it has loads of space, they even moved the slot below the top pcie to above it as it’s normally blocked by the gpu. SLi will run x8/x8 which makes no difference at all and the bottom slot will run x4 but this will use two lower M.2 Lanes.
    SLi with my Asus Gene is a pain in the ass with big coolers as it blocks all of the wiring on the bottom row of the motherboard, it’s the last mATX board I’ll ever buy but it was bought to fit a specific build, unfortunately the guy lost his job so I kinda got stuck with it.