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Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11GB Review

An overclocked GTX 1080 Ti will always be something to behold in the performance stakes and the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11GB is no exception here. Gigabyte’s attention to detail and focus on performance and quality has paid off as this graphics card is a strong performer in all areas.

Performance is generally between 5 and 10 per cent better than a reference GTX 1080 Ti, depending on the application, and that can be increased further with its small amount of overclocking headroom and by raising the Nvidia power limit.

There are two Aorus models for the GTX 1080 Ti, and the standard edition makes considerably more sense than this Xtreme Edition, purely because the majority of GTX 1080 Ti GPUs overclock to the same level irrespective of any manufacturer claimed speed-binning. In the UK that means a saving of almost £50 for what is an identical graphics card, except with slightly slower ‘out of the box’ clock frequencies and a slightly different backplate design.

The only potential drawback here is if the standard edition card wasn’t capable of reaching the factory speeds of the Xtreme Edition, there would be no recourse in this situation as a graphics card only has to be stable at its advertised clock speeds. However, this situation is highly unlikely to happen because the maximum overclock is fairly similar across all Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti GPUs.

Despite the fairly sizeable power consumption of the overclocked GTX 1080 Ti GPU the triple slot cooler has absolutely no issues keeping temperatures in check and noise output to a very low level. Gigabyte’s mammoth cooler sacrifices the convenience of dual-slot form factor and a reasonable size to deliver better cooling and performance.

For most system builders, the over-sized cooler is a beneficial trade-off against practicality since the chances of the triple-slot design getting in the way of something are minimal these days with the high quality of integrated audio and networking on most motherboards.

System builders will perhaps need to wary of sagging since this is a very heavy GPU, but providing the card is securely fastened and the motherboard has reinforced PCIe lanes, there are no significant concerns.


The Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11GB is available at Overclockers UK for £859.99 while the standard version sells for £799.99. However, Gigabyte assures us the pricing for this card is usually lower – £809.99 for the Xtreme Edition with the standard version selling for less, around £759.99. OCUK’s current high prices simply reflect low availability. The standard warranty duration is 3 years but this can be extended to 4 years through online registration.


  • Excellent cooling and low noise
  • Class-leading single GPU performance
  • 4 year warranty (with online registration)
  • High quality backplate
  • RGB LED lighting
  • Quality construction and components
  • Excellent display output flexibility


  • Significant premium over reference design
  • Cooler is substantial – triple slot design
  • Limited overclocking headroom
  • LED lighting zones cannot be independently controlled

KitGuru says: A feature-packed, blisteringly fast and well-built GTX 1080 Ti. The Aorus GTX 1080 Ti comes at a premium but it’s a premium well worth paying.


Rating: 9.0.

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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.

  • Dishonored_Outsider

    Is kit guru gave 10 in some review?

  • Mitch

    I have this card but when i play GTA V or GR Wildlands the FPS are too low. im playing at 3440x1440p
    NO MATTER WHAT SETTINGS I MAKE ( ultra, low, med. ) when i turn the fps goes from 60 to 30-20 and its very laggy and horrible to see.
    Do you know why ?? It only happens with these games, i played overwatch and BF1 on ultra, and nothing wrong. Just with these 2 games.
    I reintstall the drivers from nvidia with a clean install, but still have the problem on that games. Right now im playing with my GTX 1070 because is more stable. i think the problem are the drivers…

  • Dave

    This card is the best 1080 ti you can get. They offer four years of warranty which is nice as well.

  • Omar Currim

    The problem is with the Gigabyte Aorus Engine.

    Uninstall that crap. It is using 20% of your CPU which is why you are lagging.

    Use Afterburner for now if you need to overclock. The Aorus software is filled with bugs.


    Also, update the BIOS to F4 as it makes the card alot more stable and cooler!

  • ddferrari

    I think some of the cons are dependent on where one lives. I just ordered the Xtreme version and it was only $25 USD over the non-Xtreme after shipping costs ($750 USD total). The Xtreme has OC mode with the click of a button that not only give higher clocks, but a decent boost in memory speed. For those who don’t want to take the time or know how to overclock, this makes everything simple. And it’s all covered under warranty since it’s provided by Gigabyte. I also think it’s unfair to list “limited OC headroom” as a con, as Gigabyte already maxed it out for us.

    I chose this card because for an extra $50 over FE, you get a way better cooling solution, RGB lighting, and a four-year warranty- one full year longer than any other model or brand I’ve come across. Undoubtedly resale value will also be higher for those few lucky/crazy souls who upgrade yearly because they demand the best and can afford it.

  • Mrflappywilly

    Why come on this review? some of can afford it.

  • Andrew

    5 mins is a bit short for this test, i think it should be 30 mins to get true results, also the chart should also display core + mem clock speeds + fps, to get understand which cards are working harder and doing more processing

  • Andrew

    by the way I have the extreme edition and get 84c about 155fps with 8xaa/4k

  • Andrew

    could be slow hdd? mine works 60fps @ 4k on 6600k no issues, even with gfx mods installed, try turning windows search service off

  • Andrew

    some people online also mention vsync, maybe force vsync in nvidia settings and turn it off in game