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Asus Republic Of Gamers Strix GTX 1080 Aura RGB OC Review

Rating: 9.5.

On May 17th Nvidia released their Founders Edition GTX 1080 and today we follow up on the launch review by looking at the first custom partner card to hit our offices. The Asus ROG Strix GTX1080 is fully loaded, featuring the latest Direct CU III cooler, customisable RGB lighting and enhanced ‘out of the box’ clock speeds. ASUS have designed the card with low noise in mind, but it is worth the hefty £659.99 asking price?

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Asus have adopted their latest Direct CU III cooler on the ROG Strix GTX 1080 card, which they claim is 30% cooler and up to three times quieter than the reference design. Their new patented ‘Wing Blade’ fans are said to offer 105% more air pressure.

Like most Asian manufacturers Asus love to quote percentage improvements in their marketing literature. It is however interesting to see that the PCB is fitted with GPU controlled 4 pin fan headers, if you wish to further enhance the cooling system.

The market in general seems obsessed with RGB lighting right now, so it is likely going to be well received that this card incorporates RGB (AURA) lighting, controllable by software. More on this later in the review.

GPU GeForce
GTX960
Geforce
GTX970
GeForce
GTX980
Geforce
GTX 980 Ti
Geforce
GTX Titan X
Geforce
GTX 1080
Streaming Multiprocessors 8 13 16 22 24 20
CUDA Cores 1024 1664 2048 2816 3072 2560
Base Clock 1126 mhz 1050 mhz 1126 mhz 1000 mhz 1000 mhz 1607 mhz
GPU Boost Clock 1178 mhz 1178 mhz 1216 mhz 1075 mhz 1076 mhz 1733 mhz
Total Video memory 2GB 4GB 4GB 6GB 12GB 8GB
Texture Units 64 104 128 176 192 160
Texture fill-rate 72.1 Gigatexels/Sec 109.2 Gigatexels/Sec 144.1 Gigatexels/Sec 176 Gigatexels/Sec 192 Gigatexels/Sec 257.1 Gigatexels/Sec
Memory Clock 7010 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz 5005mhz
Memory Bandwidth 112.16 GB/sec 224 GB/s 224 GB/sec 336.5 GB/sec 336.5 GB/sec 320 GB/s
Bus Width 128bit 256bit 256bit 384bit 384bit 256bit
ROPs 32 56 64 96 96 64
Manufacturing Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 16nm
TDP 120 watts 145 watts 165 watts 250 watts 250 watts 180 watts

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The Nvidia GTX1080 ships with 2560 CUDA cores and 20 SM units. The 8GB of GDDR5X memory is connected via a 256 bit memory interface. This new G5X memory offers a huge step up in bandwidth, when compared against the older GDDR5 standard. It runs at a data rate of 10Gbps, giving 43% more bandwidth than the GTX980 GPU.

The Asus Republic Of Gamers Strix GTX 1080 can operate at different clock speeds, controllable in the latest version of GPU Tweak II. In Gaming Mode base clock is set at 1759mhz, and in OC mode base clock is 1784mhz. Boost clock speeds are 1898mhz in Gaming mode and 1936mhz in OC mode. We test the card today in the faster OC mode, as it seems likely the enthusiast user base will do the same.

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