Wednesday, March 29th 2017

ASUS Intros Revised GTX 1080 STRIX and GTX 1060 6GB STRIX with Faster Memory

ASUS today introduced revised versions of its GeForce GTX 1080 (non-Ti) STRIX and 6 GB GTX 1060 STRIX OC Edition graphics cards, featuring faster memory, as promised by NVIDIA during its GTX 1080 Ti launch. The GTX 1080 STRIX OC now comes with 11 Gbps GDDR5X memory and the 6 GB GTX 1060 STRIX OC with 9 Gbps GDDR5. To avoid bait-and-switch complaints from the retail market, these cards are clearly designated from their 10 Gbps and 8 Gbps siblings, in the model numbers, and in the prominent GPU SKU branding. The GTX 1080 STRIX OC is labelled "ROG-STRIX-GTX1080-O8G-11GBPS," and the GTX 1060 6 GB STRIX OC "GTX1060-O6G-9GBPS."

The two cards use revised GDDR5X and GDDR5 memory chips that can sustain their memory chips thanks to improvements in the memory controller end by NVIDIA. At 11 Gbps, the GTX 1080 now has a memory bandwidth of 352 GB/s, while the GTX 1060 has 216 GB/s bandwidth with 9 Gbps memory over its 192-bit wide memory bus. The new GTX 1080 STRIX OC also comes with "max-contact" heatsink base the company introduced with its GTX 1080 Ti STRIX. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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7 Comments on ASUS Intros Revised GTX 1080 STRIX and GTX 1060 6GB STRIX with Faster Memory

#1
Adam Freeman
This Asus Strix 1060 6GB 9Gbps has four heatpipes whereas normal strix and dual series cards (except 1070 and 1080 and the triple fan version) has only two heatpipes. This modification should bring the temperature and noise down and compete better in this regards with MSI Gaming x series.
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#2
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Nice move, Asus. Cant wait to get my hands on a 1080Ti.
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#3
ironwolf
Thank you Asus for making new model #s and not pulling a Kingston (with their SSDs).
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#4
NTM2003
to get this or the 1080 ti I'm sure there be more of theses in stock then the 1080 tis
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#5
Franzen4Real
It's a good business/production move on their part, allowing them to streamline and phase out their remaining 1080 GPU's without the need for buying separate RAM chips and fabbing different coolers. On a consumer side (assuming they do not increase in price) it seems maybe not too much of an upgrade. I was under the assumption the existing gddr5 was not bottlenecking even over clocked gpu's, but maybe I'm wrong. As for the heatsink, lower temps are always better so that's a win. However, I have the Strix OC 1080 and it is already very cool and quite under gaming loads. Still, it is a nice way to transition from the 1080 to Ti, and throws a little something extra in for those who prefer save $$ and wait to buy 1 tier lower than the newest high end.
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#6
DaJMasta
I'm just impressed that an eye diagram made it into Asus's press release photos!
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#7
shilka
Anyone know if the new GTX 1080 Strix uses the old two slot GTX 1080 Strix just with the new max-contact heatsink base?

Or does it use the new two and a half slot the GTX 1080 Ti Strix uses?
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