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ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Gaming 8 GB

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The ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 Gaming OC is the highest clocked GTX 1080 variant so far, running almost 2000 MHz actual clock on average, which has it boost up to 2050 MHz out of the box without a manual overclock. The new cooler is not only quiet but also looks good, and the backplate has RGB illumination.

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Only useful feature added by Asus onto their GTX 1080 are those GPU controlled Fan headers.
 
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looks like msi gaming is still king, as far as noise is concerned.
 
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Thanks for the review! Could you post a screenshot of the GPU Tweak Utility that is supposed to be able to control the onboard pwm fan headers and their curve?
 
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looks like msi gaming is still king, as far as noise is concerned.
I suspect that is only because Asus were a little more aggressive with their fan curve, judging by how well it cools I would say that if you tune the fan curve down you would probably get the same noise as on the MSI but with slightly better temps still.
 
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Great review as always! I really like the looks of this card.

It would be nice to differentiate between pros/cons that are for this card tough.
95% of the pros/cons are identical for the 1080's so far, so it would be nice to know what the pros/cons are compared to the other 1080's

Headers for case fan for example is a big plus on this card.
 
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Not very impressed with the strict power limits (of any of the 1080's)..... Perhaps they knew the 1080 would hold it's own for half a year and so there is no need to let it go faster? If Vega comes close or beats it in late 2016 then they can roll out a less restricted, larger core 1080ti.

Also funny how the FE has seen the highest clocks so far.

Meh, I hope EVGA or Galax roll out some attitude.
 
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Those fan connectors are simply a brilliant idea!
 
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Those fan connectors are simply a brilliant idea!
Definitely, i love the fact my card is completely silent under light loads or whilst being idle, but to have a couple of case fans also in sync would reduce noise levels even further, and in the case of (my case) even with the fans turned down a low as possible the constant fan noise is obvious.

Hope to see others cards do this in the future, but great feature for sure!
 
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Like the update to the STRIX design this go round. Good looking card, nice design and a cool new feature that is something I can appreciate seeing. I like seeing innovation like this.

Only problem still seems to be the overclocks...Can we get some serious lax restrictions on the power for these cards anytime soon??? I thought for sure this one would hit higher than the FE.
 
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  • Even though I couldn't care less about RGB lighting, you have to give ASUS credit for doing it right - no color usage on the product itself.
  • The out of the box overclock is nice (in comparison to the other 2 custum designs we've seen thus far) even though it doesn't translate into much of a real world advantage.
  • The card runs rather cool, so there seems to be enough headroom to tweak the fan curve some more.
  • But it is beyond me why ASUS didn't overclock the memory (is there no benefit to be had?) and limited the board power to 200W (is there some kind of correlation? is that the reason they didn't overlock the memory?) ...
  • overall a nice addition to the GTX 1080 lineup - but $679 for a midrange card? You can't be serious!
Those fan connectors are simply a brilliant idea!
Wouldn't make a difference in my case. The fans are inaudible anyway. And I'd wager a guess that people that buy a GTX 1080 will usually have some way of dynamically controlling the fans. I'd rather have fans spin with low rpm than none at all. Having no/less airflow in the case will only lead to the GPU exceeding its idle-fan-off target temperature sooner.
The overlock
 
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2 hdmi and 2 display ports? The logic fails me here, throwing away nvidia surround (with all pascal multiprojection goodies) for VR + TV output.
 
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The highest OC'ing custom card thus far, and with those nifty fan controllers to boot.
 

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Benchmark Scores I once had +100 dorfs in DF, so yeah pretty great
Among the cheaper 1080's here as of yet.

Can you disable the LED's completely?
 
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So even ASUS use uP 9511P not their "rebranded" Digi+ VRM as usual ? Dunno Pascal OC is limit by voltage or something but probably not temperature. I see many 1080 under water at OCN could not break 2.2Ghz mark.
 
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Hmmm

I understand somehow having 2 hdmi buti would of opted for 3 dp and 2 hdmi and ditch the dvi rather then this...

I always liked what strix brings on the table, and the above is the only con i can think of if you plan for a surround setup if not is not a problem.

So W1zzard are we going to see also a evga sc or ftw review?
 
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I would LOVE to see EVGA's FTW against ASUS Strix' comparison, especially when it comes to noise under 100% load (the EVGA is rumored to have 100mm fans)...
 
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I would LOVE to see EVGA's FTW against ASUS Strix' comparison, especially when it comes to noise under 100% load (the EVGA is rumored to have 100mm fans)...
Same here... I would expect evga to be more silent as is 2 fans vs 3 but all depends of how fast performs and not throtle...
 
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