Gigabyte GTX 1080 Aorus Xtreme Edition 8 GB 22

Gigabyte GTX 1080 Aorus Xtreme Edition 8 GB

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Introduction



NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 was released last summer and impressed with incredible performance and even more incredible power efficiency. The GeForce GTX 1080 is based on NVIDIA's "Pascal" architecture. This architecture sees the streaming multiprocessors (SMs), the indivisible subunits of an NVIDIA GPU, get even more dedicated components, which increases their performance. NVIDIA claims to have "meticulously" designed the GPU architecture to be as energy efficient as possible given the silicon fab node and is leveraging the 16 nm FinFET node at TSMC for "Pascal."

The GTX 1080 features more CUDA cores than its predecessor – 2560 vs. 2048. It features even more TMUs (160 vs. 128) and, at 8 GB, double the memory. Memory technology sees a major update with NVIDIA's adoption of the GDDR5X memory standard. The memory is clocked at a staggering 10 GHz effective, which gives the GPU 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth over a 256-bit wide memory interface.



Today, we have on the test bench the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Xtreme, which is a highly overclocked, triple-slot, triple-fan custom design of the GTX 1080. Aorus is Gigabyte's new brand, which is more focused on Gaming and RGB. The Gigabyte GTX 1080 Aorus Xtreme in this review is similar to the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Extreme Edition, but comes with the addition of RGB LEDs and a copper backplate to help with the thermal performance of the GPU. Price-wise, the card clocks in at $680.

GeForce GTX 1080 Market Segment Analysis
 GeForce
GTX 1060
Radeon
R9 Fury
GeForce
GTX 980 Ti
Radeon R9
Fury X
GeForce
GTX 1070
GeForce
GTX 1080
AORUS GTX
1080 Extreme
Shader Units1280358428164096192025602560
ROPs48649664646464
Graphics ProcessorGP106FijiGM200FijiGP104GP104GP104
Transistors4400M8900M8000M8900M7200M7200M7200M
Memory Size6 GB4 GB6 GB4 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR5HBMGDDR5HBMGDDR5GDDR5XGDDR5X
Memory Bus Width192 bit4096 bit384 bit4096 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit
Core Clock1506 MHz+1000 MHz1000 MHz+1050 MHz1506 MHz+1607 MHz+1759 MHz+
Memory Clock2002 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz500 MHz2002 MHz1251 MHz1276 MHz
Price$240$260$390$380$360$580$680
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