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ASUS presents ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080


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Andreas Schilling

asusThe market is set to be swamped by custom models of the NVIDIA, GeForce GTX 1080, ASUS has now announced the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080. ASUS will offer two versions of th card, one in line with NVIDIA's specs, while the other will be shipped factory overclocked. The overclocked card will be the STRIX-GTX1080-O8G-GAMING, while the reference version is the STRIX-GTX1080-8G-GAMING.

ASUS not only used its own cooler design, but also a PCB it developed itself. Needless to say, the overclocked card is said to be one the fastest GeForce GTX 1080 cards on the market - and on top of it all, ASUS says its silent thanks to the cooler.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 technical specifications
model NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080
Street Price 789 Euro -
Homepage www.nvidia.com www.asus.com
Technical specifications
GPU GP104 GP104
Manufacturing orocess 16 nm 16 nm
Transistors 7,2 billion 7,2 billion
GPU Clock Speed (Base Clock) 1,607 MHz 1,898 MHz
GPU clock (Boost Clock) 1,733 MHz 1,936 MHz
Memory Clock 2,500 MHz 2,500 MHz
Memory type GDDR5X GDDR5X
Memory size 8GB 8GB
Memory interface 256 bit 256 bit
Memory bandwidth 320 GB/s 320 GB/s
DirectX version 12 12
Shader units 2,560 2,560
Texture units 160 160
ROPs 64 64
Typical Board Power 180 W 180 W
SLI/ Crossfire SLI SLI

As always, it uses NVIDIA's GP104 just like all any other GeForce GTX 1080 card. The number of ROPs, texture and shader units and all other architectural features aren't what sets the cards apart. The overclocked ROG Strix GeForce GTX 108 is faster than we would have expected for the first batch of custom models. ASUS has increased the base clock rate by 18 percent from 1,607 to 1,898 MHz. The boost clock rate was increased by 12 percent from 1,733 to 1,936 MHz. The memory, however, remains intact at 2,500 MHz.

Both of ASUS' ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 cards use the DirectCU III cooler. The heatpipes are located directly on the GPU and help transport waste heat. The three fans turn to idle mode when the GPU hits a specific temperature, making the card silent. What makes the card stand out is the possibility to connect two fan on the graphics card itself. Here, ASUS added two 4 pin fan connectors, and the fans are controlled through the graphics card. Users can thus add extra cooling to their cards, should there be a need.

For modders, and users who enjoy light effects, ASUS offers RGB LEDSs on the front and the back plate. The  LEDs can display millions of colors, and ASUS has preprogrammed various effects. As always, the LEDs are software controlled. ASUS originally seems to have a modifiable cooler cover consisting of several components, but decided against it as such fan mods aren't legal in various countries.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080

Compared to the 5-phase power supply in NVIDIA's reference design, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 uses 10 power phases made from high-quality components. The PCB is manufactured in the Auto Extreme Technology, i.e. fully automatically. Even large components are no longer mounted and soldered on the PCB by people, but entirely automatically. This means the vias are less expensive and the soldering tips are hardly visible. Building the PCBs this way is claimed to make sure the PCB is high quality and more durable. The bracket is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports and one dual-link DVI port.

ASUS states the overclocked ROG Strix GeForce GTX1080 will cost as much as the Founders Version, whereas the standard version will be slightly cheaper.