ASUS GTX 1080Ti Graphics Card Review

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ASUS GTX 1080Ti Graphics Card Review. The Ti series is the one excites a select group the most, and those enthusiasts can’t wait to get their hands on them. The ten series has been on the market for some time now, and with no real competition from AMD it feels an age has past, but it’s finally here, set to deliver every drop Nvidia could squeeze from the architecture

As with other Ti cards, they’re not for everyone; these are for dedicated and hardcore gamers that demand the most from their system. In today’s review, we’ll be focusing on what Asus has done with this insane piece of kit.

UK Pricing on the day of review is £766  Check other regions

[Features and Specs]

 

Courtesy of ASUS, See more HERE

[nextpage title=”Packaging and Bundle”] The card arrives in typical ASUS box, and by that, I mean clean, crisp and direct. From this side, we’re given a sneak peek of the card, while the reverse is dedicated for specific features

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With the main sleeve removed, we find a separate ASUS branded box. Inside this, you’ll find the GPU and accessories.

Consisting of

  • Driver disc
  • Warranty Info and User Manual

[The card]

Right off the bat, we need to talk about size, because this isn’t destined for many ITX builds that’s for sure. With a peak of about 30cm in length, 13cm in width at its widest point, and taking 2.5 slots, you’ll need a decent case to accommodate the beast.

Being one of the larger cards on the market,  build quality matters and it’s instantly apparent just how well that this product has been made. High-quality material, flawless finish and a very rigid system with the cooling solution and backplate. These decisions and design elements help to reduce the elusive GPU sag we expect from bigger GPU’s.

Power is handled by a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors, which is a change from the reference design of 1×6 and a 1×8 pin requirement. This additional power should theoretically help with overclocking but as with any such claim it is not a certainty

A returning feature is the additional 4pin connector on the PCB which works in unison with ASUS’ FanConnect II system application. This essentially means any fans connected are directly tied the GPU temperature and will increase or decrease depending on the load of the GPU.; This is a smart feature and sign of innovation,

For those of you, not running complimenting ASUS hardware such as a motherboard, can still reap the rewards of the Lighting element, when used a with any additional lighting product such a s strip light and ASUS’s app. Thought for maximum eye candy you really ought to be an ASUS motherboard and certified case such as the Bitfenx Shogun or Aurora, which we review early this year.

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So then that’s your tour, now lets talk performance

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Proudly Powered by our Dimastech Mini V1.0 Test Bench Thanks to DimasTech For supplying the product which allows to us to produce this reviewWe would like to thank or sponsors for their support with our test systemKingston, Dismatech, Cooler Master, Noctua and MSI

[Noise and Temperature] 

Read Method?
  • To determine the true temperatures and noise levels. We record idle temperatures 15 minutes after a cold boot; we also take our first sound level reading. These readings are taken at a distance of 1 meter (100cms) away from the GPU.
  • We know others measure differently, but we don’t expect you’ll have your ear 10cm or closer, to the card very often, so this is our take on a more realistic scenario
  • To measure load we use Furmark and a mixture of games, forcing the GPU to work at 100% load. Once again a reading of maximum temperature and sound levels are taken.

In order to minimize sound interference from other devices, which would skew the results we use:

  • An SSD.
  • A CPU Heatsink in passive mode.
  • Record the results a total of three times and produce an average.
  • The noise baseline is 30db due to ambient room noise and other equipment limitations.

How does this extreme cooling solution perform and compare to the competition? All logical says it will be epic, was it?

The noise emissions at idle obviously measured as Odb in low demand tasks/games. Under full load, the peak was around the 37db mark, which is very acceptable!

Max temp we saw was 67C

[FAQ]

We’re often asked. Why do you include card X in one test and not the next? Or results for 1440P or 4K for only some cards?

It’s not something we want to do either, but the reason is simple enough. Cards come in for review, and despite popular belief, unless they are purchased then they are on loan. We have them for a limited amount of time, and then they go off to the next reviewer.

When we add a new application, game or setting into our database. If the card isn’t here… We can’t retest it, or include it!

[nextpage title=”Synthetic – 3DMark”]

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About
3DMark is the 2013 release of a benchmark designed to measure the performance of computer hardware. This version includes three different tests, each designed for a specific type of hardware ranging from smartphones to high-performance gaming PCs. 3DMark works by running intensive graphical and computational tests on your hardware. The more powerful your hardware, the smoother the tests will run. Don’t be surprised if your frame rates are low as 3DMark tests are very demanding. Each test gives a score, which you can use to compare similar devices and systems.

Download/Purchase 

 

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With much more under the hood, the Ti really shows its ability in all three tests.
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About
Heaven Benchmark with its current version 4.0 is a GPU-intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. This powerful tool can be effectively used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions, as well as check the cooling system’s potential under maximum heat output. It provides completely unbiased results and generates true in-game rendering workloads across all platforms, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Download

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Much like what we found in 3DMARK, it’s the same story in heaven. But will these huge leaps show themselves in games?

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DiRT Rally is the most authentic and thrilling rally game ever made, road-tested over 80 million miles by the DiRT community. It perfectly captures that white knuckle feeling of racing on the edge as you hurtle along dangerous roads, knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time..

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Interesting to see nice gains in Avg FPS, but we don’t see the same trend in mins, granted they are better. The extra memory here, the whopping 11GB won’t be utilised in every title.

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About
Grid 2 is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters and is the sequel to 2008′s Race Driver: Grid. The Game features an in-built benchmark tool.

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Feel free to max out this title in 4k, Sure the previous gens could do that too, but this allows for future proofing.

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Race like a champion in F1™ 2015 A stunning new game engine and all-new ‘broadcast presentation’ puts you in the heart of the action.

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As with Grid, the card makes the game look like Tetris. With numbers like this even at 4k, it shows itself as 100% future proof
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Welcome to the World of Assassination. You are Agent 47, the world’s ultimate assassin..

 

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As we ramp up the resolution, the gains diminish but can’t be overlooked Vs 1080. Drivers and patches will squeeze more in time.

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Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story of the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from frightened young woman to hardened survivor, armed with only raw instincts and the physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance. Superb physics-based gameplay is paired with a heart-pounding narrative in Lara’s most personal, character-defining adventure to date.

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The Ti obviously is pure overkill at 1080P and 2k, and while the previous 1080 just missed the 60FPS mark in mins, this nudges past it passed, delivering a silky smooth experience even when the game is maxed out

[nextpage title=”Conclusion TL:DR”]

The GTX 1080Ti was expected to a beast as with its predecessors from the Ti series where. They are often as the best of the best, and its very much that from our testing today . Taking cutting edge tech and allowing well-respected brand such as ASUS, to make them their own, with a custom cooling solution, RGB and factory overclock, results in a bonkers piece of kit!

I’ve praised the cooling solution from ASUS in the past, and today is no different. The triple fan cooler is quiet and very able, even under the most demanding tests it never caused any irritation. The actual design is stellar and yes it’s one that we’ve seen before. No matter, it is well suited to tame this beast of a chip under the hood here from Nvidia. RGB isn’t for everyone but what’s often overlooks is a simple fact, if you don’t want it, then don’t use it!

Pricing likewise will cause divides, as it always does. What ASUS is asking for, in comparison to other models in the market actually translates into fair value. Until AMD makes a move and competition between the two heat up, I wouldn’t expect much to change over the coming months, but as always do shop around and be sure to locate the best deal on the day!

Actual performance was superb, delivering insane scores in every single test. Coupled up with a beautiful design and whisper quiet acoustics what more could ask for?.

We would like to thank ASUS for providing the sample; we look forward to seeing more from them, soon.Awards | Techicize

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