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.
[Features and Specs]
- NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti is the fastest gaming GPU that delivers 35% faster performance than the GeForce GTX 1080.
- MaxContact Technology and 2.5-Slot Width for the coolest and quietest gaming performance.
- Patented Wing-Blade Fan Design with IP5X dust-resistance for longer fan lifespan.
- ASUS FanConnect II for optimal cooling performance.
- Fan Profile Switch instantly change from high-performance to quiet operation.
- Industry Only Auto-Extreme Technology with Super Alloy Power II delivers premium quality and best reliability.
- ASUS Aura Sync for perfect RGB LED synchronisation.
- VR-friendly HDMI ports let you enjoy VR experiences anytime without having to swap cables.
- GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster provides intuitive performance tweaking and real-time streaming.
- Warranty Period – 3 Years.
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
- Driver disc
- Warranty Info and User Manual
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.
So then that’s your tour, now lets talk performance[nextpage title=”Setup & Overlocking”]
Proudly Powered by our Dimastech Mini V1.0 Test Bench Thanks to DimasTech For supplying the product which allows to us to produce this review! We would like to thank or sponsors for their support with our test system, Kingston, Dismatech, Cooler Master, Noctua and MSI
[Noise and Temperature]
- 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.
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
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”]
With much more under the hood, the Ti really shows its ability in all three tests.
[nextpage title=”Synthetic – Heaven Benchmark”]
Much like what we found in 3DMARK, it’s the same story in heaven. But will these huge leaps show themselves in games?[nextpage title=”Dirt Rally – DX 11 – 1080P – 1440P”]
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.[nextpage title=”Grid 2 – DX 11 – 1080P – 1440P”]
Feel free to max out this title in 4k, Sure the previous gens could do that too, but this allows for future proofing.[nextpage title=”F1 2015 – DX 11 – 1080P – 1440P”]
1080P – 1440P”]
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!
We would like to thank ASUS for providing the sample; we look forward to seeing more from them, soon.