ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review

Introduction

nVidia have a habit of taking your expectations and making you feel like you underestimated them. 

The Pascal GPU that beats at the heart of the GTX 1080 is one such expectation destroyer. Normally each generation builds upon the last with the base models being slightly improved versions of the previous generations top models, and so on. The GTX 1080 took the GTX 980 and made it obsolete in one fell swoop, providing GTX 980 SLI performance in a single card.

Now the Founders Edition was impressive, and it's credit to nVidia that they're paying so much attention to what used to be labelled the reference card but is now so much more. That doesn't diminish our excitement to see what the partner cards have to offer though, as there is always a little more design freedom and a little more power brought to the party.

The ASUS Strix range has quickly established itself as one of the premiere brands around, whether its peripherals, motherboards or, as in this case, graphics cards. What does the Strix GTX 1080 have that makes it stand out against the pack? Time to find out.

Regular readers might be tempted to skip to their favourite result, but we recommend paying particular attention to page three today, because we've changed up both our testing methodology and our gaming benchmark suite.

Technical Specifications

Graphics cards specifications are all about the details rather than the dry table of contents. After all, a Pascal GPU is a Pascal GPU. Where the Strix picks up is the inclusion of dual modes, with the Gaming Mode bringing 1898MHz Boost clock and the OC Mode upping the ante to 1936MHz. The Strix is about much more than mere clock speed though, as we will see on the next page.

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Most Recent Comments

07-06-2016, 14:54:28

tolagarf
I have to say I'm impressed! Right from the beginning I was very negative about this card due to the issues with the 980 Ti version with the sagging and the cooler design. It seems ASUS fixed that with this version and the 2 x PWM headers are a godsent!

It's certainly a card I will consider now, even though I did say I was probably going for the EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid, I'm really not so sure anymore. Granted a hybrid version of the Strix would have been lovely, but in the end water cooling is just a luxury thing and it's something I can always consider adding later on with an EK block and Predator AIO to keep things simple.Quote

07-06-2016, 15:46:07

AngryGoldfish
I personally prefer the look of the previous Strix, but the fact that this is truly RGB makes it a lot more enticing. I'm looking forward to seeing what ASUS do with AMD Vega in this Strix DC3 version. That should be a lovely update.Quote

07-06-2016, 15:47:45

sonicpete
Great review TTL. You put in a serious amount of work in your reviews. I must admit I was hoping for greater overclocking headroom. We might be seeing the ceiling on the GTX 1080 cards already.Quote

07-06-2016, 17:02:38

Wraith
Pretty impressive numbers especially next to the Nedvidia Flanders Edition, I'm looking forward to seeing more 3rd party offerings now.

#StriXfactorQuote

07-06-2016, 17:47:50

Kushiro
Was there ever a noise section?

All in all it was very underwhelming for me personally. Expected a lot more from the shrink..Quote
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