ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review

Conclusion

ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review

Conclusion

The nVidia GTX 1080 was far in excess of our expectations. We knew it would be good, and we'd heard clues as to exactly how good it was, when it turned up and blew our socks off. We'd only just got around to finding our socks and putting them back on when the Strix arrives and once again the office was covered in cotton undergarments.

When compared to the regular reference models that come from nVidia's headquarters the Founders Edition was a statement of intent which took a lot of the features partners have introduced and applied them to their own model. It was seriously impressive. In fact we were slightly doubtful that the partner manufacturers could find sufficient extra performance to bring their product into sharp relief, but the ASUS Strix laughs in the face of such notions and sets about decimating our graphs with a sledgehammer of power and performance.

It's not merely the 1080 performance that impresses though. Yes it might still be the resolution of choice for the majority of gamers but this is a high-end card aimed at the high-end market with all their 4K screens and VR capabilities. It's in those scenarios where the ASUS Strix really shines, as it's probably the first card to make 4K gameplay a serious possibility on a single-GPU. Sure it's not going to give you the smoothness of a lower resolution, but neither is it a slideshow any more. Combine high quality power components with a cooler capable of keeping temperatures low and you have a recipe for some extraordinary boost clock speeds and the results that follow such high ratings. Any latest nVidia GPU is bound to make your eyes pop, but when it's the latest nVidia GPU running at a barely believable 2.1GHz then it's not a surprise to see even the most strenuous titles bending before its will.

It's really easy to live with too. Sure the low power draw makes your electricity bill more tolerable, and yes with those low temperatures you have less heat to disperse, but it isn't at the cost of your ears. The cooler is magnificent, capable of keeping the card cool whilst never becoming a whiny blur in your case. We can't be the only people who've owned graphics cards that were so loud we thought twice about playing particular titles, yet the Strix has no such issues. It looks the part too, with a backplate that has as much thought placed into the design as the front. With the AURA lighting control in place you can have any shade you like, without compromise and, as we saw in our lighting photographs on page four, it looks spectacular. RGB is splitting the market at the moment but this is the first GPU we have seen with it implemented and implemented properly, a stealthy theme where the lighting is purely there to let you choose your colour accents. Perfect.

There isn't a single weakness in the ASUS GTX 1080 Strix package. It's cool, quiet and devastatingly powerful, and easily wins our OC3D Performance Award. 

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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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