Unboxing and Appearance
Asus have kindly supplied us with the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition in an attractive but not overstated box – no over dramatic characters, logos or dragons to be had here:
The rear of the box shows similar marketing from last year, however there are some notable changes. We can see what appears to be the same DirectCU III cooler which featured on the Asus Strix GTX 1080 from last year. However, the heatsink has undergone some modifications (namely in the girth department which we will see later) and is now referred to as simply Maxcontact Technology which claims to have ‘2x more contact with the GPU for improved thermal transfer’.
The patented triple wing-blade fans make a return (with IP5X-Certified dust protection), a well as the ‘0dB’ fan mode (which is much more common these days) which turns the fans off completely under a certain threshold temperature. Asus Aura Sync is mentioned (an Asus colour system to keep all your peripherals / system lighting in sync with each other) as we as the Asus Fanconnect II – x2 4-pin fan headers on the card itself (more on this later in the review):
Onto the card itself then – looking at its belly (when mounted in the case that is), we can see the patented triple wing-blade fans mounted on the new maxcontact technology heatsink. From this perspective, there is little difference over the GTX 1080 card from last year:
The top of the card features what we believe is mandatory on a high-end card; an attractive back-plate. Asus have not failed to deliver here – the coverage of the black backplate is complete (only exposing what appears to be the MosFets / power assembly – only slightly modified from what we could see through the plate last year) with an attractive the ‘X’ design etched around the GPU location.
To the right-hand side of the picture, there is a large ‘Republic of Gamers’ logo with RGB lighting which can be fully customised (we’ll show this later in this article). Towards the top is the standard PCI-E connector and, currently capped, two SLI ‘fingers’ towards the bottom left of the picture:
For those interested, here is a close-up of the ROG logo:
Unlike the ‘founders edition’ GTX 1080 Ti (which features x1 6-pin and x1 8-pin PCI-E power connectors), the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti features a x2 8-pin PCI-E power configuration, which (combined with the PCI-E lane’s power of 75w) delivers a total of 375w – plenty of power for serious overclocking, even with the Ti’s higher TDP over the GTX 1080:
Moving slightly down, we can see the side ‘Republic of Gamers’ logo in text which is also RGB-lit (they’ve certainly got all the bases covered for you case-modders out there!). From this shot, you can begin to see the significantly fatter headsink employed by Asus to deal with the GTX 1080 Ti’s additional TDP:
Panning out again, this side shot shows the sheer size of the Maxcontact Technology heatsink – it significantly bigger compared to the GTX 1080 to deal with the additional heat of the card. In terms of standard PCI-E slots on the motherboard – allow plenty of space for this under the card – the heatsink is a 2.5 slot design; you will need 3 standard slots available to accommodate the card.
…and on the other side, you can see the heat-pipe matrix running through the fins of the over-sized heatsink:
Looking at the rear of the card we can see the connectivity comprising of x2 DisplayPort 1.4 connections, x2 HDMI 2.0 ports and a DVI-D connector (note – this card does not feature any form of analogue output):
At the other end of the card (the end nearest the front of your case) it is less exciting but you can see the new Asus Fanconnect II headers – a unique feature allowing you to connect two 4-pin CPU / GPU PWM-controlled fans instead of plugging them into your motherboard: