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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:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Box Front

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Box Front

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):

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Box Rear

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Box Rear

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:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Bottom

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Bottom

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:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Top

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Top

For those interested, here is a close-up of the ROG logo:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - ROG Logo

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – 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:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - PCI-E Power connectors

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – PCI-E Power connectors

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:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Heatsink Fins

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Heatsink Fins

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.

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Side 1

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Side 1

…and on the other side, you can see the heat-pipe matrix running through the fins of the over-sized heatsink:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Side 2

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Side 2

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):

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Rear

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Rear

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:

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Front

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – Front

2 comments

  1. Now that’s a damned fine review Mr T. 😉
    You make me regret going with the EVGA 1080 Ti SC (Superclocked) GPU after reading this. 🙂

  2. gregs2k2 gregs2k2 says:

    Damn fine review Sir, well worth the wait. 🙂 Especially liking the OC portion with additional benchmarks. gg indeed. 🙂

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