Conclusion and Rating
Before concluding and scoring the review, I would like to take the opportunity to extend a massive thank you to Asus for providing us with a review sample of this truly outstanding graphics card so that we could provide you with this article.
The conclusion to this review is very simple: if you want the fastest graphics card in the world (including non-watercooled custom GTX 1080 Ti designs) then the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC edition is the card you should seriously consider.
The performance is so fast that you are very likely to be CPU-bound at 1080p where you will not get the most out of this card. This card is absolutely superb when paired up with a 144hz 1440p monitor where you average framerates will be tracking the monitor’s maximum refresh rate almost perfectly.
Asus have tuned the card’s clock rates to the very edge of stability – you will not need to overclock the card further to get one of the very best GeForce GTX 1080 Ti air-cooled products on the market.
Asus have managed to achieve this while not compromising on the usual suspects – heat, power and noise. The Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti runs both incredibly cool and very quiet for a card of this calibre and was a pleasure to use in this regard. The new increased size of the MaxContact heatsink ensures that no increase in temperature is observed over the GeForce GTX 1080 version which is very impressive for a 250w TDP card.
Aesthetically, Asus has done a fantastic job in offering an excellent back plate to the card as well as extensive RGB lighting zones and customisation through the Asus Aura application – truly a modder’s dream come true.
The summary of our findings are as below:
- The fastest gaming graphics card in the world (and potentially the best GTX 1080 Ti card that money can buy performance wise out-of-the-box) barring the Titan Xp 2017 re-release
- Incredible paired up with a 144hz 1440p monitor
- Attractive looks, excellent build quality, back plate and RGB lighting
- Runs cool and very quietly
- At around £780, this card is very expensive. However, we feel the cost is much more ‘justified’ for the performance it yields over its GeForce GTX 1080 counterpart, considering it is a ‘best of Pascal’ tier of card and there is still no competition from AMD in the high-end GPU areana at the time of writing (not until RX Vega launches)