Heat and Noise
Next we’ll turn our attention from performance to heat and noise. Whilst having the best graphics card in the world is great, it means little if it is like having a volcano under your desk that sounds like a jet-turbine in operation.
The Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 once again performs incredibly well – despite the massive increase in performance, the combination of the 16nm FinFET process, lower 180w TDP and outstanding cooling offering afforded by Asus’s DirectCU III triple-fan cooling does an incredible job of keeping load temperatures under the 70°C mark.
Moving on to noise, while we lack the equipment to measure it accurately, subjectively the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 was very quiet in operation for the most part. The majority of the time you could not hear the fans on the GPU produce any noise than was louder the the combination of the Coolermaster HAF-X case fans, the Coolermaster Nepton 140XL all-in-one CPU cooler and the Zalman ZM1000-HP power supply in our test rig.
As an added bonus, the fans do not even spin when the card is not under load – ideal for when you are using your PC for non-gaming tasks to reduce the noise even further.
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