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RageQuitters Reviews – ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080

Overclocking

After seeing the NVIDIA live presentations and the hype regarding clock speeds hitting ‘at least 2.1Ghz’, we were very keen to see how far the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 would go.

Asus offer a tool called called Asus GPU Tweak II which has a range of presets and charts right out of the box to help you on your overclocking journey:

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Asus GPU Tweak II – your tool to overclocking heaven?

We clicked on Professional Mode to gain granular access to the controls and began playing.

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All the dials…ready to be tweaked

First we decided to discover what the card’s maximum core clock speed would reach to.  We increased the GPU voltage to 100% and the power target to 120% to give ourselves the maximum headroom we could.  Next, we applied a very modest +14MHz on the boost clock to take it to 1950MHz in the tool (but strangely this actually translated to 2050Mhz in operation).  Next we fired up MSI Kombuster to run a stability test…

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MSI Kombuster stability test running – fingers crossed

However, we were quickly disappointed to find that the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 began to crash when even the most modest boost clock was added; it appears that Asus have the card right at the limit of stability already:

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MSI Kombuster quickly started to fail…

 

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…and Display Driver crash / recovery confirmed that the core clock wasn’t going anywhere

Disappointed but undeterred, we proceeded to see how much the memory would overclock.

Fortunately this area of the card was significantly better and we managed to get a +1000Mhz (+10%) overclock out of the Crucial GDDR5X memory to total 11000Mhz – very impressive:

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11000Mhz memory when overclocked – stable for an extended period of time

Overall, our results were as follows:

  • GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition – Base Clock 1607Mhz, Boost Clock, 1733Mhz, Memory Clock 10000Mhz
  • Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – Base Clock 1784Mhz, Boost Clock 1936Mhz, Memory Clock 10000Mhz
  • Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 (Overclocked) – Base Clock 1784Mhz, Boost Clock 1936Mhz, Memory Clock 11000Mhz

 

We re-tested two game benchmarks below to check the difference:

Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX1080 - Metro Last Light - 1440p - Overclocked

Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX1080 - The Division - 1440p - Overclocked

Whilst not earth shattering, the just over 2% performance improvement is impressive from a simple memory overclock alone.

3 comments

  1. Buddydudeguy says:

    The HAF-X is ancient. Cases have come a long way over the years and personally I don’t understand why you would even test in a HAF-X.

    • TerminatorUK says:

      Thanks for the comment Buddy.

      I wouldn’t call the HAF-X ‘ancient’ – it is a high-end gaming case from 2011 with excellent airflow and should have plenty of space for most GPUs.

      Unfortunately our budget isn’t endless and we couldn’t just rebuild our test system for the purposes of the review.

      This section in the article was included more of a highlight to check your case as the card’s width extends beyond a ‘standard’ PCI-E card’s regular dimensions; especially with certain motherboards.

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