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RageQuitters Reviews – ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080

RGB Lighting

 

The RGB Lighting on the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is impressive to say the least and is very comprehensive whatever your taste – so much so that it warranted its own dedicated section in this review.

Asus provide a utility called Aura which allows you to fully customise the lighting from an application within Windows.  Aura features several pre-defined modes including Static, Breathing, Strobing (which isn’t that great to be honest), Colour Cycling (like Razer’s spectrum cycling on their Chroma products) and ‘special effects’ which can make the RGB lighting react to either music or change colour dependent on the GPU’s core temperature (we think the latter is pretty neat!).

It should also be noted, the application appears to save the RGB lighting effects to the card’s ‘memory’ and is retained between reboots or when the software is not longer installed (i.e. it doesn’t just apply the lighting effects on Windows startup only) which we thought was a very nice touch.

For the clinically insane among you there is also an ‘Off’ feature:

Asus Aura Application - your gateway to lighting heaven

Asus Aura Application – your gateway to lighting heaven

The card with default lighting inside our test rig looks as follows:

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - RGB lighting default

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting default

Moving the camera underneath reveals the fan shroud RGB lighting:

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - RGB lighting underneath

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting underneath

The following shots show several variations of colour that are available but note this is only limited by your imagination – virtually any colour combination is possible when mixed with the Aura application:

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - RGB lighting - blue

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting – blue

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - RGB lighting - green

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting – green

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - RGB lighting - pink

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting – pink

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - RGB lighting - purple

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting – purple

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - RGB lighting - yellow

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting – yellow

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – RGB lighting demo – Video

Finally, while not actually RGB lighting, one other really nice feature purely for the diagnostic ‘is it in yet?’ (easy now – minds out of the gutter please) to see if your PCI-E connector is fully engaged. The card features a great ‘red – disconnected’, ‘white – connected’ LED system:

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - PCI-E power disconnected

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – PCI-E power disconnected

 

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - PCI-E power connected

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 – PCI-E power connected

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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