RageQuitters Reviews – ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080

Test System and Setup

Enough with fashion parade and on to what we all came here for – to find out how this card actually performs.

Before we leap into the benchmarks (oh, you’ve already gone – hmm, we’ll carry on anyway) please take a moment to inspect the test system and setup configuration below:

Test System

  • CPU – Intel Core i7-4790k ‘Devil’s Canyon’ @ 4Ghz
  • Memory – 8GB Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24
  • Motherboard – MSI Z97 Gaming 5 LGA1150
  • Case – Coolermaster HAF-X
  • CPU Cooler – Coolermaster Nepton 140XL
  • Power Supply – Zalman ZM1000-HP
  • SSD #1 – Crucial BX100 1TB
  • SSD #2 – Crucial M4 500GB
  • HDD – Western Digital Red NAS 3TB
  • Operating System – Windows 10 Professional 64-bit Build 10586
  • Monitor – BenQ XL2730Z


Graphics Cards – NVIDIA

  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080
  • MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G


Graphics Cards – AMD

  • MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming 3G
  • MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G


Graphics Cards – Drivers

  • NVIDIA – 368.39
  • AMD – 16.6.1


Game Versions and Settings

  • Ashes of the Singularity – v1.23.20458, ‘Extreme’ preset, MSAA x4
  • Batman Arkham Knight – v1.13 + 8th March 2016 hotfix, ‘High’ settings, AA = On, Gameworks = Off
  • Dirt3 – ‘Complete’ edition – v1.0.0a, ‘Ultra’ preset, MSAA x4
  • Doom (2016) – Build 20160610-130347-crazy-yak, ‘Ultra’ preset, FXAA = On
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 – Build 757.4 Online 1.34, ‘Very High’ Settings, FXAA = On
  • Metro: Last Light – v1.0.0.15, ‘Very High’ quality, SSAA = On, Tesselation = Very High, PhysX = Off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division – v1.2.1, ‘Ultra’ preset, PostFX AA = Off
  • Tomb Raider (2013) – v1.01.748.0, ‘Ultimate’ preset, FXAA = On


Synthetic Benchmark Versions

  • 3DMark Firestrike – v1.1, ‘Default’ and ‘Extreme’ presets
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark – v4.0, ‘Ultra Quality’ preset, Tessellation = Extreme, AA x8
  • Unigine Valley Benchmark – v1.0, ‘Ultra Quality’ preset, Tessellation = Extreme, AA x8


Testing Notes

All games (and synthetic benchmarks) were tested using their in-game benchmark tool with the exception of Doom (2016) which lacks an in-game benchmark or time demo feature.

To test Doom, the following method was used:

  • Start new campaign
  • Begin recording FPS when first 3D scene is shown (after red logo)
  • Allow scripted sequence of escaping from shackles to play
  • Kill demons in first room
  • Run 3 laps around the same room; return to centre near table
  • Look up to the ceiling, down to the floor and back to the centre of the screen again
  • Stop recording FPS


  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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