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Review: Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080

by Parm Mann on 13 June 2016, 16:46

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Conclusion

Unabashed in its attempt to swoon the ultra enthusiast, this gargantuan design makes the Founders Edition appear downright timid in comparison.

The flood gates are open and we can expect wave after wave of custom-cooled GeForce GTX 1080s. Nvidia's new GPU is the undisputed heavyweight champion and the green team's array of partners are eager to tempt our wallets with an updated range of hard-hitting boards.

Asus, as always, is one of the first out of the gate with the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080. Unabashed in its attempt to swoon the ultra enthusiast, this gargantuan design makes the Founders Edition appear downright timid in comparison.

Heightened frequencies, a splattering of RGB LEDs and value-adds such as onboard FanConnect headers are all part of the appeal, and if the elegance of smaller designs just isn't your thing, Asus's bigger and meatier approach may be more in line with your tastes.

Plenty to like, yet there are a couple of caveats, too. The £660 price tag, obviously, serves as a sizeable hurdle, and with other GTX 1080s available from around £530, there's an inevitable premium attached to the Asus brand. There's also still room for improvement in the accompanying Aura software, yet if it's maximum speed you're after, Asus guarantees the highest air-cooled core frequency of any GeForce GTX 1080.

We've seen enough to suggest that partner cards are going to have the edge over Nvidia's Founders Edition, and if you're willing to pay handsomely, Asus's ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is an early contender for an ultra-high-end build.

The Good
 
The Bad
Factory overclocked
FE-beating cooling capacity
Fans switch off at idle
Built like a tank
Customisable RGD LEDs
FanConnect is a good idea
 
Carries a hefty premium
Aura software needs work



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1920 x 1080 36.81% +0.39%
1920 x 1200 1.35% -0.02%
2560 x 1080 0.31% +0.01%
2560 x 1440 1.53% +0.02%
Other which i assume is 3840 x 2160 1.96% +0.23%

http://www.ebuyer.com/749835-asus-geforce-gtx-1080-rog-strix-gaming-8gb-gddr5x-dvi-hdmi-3-rog-strix-gtx1080-o8g-gaming

So GTX 1080 £659.99 or if true AMD Rx480 for less than £200 and supposedly GTX 980 Performance

Think its fair to say that at 1920 x 1080 and 36.81% of steam market players play at this res then its a huge win for AMD. Got my money this time deffo.
Until I see actual reviews for the RX480 any assumptions of how it performs are irrelevant. But the fact is a 1070 (nevermind 1080) is total overkill for 1920x1080 and only makes sense at 2560x1440
I agree that's why i said if true. But even at 2560x1440 thats still only 1.53% of all steam players.
But our readers are not typically indicative of the Steam findings.

http://hexus.net/tech/features/monitors/91421-qotw-what-resolution-game-at/

I game at 2,560x1,440.
But at over 125 million active users it gives you a very good idea for any company the intended and still current market users

I currently game at 1920 x 1080 myself and currently holding out until zen arrival before my next build, but thats not the point. My maths point to AMD potentially offering a cracking deal for a card upto 2560x1440 for a cost of less than £200.

Why would anyone not want cheaper costs to game to be the case as in reality most people are going to 2560x1440 as the next logical step. A quick look on Ebuyer shows 33 monitors @ 2560x1440 at getting close to 1920x1080 prices compared to 3840x2160 prices that on average spec wise double the price.

Every PC i have built for gaming has always been about my intended resolution, and for me its looking very likely AMD will hit both them resolutions at an affordable price.

Fingers Crossed :)