Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080

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All the bark, yet no bite

ASUS IS THE FIRST add-in-board (AIB) part­ner to use a fully au­ton­o­mous man­u­fac­tur­ing line. From start to fin­ish, each and ev­ery card has zero hu­man in­ter­ac­tion. In short, it’s meant to elim­i­nate hu­man er­ror, re­duce the amount of solder, and im­prove per­for­mance. Un­for­tu­nately, it doesn’t take into ac­count the great­est equal­izer of them all: the sil­i­con lottery. Our GeForce GTX 1080 Strix sam­ple was, if we’re hon­est, woe­ful. At its de­fault “over­clock” set­ting (con­fig­ured in the new and im­proved GPU Tweak), it per­formed well, achiev­ing a suit­ably com­fort­able over­clock of 2,025MHz on the core clock. Un­for­tu­nately, it sim­ply couldn’t hold it for the du­ra­tion of our test­ing ses­sion, and it con­tin­u­ally crashed our As he soft he Sin­gu­lar­ity bench­mark run, even af­ter a com­pletely fresh in­stall of Win­dows and its as­so­ci­ated driv­ers.

The over­clock­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, which should be ex­cep­tional on a card like this, was equally frus­trat­ing. Af­ter 16 sep­a­rate at­tempts to get the card to clock any higher than its over­clock set­tings, we man­aged a not-so-im­pres­sive im­prove­ment of a meager 20MHz, and it still wasn’t sta­ble in the vast ma­jor­ity of our bench­marks. For a card at this price, and with Asus’s leg­endary build and qual­ity con­trol, we ex­pected more, and when our (ad­mit­tedly most likely cherry-picked) ref­er­ence sam­ple GTX 1080 can out­per­form it by 113MHz, it just com­pounds the frus­tra­tion.

That aside, it’s pos­si­ble we were just un­lucky. It’s still a quiet card—the fans won’t spin up un­til the GPU is un­der load, and they never ven­ture above and be­yond 40 per­cent of to­tal fan speed. The Strix sits at around 70 C un­der load, but that’s well within op­er­at­ing pa­ram­e­ters. Al­though the LED fea­ture set isn’t some­thing we par­tic­u­larly care for here at Max­i­mum PC, it’s a nice fea­ture to have for those look­ing to build a col­orco-or­di­nated build, and per­for­mance is as solid as any other GTX 1080.

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Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080

EA­GLE Quiet; stylish de­sign; GTX 1080 per­for­mance.

SEAG­ULL Crashes in OC mode; poor over­clock­ing; chip-de­pen­dent; pricey.

$710, www.asus.com

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