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ASUS is known for charg­ing a hefty pre­mium for the OC vari­ant of its ROG Strix cards, and this one comes at an eye­wa­ter­ing $1,539.

Price aside, the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC is quite an im­pres­sive spec­i­men. There are sev­eral us­abil­ity im­prove­ments over the Founders Edi­tion model – for in­stance, you get your DVI-D port back, even though NVIDIA re­moved it on its ref­er­ence de­sign. There are also two HDMI ports avail­able, which makes it eas­ier to use with a VR head­set and mon­i­tor.

One in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is some­thing ASUS calls FanCon­nect II. This takes the form of two 4-pin head­ers at the front of the card, which you can con­nect to your case fans to al­low them to ad­just their speeds ac­cord­ing to the GPU tem­per­a­ture in­stead of the CPU.

More im­por­tantly how­ever, the cool­ing so­lu­tion has been beefed up sig­nif­i­cantly, the bet­ter to ac­com­mo­date the rel­a­tively high fac­tory over­clocked speeds in OC Mode. The cooler has been com­pletely re­designed here, and we’re happy to see ASUS nally ditch the in­ef­fi­cient de­sign that put the heat­pipes in di­rect con­tact with the GPU.

This time, the six heat­pipes draw heat away from the GPU via a nickel-plated cop­per plate, and ASUS claims this de­sign ef­fec­tively dou­bles the con­tact area with the GPU for bet­ter heat trans­fer. ASUS calls this MaxCon­tact Tech­nol­ogy, so while the cop­per plate isn’t vis­i­bly larger, the com­pany says the sur­face is much at­ter, which is how it max­i­mizes the con­tact area.

The large heatsink also in­creases the sur­face area avail­able for heat dis­si­pa­tion, but its sheer thick­ness means that you’ll need a 2.5-slot al­lowance for it. Still, the same goes for most of its other com­peti­tors, so this is pretty much par for the course on 1080 Ti cus­tom cards. A diecast plate sits on top of the mem­ory chips and MOSFETs, com­plete with ther­mal pads to pro­vide some pas­sive cool­ing ca­pac­ity. The heatsink also fea­tures L-shaped ns to pro­vide more con­tact area with these pads, al­though you may have to sac­ri­fice some de­gree of air­flow com­pared to straight fins.

The semi-pas­sive fans have IP5X dust re­sis­tance for bet­ter longevity and re­li­a­bil­ity.

Two HDMI ports al­low you to use a VR head­set and HDMI mon­i­tor to­gether.

4-pin con­nec­tors at front of card

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