The ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Strix is the first custom 1080 Ti that reached our test lab. It is not just a custom 1080 Ti, but in many ways a radical change in the design of ASUS graphics cards. We take a look at the new features and of course we tested the Strix thoroughly.
It is a classical battle with the new high-end Nvidia model – who will release their own custom version first? MSI was the first with the GTX 1080, but this time their rival ASUS was first in line. That does not mean they rushed the job – aside from a new cooler the PCB went through a complete redesign in comparison with the Nvidia Founders Edition.
The 1080 Ti has been available for about a week now and is comparable with the Titan X Pascal that was released last year. The differences in configuration are relatively small: the 1080 Ti has slightly less memory and a smaller memory bus, but comes with higher clockspeeds. The price difference – about 860 dollars for the 1080 Ti versus more than 1400 dollars for the Titan X – is so high that the 1080 Ti will be a lot more interesting for gamers.
If we compare the Strix with the reference card, the ASUS has higher clockspeeds. The boost speed for the GPU is 1683 MHz, exactly 100 MHz more than the Founders Edition. The memory is not overclocked. With the supplied software you can turn on an ‘OC-mode’, where the GPU- and memory clockspeeds go up by about 25 MHz.
At the time of writing we do not have any information about the prices of the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Strix. It will take at least a few weeks before the card is available.