ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Testing Methodology

ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review

Test Setup

ASUS GTX 1080 Strix
Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair ROG Dominator Platinum 3200
Corsair RM100i
Corsair LX 512GB OS
Corsair LS 480GB x2 Raid0 Games
Corsair H100i
Windows 10   

Overclocking and Testing Methodology

Whether you're a regular reader of OC3D or just passing through, you'll know that we've spent years extolling the virtues of overclocking, seeking ways to bring the performance benefits to everybody, whether an experienced enthusiast or a brand-new PC owner. 

Our primary desire has always been to dispel the myth of overclocking as something that is both a black art and dangerous. In recent years manufacturers have been following this path of opening overclocking to the masses. With the last generation of nVidia GPUs and their GPU Boost 2.0 we saw drastically diminishing returns from our overclocking efforts, such was the excellence of nVidias driver solution. GPU Boost 3.0 improves the already excellent driver-based overclocking until it's nearly indistinguishable from our own. Rather than spend days tweaking and testing to only achieve an additional 50MHz, and force you to take up more of your busy lives reading carbon-copy results, we're solely utilising the automatic overclocking for the foreseeable future.

This has three main benefits. Firstly it gives you results that you'll achieve, freed from the worry that your model wont achieve the same overclock. Secondly, it frees up our time to bring you a wider variety of product reviews, and lastly it makes our graphs easier to read by simplifying them.

Speaking of simplification we've taken the opportunity afforded to us by the move to Windows 10 and DirectX 12 to refresh our gaming test suite. This, of course, means that we've got some titles with just today's Strix review in the graph but there is no point in having titles which are unreflective of modern gaming just for the sake of having old comparison results. Eventually you have to bite the bullet and move on. We have, however, retained some of our older results so that you can draw a clear performance line between the last generation and this.

ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review  

ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review

In case you were in any doubt of the wisdom of this course of action, look at the enormous numbers available above when you get your hands dirty overclocking the card manually. 2.1GHz Core clock at a mere 70°C. If that doesn't have you reaching for your wallet then nothing will. What is more surprising though is the image below. The GPUBoost3 actually boosts the card to 2050MHz without having to touch a thing. Yes thats correct, manual overclocking only got us an extra 60MHz, this is great news for some and will disappoint others. What camp are you in?

ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Review  

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Most Recent Comments

07-06-2016, 14:54:28

I have to say I'm impressed! Right from the beginning I was very negative about this card due to the issues with the 980 Ti version with the sagging and the cooler design. It seems ASUS fixed that with this version and the 2 x PWM headers are a godsent!

It's certainly a card I will consider now, even though I did say I was probably going for the EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid, I'm really not so sure anymore. Granted a hybrid version of the Strix would have been lovely, but in the end water cooling is just a luxury thing and it's something I can always consider adding later on with an EK block and Predator AIO to keep things simple.Quote

07-06-2016, 15:46:07

I personally prefer the look of the previous Strix, but the fact that this is truly RGB makes it a lot more enticing. I'm looking forward to seeing what ASUS do with AMD Vega in this Strix DC3 version. That should be a lovely update.Quote

07-06-2016, 15:47:45

Great review TTL. You put in a serious amount of work in your reviews. I must admit I was hoping for greater overclocking headroom. We might be seeing the ceiling on the GTX 1080 cards already.Quote

07-06-2016, 17:02:38

Pretty impressive numbers especially next to the Nedvidia Flanders Edition, I'm looking forward to seeing more 3rd party offerings now.


07-06-2016, 17:47:50

Was there ever a noise section?

All in all it was very underwhelming for me personally. Expected a lot more from the shrink..Quote

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