Gigabyte has launched the first graphics card of it AORUS series gaming brand which is GeForce GTX 1080. AORUS is a premium gaming brand from Gigabyte that makes high-end gaming products. The gaming products line up of Aorus includes laptops, motherboards, keyboard, mouse, earphones and now graphics cards. The first graphics card introduced by Gigabyte in the AORUS gaming series lineup is GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G. I think Gigabyte has made this move to compete with the Asus ROG STRIX series graphics cards that offers best gaming performance. Let us now talk about this AORUS GTX 1080 video card in detail.
GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G is a high-end end graphics card that comes with 8GB GDDR5X memory. It is based on the latest Pascal GPU architecture from Nvidia. You can play latest games at Ultra settings on 1440p and 4K at playable frame rates. The cooling unit on this AORUS graphics card is new and it is called WINDFORCE Stack cooling system. It also consist of three fans like WINDFORCE 3X cooling system present on GeForce GTX 1080 D5X 8G but Stack Cooler on AORUS is slightly bigger and has more copper heat pipes & copper plates for far more better cooling.
WINDFORCE Stack 3x cooling system has stack based design that dissipates heat much better and is cooled down by three 100mm fans. Due to this stack structure the height of the card is slightly is increased and it occupies almost 4 slots on your motherboard or PC case. There is a large copper base plate present which has direct contact with GPU and VRAM for efficient transfer of heat generated to the heatsink which increases its cooling performance. There is also a large metal plate present on the back side of the card that gives it strength and rigidity. On this metal back plate a copper back plate is also there for dissipating heat from the back side of card and increasing its cooling performance.
On the performance front the card is highly overclocked with base and boost frequencies same as the water cooled GTX 1080 from Gigabyte. The base and boost frequencies for GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G are as follows
Boost: 1936 MHz / Base: 1784 MHz in OC mode
Boost: 1898 MHz / Base: 1759 MHz in Gaming mode
Coming to reliability, the card has got Titan X-grade Chokes and Capacitors for Extreme Durability.
On the connectivity front GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G comes with 7 display output ports which means you can connect up to 7 monitors on it simultaneously. There are 3 HDMI ports, 3 DisplayPorts and 1 DVI port. Out of the 7 ports, 2 HDMI ports are reserved for connecting VR devices. The two HDMI ports for VR units are located on the inner side of the card. This is really great for users who wanted to build a powerful VR Gaming PC.
Just like Asus ROG STRIX series cards, Gigabyte has introduced the AORUS Outlook which gives the card 16.9M Customizable RGB lighting. You can customize the colors and lightning effects according to your choice.
Here is the comparison of GPU clock frequencies of Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 D5X 8G, ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G graphics cards.
|GTX 1080 GPU Clock (Base / Boost)||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 D5X 8G||ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080||GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G|
|GAMING Mode||1607 MHz / 1733 MHz||1759 MHz / 1898 MHz||1759 MHz / 1898 MHz|
|OC Mode||1632 MHz / 1771 MHz||1784 MHz / 1936 MHz||1784 MHz / 1936 MHz|
From the above table we can see that GPU clock frequencies of both Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1080 and Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 are same. Now we come the memory clock of both these cards.
|GTX 1080 Memory Clock||ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080||GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G|
|Gaming Mode||10206 MHz||10010 MHz|
|OC Mode||10400 MHz||10010 MHz|
From the above table you can see that Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 memory is much faster than the Asus ROG STIX one and this will definitely give Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 a definite edge in the gaming performance.
GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G Advantages
- Higher GPU & Memory Clock
- Higher Performance
- Better Cooling
- Dedicated VR HDMI Ports
- RGB LED Lighting Effects
GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS Specifications
Here are the specifications of the GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G graphics card.
|GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS xtreme edition 8G Specs
|GPU Clock||1784 / 1936 MHz (OC mode), 1759 / 1898 MHz (Gaming Mode)|
|Memory Clock||10010 MHz|
|Memory Size||8 GB GDDR5X|
|Bus Interface||PCI Express 3.0|
|Output Ports||3 x HDMI*, 3 x DP, 1 x DVI (*2 x HDMI VR)|
Well Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 is certainly a worthy competitor of the Asus ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 card. Both cards have same GPU clock frequencies in both Gaming and OC Mode so I think there will not be a major performance difference between the two. Obviously Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 will be a bit faster because of higher memory clock. I personally think that Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 is one of the fastest GTX 1080 cards around. The pricing is yet to come from the Gigabyte which I think will be the ultimate deciding factor between these two giant GTX 1080 cards.