ASUS GTX 1080 Strix Hands-On: 8+2 VRM, Case Fan Controls | Computex

By Published May 31, 2016 at 1:35 am
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Computex is one of the few shows that meshes with unscheduled drive-bys. We made an unplanned stop at the ASUS ROG booth to get hands-on with the company's new GTX 1080 Strix card, targeted slightly toward overclockers and enthusiast users.

The ASUS GTX 1080 Strix ships with a pre-overclock applied, so the card operates at 1936MHz in “OC mode” and 1898MHz in “Gaming mode” (all caps optional). That's a fair increase over the ~1733MHz boosted speed of the reference GTX 1080 from nVidia. Like MSI with its Twin Frozr VI Z-series card, nVidia has increased the VRM phase count to 8+2 – rather than the 5+1 reference phases or MSI's 10+1 phasing – and leverages this voltage regulation improvement to sustain stable overclocks. We were not able to live OC the Strix card, though.

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ASUS has opted for a custom PCB for its 1080 Strix, and also – again, like MSI and other vendors – mounts an additional 6-pin power header to the board. That grants fully another 75W for the GPU, but still doesn't resolve VBIOS / voltage limitations. The GTX 1080 Strix will use a custom VBIOS, but we were not told at interview time if this would allow noteworthy overvolting.

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The card uses ASUS' DirectCU III cooler and the “wing-blade” fans. We're not sure on the thermal performance over reference. Sort of unique, ASUS also has PWM fan ports on the right side of the card, which allows the GPU to control the fans (rather than the CPU) based on need.

Aura lighting is present on the card, providing underglow through the shroud and lighting that lines the backplate.

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We do not yet have price or the release date.

In case you're wondering, the enclosure containing the GTX 1080 Strix is also an ASUS product – the XG Station II, an external GPU enclosure that communicates with laptops via the Thunderbolt protocol.

More news and products as the show unfolds.

Editorial: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
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Last modified on May 31, 2016 at 1:35 am
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Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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