Let’s Review ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card!
The way Nvidia has taken over the chipset market is remarkably amazing and it won’t be wrong to say it is at top of the wish list when we talk about PC gaming.
Gaming laptops are also making their way into gaming industry but they are heavily priced and aren’t a good option for the budget-oriented gamer.
PCs alone can’t handle the graphics of heavy games but a dedicated graphics card can easily bear the gaming load. In the world of gaming cards, Nvidia holds a distinction thanks to its wide variety of cards available.
ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card:
Asus GTX 1080 is a flagship graphics card that supports 4K gaming. It is one of the most powerful graphics card released by Nvidia till date with 320 Gbps of the bandwidth of memory and 2560 CUDA cores. After successive attempts to previous graphics cards, Nvidia has come up with one of the most expensive gaming graphics solutions. Asus has introduced GTX 1080 as follows:
After successive attempts to previous graphics cards, Nvidia has come up with one of the most expensive gaming graphics solutions. Asus has introduced GTX 1080 as follows:
“ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 gaming graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III Technology with Patented Wing-Blade Fans for 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance, and Industry-only Auto-Extreme Technology for premium quality and the best reliability. Aura RGB Lighting with Modular Shroud enables a gaming system personalization and VR-friendly HDMI ports let gamers easily enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences. ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 also has GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster that provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.”
Let’s overview some specification details quickly before getting into design and features.
|Name||Nvidia GTX 1080|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Nvidia GeForce|
|Dimensions||3.5 x 16 x 9.2 in|
|Memory Bus Width||256 bits|
|Memory Clock Speed||1936 MHz|
|Max Screen Resolution||7680 x 4320|
Originally black in color accompanied by three fans, Nvidia GTX 1080 has one of the biggest designs I have ever seen.
Overall, the body is thermally protected to keep the card safe in the hot environment. This is mainly necessary for heavy gaming when normal PCs have to struggle with graphics and they easily get heated. All three fans are 90 mm in size and dust resistant.
Other than that, we have RGB lights which are considered as a normal component of the gaming system. These lights are located at backplate and around cooler. A graphics card has nothing to do with its design because we are concerned with its performance only. Designs are only discussed when they are either large or compact. Usually, compact designs are preferred to keep everything into the limit.
In simple words, GTX 1080 has many upgradations over its predecessors which makes it one of the most powerful graphical solution till now. We have yet to test the performance and it’s better to do that before making an assumption.
In order to test the claims by ASUS, we have to do some testing on big titles. I am going with GTA V, Rise of Tomb Raider and Battlefield at this moment. Also, I will be comparing the card’s performance with Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070 to keep things in balance.
4K gaming was, however, a difficult task to handle for this card. I wasn’t expecting that but at some points, there were low frames up to 28 fps too. In comparison to that, GTX 1070 couldn’t even cope with 4K as it isn’t designed for that. I won’t say overall performance is satisfactory but still, it is okay.
One thing I almost forgot to mention is the temperature and noise effect. GTX 1080 managed to control the temperature up to 70 degrees thanks to an enhanced sinker that is bigger in size. Furthermore, three fans made it sure that even at higher visuals, there was no considerable noise. GTA V, however, is an exception which made it struggling at 4K which is quite obvious.
So, it is pretty much clear that GTX 1080 surely has an upper hand over 1070. It was 25% faster than its predecessor and handled 4K gaming at a good level. So, it is a perfect graphics card in my opinion.
There are few things which I must say are creating problems:
- First of all, it is a little bit bigger in size and could not easily fit into the system. I had to make some adjustments.
- Finally, it is an expensive card and with all these features you might already have guessed it.
In my opinion, gaming is good at HD resolution and 4K is way too much for an average gamer. If you are willing to spend some bucks to experience quality gaming, this one is definitely a good choice.