ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card Review

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 isn’t limited to XBOX or PlayStation only as more and more graphics cards approaching the market. 😉GTA1080 Review

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.

With the success of GTX1050, GTX1060, and GTX1070, a way has been paved by Nvidia to come up with another powerful graphics card and that is Asus GTX 1080.

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.”

Specs:

Let’s overview some specification details quickly before getting into design and features.

Name Nvidia GTX 1080
Brand Asus
Color Gold
Interface PCI-E
Graphics Coprocessor Nvidia GeForce
RAM 8 GB
RAM Type GDDR5
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

Design:

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.

The larger size comes as result of an additional component—Aluminum Sink, which dissipates more heat to cool system quickly. This sink is fairly large and covers a great deal of space.The back plate has ROG (Republic of Gamers) logo as it is ASUS’ partner in making this card.

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.

Features:

RAM & Power ConsumptionCUDA CoresFan & HDMI Ports
Amazingly, this graphics card comes up with 8 GB of RAM which is more than enough for smooth gameplay. Nvidia has employed Pascal technology to improve graphical performance. Pascal technology actually means the using of smaller processors in greater number to boost up the efficiency. Increasing number of processors also divides the overall load, thus making the power consumption very low.
Additionally, they also have increased the number of CUDA cores too which is 2560 in total. It is a great deal of improvement over its predecessors which were around some 2000 cores. Furthermore, clock speed has risen up to 1600 MHz. All of this upgradation has also made an impact on power usage and price. It’s no surprise why this model has a hefty price tag.
ASUS claims that this card is 30% cooler thanks to aluminum sink and 3X quiet due to uniform fan movement. All three fans distribute the load and make the process smoother and quieter. Moreover, we have VR ready HDMI ports to make our way to virtual reality gaming experience.

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.

Performance:

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.

GTA V
Grand Theft Auto is known to be the best game in gang war category and it comes up with some of the heavy graphics. Shooting and driving are difficult tasks, in my opinion, therefore I took performance reading from there. At full HD, there was no lag in graphics and everything ran very smooth. It ran at an average of 50 frames per second at this level.

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.

Rise of Tomb Raider
The rise of Tomb Raider makes some extra usage of GPU which isn’t easy to handle for an average card. But still, it isn’t that much heavy game when we compare it to other big titles. For full HD gameplay, we had no issues. Same is pretty much true with 4K where 1070 was lagging a little bit. I was surprised to see extruded frames rate of 120 in HD.

Battlefield
Now Battlefield is something really interesting. It offers some of the fastest graphical changes to we need a very good card to cope with it. At full HD, we have an average frame rate of 46 which reduced to 33 at 4K. For HD quality, the result was similar to 1070 but 1070 failed miserably at 4K gaming where it fell below 25 fps.

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.

Conclusion:

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.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080
8.8

DESIGN

8/10

OVERHEAT

9/10

SPEED

10/10

RESOLUTION

9/10

Overall

8/10

Pros

  • 1936 MHz Boost Clock
  • 4K and VR Ready with dual HDMI 2.0 ports
  • New ASUS FanConnect
  • Aura RGB Lighting on both backplate and shroud

Cons

  • None

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Written by Addison Aiken

Addison Aiken is a reporter at GadgetSkull focused on diversity, inclusion and social justice. He previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry. He is graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

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