Product: Gigabyte Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti
Price: 876$
Best Place To Buy: eBay.com
Warranty: 3 Years
Rating: 9/10


Introduction

 

Gaming at high resolutions is a great experience. If you have noticed the difference between 1080p, 1440p and 2160p (4K), you can confirm that gaming on high-resolution monitors is a totally different experience. I still remember playing on a 1024×768 laptop monitor 10 years back. Times have changed dramatically since then. For many years, 1920×1080 was (and still is to some point) the standard resolution the majority of gamers play on.

However, with the recent upgrade in graphical power provided by GPU manufacturers like Nvidia and AMD, graphics cards are capable of handling even higher resolutions than 1080p with little to no effort. That is why 2560×1440 (1440p) has become widely popular amongst gamers and many have upgraded their old 1080p monitors for a better visual experience. 1440p gaming looks spectacular in comparison to standard Full HD resolution and is not that graphically demanding.

4K resolution, on the other hand, is a totally different story because 4K is extremely taxing on the GPU and only very high-end cards can keep up with it. Only Pc Enthusiasts opt for 4K monitors and, in order to support 4K, they need a very capable and expensive graphics card. A Gtx 1080 Ti is, by no means, a good choice for the average gamer.

A Gtx 1080 Ti is mandatory if you want to be able to game at this resolution. The Gtx 1080 Ti can, most of the time, stay above the 60 fps mark and, therefore, provide a great and smooth gaming experience. The problem is that there is a huge variety of 1080Tis to choose from. MSI, EVGA, Gigabyte, and ZOTAC all have their own excellent aftermarket 1080TIs.

Below, we will take a look at Gigabyte’s version of the 1080Ti, the Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti, what I think is the best 1080Ti version you can buy and the most appropriate one for 4k gaming.


 

Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti –  Specifications

The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti features a base clock of 1480 Mhz. The overclocking utility features a gaming mode with a core clock of 1569 Mhz and an OC mode with a core clock of 1594 Mhz. The card comes equipped with 11010 Mhz of GDDR5x Memory, a352-bit Memory Bus and supports a resolution up to 7680×4320. The card is based on Nvidia’s latest GPU architecture, Pascal, which is highly efficient in terms of power consumption.

The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti is DirectX 12 compatible and needs at least a 600 W power supply in order to get enough power. Two 8 – pin connectors are mandatory to power up the card, so if your power supply does not have two 8-pin connectors, I recommend you buy a new PSU before spending 700$ on a new GPU.

The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti is a 3-slot card and is not designed to fit in mini ATX systems. A mid-tower or full tower is necessary to fit the card properly. This card is huge and thick and has 3x100mm Windforce fans which provide excellent all-around cooling. The fans will not turn on until a specific temperature is reached, maximizing the life expectancy of the fans, which will only turn on when you are gaming or streaming. In scenarios like browsing, the fans will not turn on at all and you can tell when the fans are on by the LED fan indicator on the top of the card.  Gigabyte not only provides excellent and power efficient fans but has also implemented a back and front copper plate to transfer heat effectively to the heatsink.

The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti has been designed for maximum cooling performance on the exterior and interior of the card, providing the lowest temperatures possible even after many hours of gaming. The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti competes with MSI’s Gtx 1080 Ti in terms of cooling and temperatures with the latter being the coolest Gtx 1080 Ti version on the market.

Display Port and Dual HDMI Connectors

The Aorus Gtx 1080 features 3 Display Ports and dual HDMI 2.0 connectors as well as a front-facing HDMI port on the other side of the card, below the heat pipes, for extra connectivity.


 

Design, Software and RGB Lighting

Metal Backplate with Aorus Logo

The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti features a large “X” on the front and a beautiful metal plate on the

back to ensure maximum protection. Gigabyte provided its own software to tweak clock and memory speeds, voltages, fans, color effects and power targets. The Aorus Graphics Engine is an excellent all-in-one tool letting you customize everything to your liking. You can choose between 4 overclocking modes, “Overclock”, ” Gaming”, “User” and “Silent”. Overclock and Gaming are factory overclocks, Silent is, essentially, the base core clock, while User mode lets you manually overclock the graphics card to get the most performance out of it.

Aorus Graphics Engine Software

Nvidia’s GPU Boost 3.0 makes overclocking an automated process by adjusting core clocks according to the cooling capacity and temperatures of your system. GPU Boost 3.0 will automatically overclock the core clock to the maximum and then gradually turn it down as GPU temperatures rise so the card stays below the set power target. The Aorus Graphics Engine also gives you the option to increase the power target, but this will also increase the total power consumption.

You can choose between 16,7M color options and a huge variety of color effects to tweak the visual aspect of the card according to your liking. 5 color effects are available: 

  • Cyclinggoes through all the colors in a row
  • “Consistent” shows a specific color
  • “Flash” displays the chosen color in a flashing effect
  • “Double flash” displays the chosen color in a double flashing effect
  • “Breathing” the color fades in and out

 

Performance

Every Gtx 1080 Ti version provides approximately the same gaming performance, temperatures and noise are the deciding factors. The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti is a beast when it comes to temperatures and will maintain low temperatures throughout your gaming sessions thanks to its 3×100 m coolers. Below, you see a video uploaded by Gamers Nexus, a great Youtube channel reviewing the Aorus’ Gtx 1080 Ti power consumption, thermal output, noise levels and temperatures. If I have not convinced you yet that the Aorus is the best 1080 Ti version maybe this video will. Also, make sure to subscribe to Gamers Nexus channel because his content is amazing and very informational. He is also very detailed in his analysis.

 

Conclusion

If you have decided to get a Gtx 1080 Ti to compliment your 4K monitor but were not sure which version to buy, I hope that I have made your choice much easier. In order to play games in 4K resolution, you can not go with a less powerful card than the Gtx 1080 Ti. If you want to know what graphics card to buy for 1080p or 1440p resolutions, check out my post here where I recommend graphics cards for each resolution and refresh rate. If you have second thoughts about buying a high refresh rate monitor, you should take a look at this link where I write about the differences between 60 Hz and 144 Hz monitors.

The Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti is an impressive card in all aspects. Performance, cooling capabilities, noise or visuals there is nothing missing from this card. The only reason why I am not giving the Aorus Gtx 1080 Ti a perfect score is because it is massive and will not fit in all cases, which means that, if you intend to build a mini-ATX system you would be better off looking at smaller 1080 Ti versions.


 

If you liked my review make sure to leave a comment or contact me at johnb@johnpchardware in case I have not answered all your questions in this post. What Gtx 1080 Ti version do you prefer and why? Let me know by leaving a comment below.