The GTX 1080Ti has been available for a couple of weeks now but only in reference/Founders Edition form so far. However, as we have previously reported, custom cards are on the way and today, ASUS officially lifted the curtain on its upcoming GTX 1080Ti STRIX Edition, along with its out of the box clock speeds and details on the cooler’s performance compared to reference cards.
The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080Ti aims to offer up to five percent additional performance in 3DMark Fire Strike and as well as various levels of improvement in games. For Honor was tested specifically, with the Strix version performing 5.7 percent better than the Founders Edition at stock speeds. This is achieved with an out of the box overclock of 1708MHz with GPU boost.
Aside higher clock speeds, a custom-cooled solution will also yield much improved thermal performance. The ROG Strix cooler used here uses an all-new MaxContact cooling technology, using a copper heat-spreader with a ten times flatter surface area and twice as much contact area with the GPU compared to traditional heat spreaders. This allows for better heat transfer, which when coupled with the Strix’s three wing-blade 0dB fans, brings 30 percent lower temperatures.
Aside from that, this card will include two HDMI ports so users can connect a display and a VR headset at the same time. This particular GPU will retail for around the £800 mark here in the UK and will start shipping in late March.