At the beginning of this review we asked, is this the Ultimate GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card? After spending time with this card it definitely contends for that title, there is quite a lot to like about this card.
When it comes to performance this card crushed it in all of our tests, it is the best performing card we’ve ever tested here at ThinkComputers. The GTX 1080 Ti itself is the best consumer-based graphics card currently available. If you are looking to do 4K gaming this card is definitely the right choice, and it is a card that will last you a very long time. As you saw in our testing the card has quite a large performance improvement over the GTX 1080 and since this card is factory overclocked you are going to see a performance increase over the reference GTX 1080 Ti as well. Let’s just say this card is a beast!
One of the things I was really impressed with when it came to this card was the cooling system. The WindForce Stack 3X really does its job well. Temperatures were definitely kept in check and keep in mind that is with a pretty hefty factory overclock as well. The cooler was actually very quiet too, if you have this inside of your case you are barely going to hear it. The cooler and the entire card itself is quite beefy. It is a 2.5 slot card and weighs quite a bit, so you might want to get a support for the card or be sure to get a motherboard that has reinforced PCI-Express slots.
One thing I would suggest when you get this card is updating the BIOS. The card seemed to be unstable with the F3 BIOS, and it seems many people have had this issue with their card. Out of the box our card was unstable in some benchmarks. After the update to the new BIOS the card was completely stable. Updating the BIOS is easy, but it is one extra thing you have to do before you can start gaming.
This is 2017, the year of RGB so you can’t release a high-end graphics card that does not have RGB lighting. There are three different spots on this card that have RGB lighting and will definitely add some bling to the inside of your case. The RGB lighting is easily controlled with the AORUS software, or if you have a Gigabyte / AORUS motherboard you can control it with the RGB Fusion software. It would have been nice if the three different RGB sections could have been controlled independently though.
Right now this card is selling for $769.99 at our favorite online retailer, which puts it at only a $70 premium over the Founder’s Edition GTX 1080 Ti. And you are getting a faster card, with better cooling, and some pretty sweet RGB LEDs. AORUS is also backing this card with a 4-year warranty.
At the end of the day if you are eyeing a GTX 1080 Ti this is one we would totally recommend! Overall ThinkComputers gives the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G Graphics Card a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Great performance
– Two factory overclocked modes
– Amazing cooling solution
– Quiet operation
– RGB lighting
– Easy to use software
– 4-year warranty
– Card was unstable until we updated the BIOS
– Heavy card that takes up 2.5 slots