AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G Graphics Card Overview
The AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G Graphics Card is definitely a large card. It is 293 mm long, a 2.5-slot card and is pretty heavy. So you are going to want to keep that in mind when choosing a case if you are doing a new build with this card. The GPUs for this card go through AORUS’s GPU Gauntlet sorting process, so only the strongest GPUs survive. This card has two main modes, it will ship to you in OC mode, which put the GPU at a base clock of 1607 MHz and will boost up to 1721 MHz. Then there is OC mode that you can enable with the AORUS software that will have the card set at a 1632 MHz base and GPU boost of 1746 MHz.
The card has quite a beefy cooling solution, the WindForce Stack 3X. It is made up of a large shroud on top of three 100 mm fans, which sit on a dual heatsink with multiple heatpipes, and then finally a large copper base plate that covers not only the GPU, but the memory as well. The three 100 mm fans are actually stacked so the two outer fans sit on top of the center fan. This not only allows for the card to be shorter, but provide a 10% better cooling performance. The middle fan will actually spin in a reverse direction to optimize the airflow to dissipate the heat more effective for accomplishing higher performance at a lower temperature. These fans will actually turn off when the card is not under load, cutting down system noise and power consumption. At the center of the shroud you’ll find an AORUS logo with RGB light bars coming off it it. You will be able to control these with the AORUS software.
Taking a look at the card from the side we can see how thick the heatsinks are, remember this is a 2.5-slot card. On the side that will show out from your motherboard there is a large AORUS logo and a fan stop indication, both will light up with RGB lighting. You can also see the two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. For those wondering the card does have a custom PCB with a 12+2 phase design.
At the end of the card there is a front-facing HDMI port. This is great for cases or accessories that have HDMI ports on them as you can easily connect here without going outside of the case.
The card has a full backplate on it with some unique features. First there is a very large AORUS logo at the end of the card. It will light up with RGB lighting and since it is faced up, you will be able to see it pretty well if you have a window on your case. Above where your GPU is located is a large copper plate, this helps even more with cooling, and the copper just looks awesome!
Finally we come around to the rear of the card and the display outputs, we have three DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0b, and a single DVI-D.