Not so long ago we were introduced to the flagship modification of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 from ASUS, namely the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC, which delighted not only high performance quality, performance and quiet cooling system, but also quite a high level of factory overclocking.
At this same time we look at a very similar modification – ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING Advanced Edition, is offered with a slightly lower price tag than the version mentioned above. What is the difference between them, and how critical it is for the discerning user? On this later, but for now let’s look at its detailed specifications.
The card comes in the familiar box made of cardboard and decorated with quality printing. On the front side denotes the ability to activate a gift for lovers of the game World of Warships, which includes an invite code (for new players) to activate the protected cruisers “Diana” and 15 days a premium access. The only difference between the two packages marked cards is the lack of consideration OC Edition models logo on one side, instead of which flaunts inscription Advanced Edition.
A list of system requirements for the computer on which you plan to install a video accelerator, is located on one side of the box. Based on the recommendations, the power supply shall have a capacity not less than 500 W, to give at least 42 A on the + 12V line and support one 8-pin and one 6-pin power cables PCIe.
Package also is identical to that of the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX GAMING OC 1080 and includes paper documentation, CD with drivers and utilities, two ties for cables and power adapter.
To display an image on the test adapter uses a modified set of interfaces:
1 x DVI-D;
2 x HDMI;
2 x DisplayPort.
Recall that the reference version uses only one HDMI port and three DisplayPort. In this case, however, ASUS has decided to go to meet the owners of VR-devices, giving them two HDMI ports.
The appearance of the video card is identical to that of the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC. The same applies to the power supply subsystem (using amplified 8 + 2 phase design) and the element base, which corresponds to the original concept of Super Alloy Power II and includes only high quality components: solid and tantalum-polymer capacitors, IR3555M circuits and inductors with ferrite core . This improves the stability and reliability of the graphics in general, and also prolongs its life.
To test the power of the graphic adapter is used slot PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot and two PCIe (6- and 8-pin) on the side of the board. In turn, the Standard version costs only one 8-pin connector. Due to their strategic location cooler does not difficult trip PCIe cable.
In order to provide NVIDIA SLI technology is used to connect the corresponding connectors bridges.
As in the case of the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC, reverse side is covered with enough new items a massive base plate.
In the rear sheltered two 4-pin connectors for case fans, realizing technology ASUS FanConnect. The speed of rotation will drive the GPU, not the CPU, so the mode of operation is determined by the temperature on the GPU.
The news is based on NVIDIA GP104-400-A1 chip, which is produced by 16-nm process technology. It consists of 2560 CUDA cores, 160 texture units and 64 ROP units. Testing was conducted in «Gaming» mode, in which the base frequency of the graphics processor is increased from the nominal 1607 to 1671 MHz, and dynamic – from 1734 to 1810 MHz. If desired, the ASUS GPU Tweak II utility can be activated modes «OC», «Silent» or create profiles with their own settings. Incidentally, it was laid down in the high-speed performance is manifested first significant difference between the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING Advanced Edition and ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC: in the second model factory overclock a little higher.
Memory, the total volume of 8 GB, recruited with the help of eight GDDR5X-chip company Micron’s, who work at the recommended effective frequency 10010 MHz. The communication between the graphics core and memory through a 256-bit bus, which is capable of flowing 320.3 GB of information per second.
Separately Highlight ASUS AURA system. With proprietary software, you can synchronize it with the same illumination on motherboards from ASUS. She herself provides the user with millions of different colors and six modes, including the ability to change color depending on GPU temperature.
We have not dismantled the card, so as not to violate the warranty, but, apparently, used a similar design of the cooler DirectCU III, like the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC. Recall that it consists of a two-section sufficiently large heatsink structure in which 69 and 73 are applied transversely spaced aluminum plates with three axial fans 88 mm diameter impeller and a plastic housing, which covers the entire structure above. Also for uniform heat distribution across the heat sink area applied five copper heat pipes, four 8 mm and a 6 mm.
The automatic regulation of fan rotation speed of the blades, in the maximum load, the graphics core was heated to 70 ° C cooler working and 53% of its maximum capacity. The noise at the same time was below average and totally comfortable. Recall that the model of cooler ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX GAMING OC 1080 in the same time showed almost identical results.
Under the maximum fan speed GPU temperature dropped to 58 ° C. Published at the same time the noise exceeded the average level of comfort, and left the frame. A similar result was obtained in the process of testing ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC.
With no load operating frequency of the GPU and memory automatically lowered, leading to a reduction in the power consumption and heat dissipation. In this mode, GPU temperature did not exceed 46 ° C. Note that the fan starts only after reaching the mark of 57 ° C, so in moments of downtime graphics just do not disturb you unnecessary noise.
As a result, the cooler DirectCU III adapter ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING Advanced Edition (ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING) proved to be a very positive side, providing a large supply and low power graphics core temperature even at maximum load. As for the noise, the everyday use you will hardly be able to hear the card against other components.
Graphics card ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING Advanced Edition (ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING) is a little more affordable version of the previously reviewed ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC. The most significant difference between them is the level of factory overclocking, which is a novelty in the test below. This will allow experienced overclockers to save money on the purchase of, achieving the desired frequency on their own. With regard to the actual difference in performance between them, it is about 2%.
For the rest, in the presence of all the same advantages as that of the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC, namely the original lights ASUS AURA, the qualitative element base, the ability to select the operating mode in the utility ASUS GPU Tweak II, excellent cooling system DirectCU III with plenty of power and low noise, as well as a whole is very nice design.
As a result, ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING Advanced Edition, like the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING OC, is an excellent choice for flagship gaming system focused on the resolution of 4K.
Separately, a few lines will pay NVIDIA SLI mode. Purchase of two-level NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards in 1080 does not guarantee you will absolutely improve performance in all games. In some projects it reaches 50%, in others – 70-112%, and even decline in 20-30% could be in the third. This variation is explained solely by the desire and ability of developers to optimize their designs for NVIDIA SLI bundle features.