The Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G; worth the extra $50?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 9, 2017 - 01:16 PM |
Tagged: gigabyte, aorus, 1080 ti, Xtreme Edition 11G, factory overclocked

Gigabyte's Aorus branded GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G just arrived on our Hardware Leaderboard, not in small part due to this review at The Tech Report.  The card utilizes the same triple fans moving air over five copper heat pipes combined with a mess of fins and a large copper plate as the non-Ti Xtreme card we have seen previously.  That cooler allows the card to be clocked at 1632MHz base, 1746MHz Boost with memory hitting over 2.8GHz right out of the box and with Afterburner you can reach even higher.  TR's testing shows that this does have a noticeable effect on performance compared to the Founder's Edition cards.

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"Aorus' GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G promises to unshackle the GP102 GPU from the constraints of a reference board. We run this card through our gauntlet of performance and noise testing to see whether it's worth the premium over Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition."

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May 9, 2017 | 01:25 PM - Posted by CNote

What no third 8 pin? That's what all the cool kids are doing.

May 9, 2017 | 08:48 PM - Posted by Genova84

What is this? "No noticeable increase in performance,"

What about:

In every other part of our testing gauntlet, the XE 11G passed with flying colors. Aorus' triple-fan cooler is still one of the quietest and best-sounding I've ever tested. The company's upgraded power-delivery circuitry let me overclock both the GPU and memory on our particular card without running into power limits as I did on the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition. It's quieter and better-sounding than the FE card with the screws turned, too. With that tweaking, the Xtreme Edition 11G may be the single best-performing graphics card that's ever passed through the TR labs.

May 10, 2017 | 12:28 AM - Posted by CNote

BTW the HW leader board needs a low end refresh since a g4600 blows away the A10-7860K for like $10 cheaper.

May 10, 2017 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Ya it does, still trying to get a good mix of components that are both newer and better.  Still looking at HD Graphics 630 perfomance as I want to keep the GPU optional.

May 10, 2017 | 03:22 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

But do you get 10% Performance?
Also price will crash when Vega is out.
Indeed Nvidia will be revealing their next gen chips
sometime today.

399 is the max for a high end card.
As it stands these cards are nearly double that.

May 11, 2017 | 12:41 AM - Posted by Godrilla

History usually repeats itself, look at figi launch and expect a similar outcome. Nvidia is well positioned at at all tiers and even upcoming 11 GHz and 9 GHz vram cards is bad news for AMD with low Vega yields rumored I don't see a price wars anytime soon, maybe end of year when yields improve and only in the 1080 to 1060 areas.

May 13, 2017 | 01:03 AM - Posted by ddferrari

10%? the $50 premium over FE is SEVEN percent. And yes, it is 7% faster. It also comes with a four year warranty vs three (or less) for every other brand. It also destroys the FE card in both cooling and noise levels. If you can't afford $750, you can't afford $700 either.

"399 is the max for a high end card." I don't know how you 'decided' that- but get real. My five year old 670 cost $399 and there was still the 680 and 690 above it.

BTW these things are flying off the shelves.

May 10, 2017 | 07:44 AM - Posted by Genova84

"Price will crash when Vega is out," made me lol. Keep dreaming for that $400 top of the line GPU. Let me know how it works out.

May 11, 2017 | 12:36 AM - Posted by Godrilla

Figi launched at $649. So vega at 16000 units initially will sell for double through second hand resellers. Nvidia doesn't have to do anything yields are rumored extremely poor hence the low launch numbers.