AORUS kicks off its new line of graphics cards with the GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G and an overclocked GPU, with two modes: Gaming and OC mode. Gaming mode will clock the GPU at 1759/1898MHz for base and boost, respectively, while the OC mode will overclock things up to 1784/1936MHz for base and boost, respectively.
Personally, I don't like massive graphics cards unless there's a reason - and GIGABYTE provides that reason with the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G. We have a gigantic cooler that looks ridiculous, but it keeps the graphics card nice and cool through the toughest loads. I was throwing the card through 1440p 165Hz testing, and it wasn't breaking a sweat.
The 3 x 100mm fans that are on the card look menacing, but they keep the card cool - anything under 60C, and the fans won't spin. That's how I like my high-end/enthusiast gaming - fast, but quiet. There's no need for big cards with massive fans to be loud because the AORUS cooling tech is more than good enough at its job.
AORUS uses a large copper base plate on the GPU and VRAM, which is why it's so damn wide, but it has enough heat pipes to keep the entire GPU and VRAM cool, even when it's overclocked.
The difference between the GPU copper plate/metal plate with a thermal pad and just the metal plate is there - and it's a huge difference.
AORUS cooling uses an 'alternative spinning fan design' where the middle fan spins in the reverse direction, a method that optimizes the airflow that allows for improved heat dissipation - keeping those temps as low as they can go.
We also have double ball bearing structure, with an improved heat endurance and efficiency over sleeve structure, leading to longer lasting graphics cards.
AORUS includes a LED fan indicator on the top of the graphics card, so if the GPU doesn't reach its desired temperature - the fans will stop, thus - FAN STOP as the LED.
One of the better features that AORUS goes for with their GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G is the inclusion of an extra two HDMI 2.0 ports.
These two additional HDMI 2.0 ports can be used to connect VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to the graphics card which lets you hook up four monitors total.
Another nice touch is the LED power indicators, which will be white if the PCIe power connectors are disconnected, and they'll blink when your PSU is acting up.
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