GIGABYTE's Aorus brand is ready for next-gen GPUs

GIGABYTE's freshly launched Aorus brand is ready for next-gen Vega GPUs and the GTX 1080 Ti.

Published Mon, Jan 16 2017 6:33 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

GIGABYTE kicked some serious graphics card ass in 2016 with their solid Xtreme Gaming series, but the company is shifting gears into the Aorus brand.

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The first Aorus-based graphics card will be the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition, slightly modified from the Xtreme Gaming series card. The Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition features clocks of 1784/1936MHz for base and boost, respectively.

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The usual 8GB of GDDR5X is here at the standard 10GHz, with 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors that will ensure the Aorus GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition will smash past 2GHz on a GPU overclock. But now we'll talk about how the Aorus version is different to the Xtreme Gaming version.

We have an awesome black, silver and orange style across the cooling shroud, and copper finish on the back that surrounds the GPU block. The cooler is virtually identical to that of the Xtreme Gaming card, with three fans cooling down the graphics card.

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Aorus has added RGB spectrum software that will let you control the lighting on the card, with display connectivity including 1 x HDMI 2.0, 3 x DisplayPort, and 1 x DVI. Aorus looks after VR gamers with 2 x additional HDMI 2.0 connectors on the back of the card, that connect through to a VR headset and/or a TV.

Aorus is preparing for a massive year, with the price of their upcoming GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition to be hitting around $799. As for the rest of the year, expect more GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 variants under the Aorus brand, as well as the upcoming GTX 1080 Ti - and the next-gen Vega graphics cards from AMD coming in May.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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