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AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G Review (Page 9)

By: Anthony Garreffa from Mar 28, 2017 @ 22:40 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AORUS

We're currently in the process of adding DX12 and Vulkan tests into our new benchmarking suite, so for now I've only included the performance of Rise of the Tomb Raider running in DX12 on all of our resolutions: 1080p, 1440p, 4K, and 3440x1440.


We will have DOOM testing in the near future, as well as the new 3DMark API Overhead test - which will compare DX11, DX12, and Vulkan APIs against each other. This is coming in the next few weeks, and we'll retest our entire suite of cards again to include these numbers in future reviews.

Performance Thoughts

We all know that any custom GeForce GTX 1080 is going to be great, so it comes down to the cooler and the last few frames per second you're going to get out of it. I still don't recommend gaming at 4K, not until the screens get a little bigger and the refresh rate pushes up to 144Hz - which is coming soon, but for now I'd recommend a 21:9 UltraWide display with its great 3440x1440 native resolution.


You can get much more performance out of a card at 3440x1440, as it sits perfectly between 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 (4K) in terms of pixels being rendered per second. There are already 100Hz G-Sync capable 3440x1440 panels on the market, so hitting 70FPS average throughout our games works perfectly on the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition.

Tweaking a few of the in-game visuals down to Medium/High would easily unleash another 20FPS or so in most games, so you could hit that magic 100FPS mark for your 3440x1440 display at 100Hz.

If you were buying the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition for 4K gaming, then you'll also be fine - as any 4K gaming display you purchase is going to be 60Hz, meaning you need 60FPS average in order to get the most out of it. The card is capable of just 32FPS at 4K in Ghost Recon Wildlands, and 47FPS in Far Cry Primal. Not the best numbers, but we're talking 4K - and again, adjusting some of the detail levels can push you closer to 60FPS.

Overall, it beats NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition for the most part, and that's what counts - it does so by being cooler, and quieter - with some headroom for overclocking.

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