Since there's not a whole lot unknown about performance of GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, we decided to test a few games at 4K resolution in order to put as much of the bottleneck on the GPU as possible. This allows us to get a quick look at the relative performance differences between the reference 1080 Ti and the Strix verison.
|PC Perspective GPU Testbed|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E|
|Motherboard||ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4-3200|
|Storage||OCZ Agility 4 256GB (OS)
Adata SP610 500GB (games)
|Power Supply||Corsair AX1500i 1500 watt|
|OS||Windows 10 x64|
Grand Theft Auto V
Even at 4K, GTA V is a very CPU dependent game, which shows here in our results. At most, there's a few FPS difference between the higher-clocked Strix GTX 1080 Ti and the reference Founder's Edition card.
Hitman running in DX12 mode, however, shows a sizable gap between the two cards. The Strix version of the GTX 1080 Ti manages to run almost 10 FPS faster than the Founder's Edition in our testing.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Witcher 3 also shows a small improvement of 3-4 FPS between the Strix version and the Founder's Edition of the GTX 1080 Ti.
From a performance standpoint, it's difficult to beat the ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti. It's the highest performing GTX 1080 Ti that we've taken a look at and one of the highest end options available for those not looking to get into liquid cooling.
Now we have to talk about the difficult part of this proposition, price. The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti has an MSRP of $780, with the current street price coming in around $810 when you can find it in stock.
However, as of the time of writing, there are no GTX 1080 Ti designs available for the starting MSRP of $700, with the closest being a Gigabyte blower-style design for $740. While $800+ is a lot to spend on a graphics card, the extra $40 or $50 over a blower design is a better value proposition than the original $80 price increase if everything were to be available at their MSRPs.
For those of you planning on manually overclocking your graphics card anyway, the non-OC version of the Strix could also be a good option and seems to be slightly more in-stock at the time of writing.
If you're shopping for the highest-end GPU you can buy, and your chassis can fit this massive graphics card, take a look at the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti.