PC gaming has been steadily growing over the last few years, and component manufacturers are trying to create the most powerful and attractive solutions for gamers. Video cards have always been the focus of attention when it comes to gaming, these components being by far the most important in building a system. We did not get used to testing too many PC components in the past at Go4it, but having the opportunity to test the GIGABYTE AORUS XTREME EDITION GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, one of the most powerful graphics cards in one of the most interesting implementations on the market, could refuse
GeForce 1080 Ti is on the market for about a year already, and NVIDIA seems to be preparing to launch a new generation of graphics cards sometime in an ambiguous future. Thus, the GP102 chip on which 1080 Ti is based remains the most powerful in the consumer area, and high-end implementations such as AORUS XTREME EDITION from GIGABYTE are among the best in the market
In contrast to a reference video card, which comes with a cooling system based on a single turbine fan at the rear, GIGABYTE has integrated AORUS XTREME EDITION with a very interesting cooling with three 100 mm diameter fans ". The two on the sides are on the surface and the one in the center has the blades cut at the top to make the blades of the other fans. GIGABYTE says that the cooling system can thus cover the largest surface of radiators to provide a more efficient airflow. Below the radiators there is a large copper plate that picks up heat from the graphics chip and RAM and dissipates it in five copper tubes of 8 mm that are visible at the back while a sixth pipe makes a loop in the area where the VRMs are located
On the back of the board we find a metal plate, which is cut into the center to make room for another copper plate, positioned under the graphic chip. Thus, the heat is also dissipated on this side, towards the inside of the casing. The metal plate is also cut to the right to make room for the AORUS logo, which illuminates in all colors of the rainbow thanks to the RGB LED
In fact, there are four luminous areas on this plate, the sides are also illuminated on the surface of the AORUS logo and in the "FAN STOP" area, an indicator that warns us when the fans are not in operation. The last bright area is above the X-shaped central fan, where we find the AORUS logo (this time unlit) in the center. By default, the board lights up in "rainbow" mode, but lighting can be configured using dedicated software.
At the contextual chapter, AORUS XTREME EDITION has "everything." On the back, we find two HDMI 2.0 ports, three DisplayPort ports and a DVI-D, while on the rear, GIGABYTE has integrated yet another HDMI that can be used to add an output for VR on the front of the carcass. The Taiwanese company claims that this is the only video card of its kind with three HDMI connectors, this technology being "patented". The truth is that the DVI-D jack can be used alternately with the second HDMI jack, so if all three jacks are used, the DVI becomes unusable. It is powered by two eight-pin connectors.
Without much of the presentation, we must mention that this is one of the largest GTX 1080 Ti implementations on the market. We are talking about a plate that occupies three slots in the case, so for many of the shells and motherboards the idea of SLI disappears because there are not more than two plates of this kind. Also, if you have other components on the PCI Express in the next slot, you'll probably have to remove it and move it somewhere below. As for length, this is quite standard for high-end video cards at 29 cm. In the case used for the test, a NZXT H440 has reached the limit, leaving only a few millimeters between the video card and the storage media.
In visual terms, it is likely that this board fits into the design of many systems, but predominantly black or orange accents will be the ones that best fit it. Of course, systems equipped with GIGABYTE components are likely to have even more advantages, as the RGB lighting system is RGB Fusion-compatible, Taiwan-based software and integrated into most of its high-end components