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3rd upgrade

Finally.. The Ti. This is the major upgrade in terms of performance. Once I`ve read an article about R129 Mercedes and it began like this: “There is a time in grown mens life, when he finally is ready to drive a Mercedes-Benz coupe”  😀 It`s very similar when it comes to Gpus. I was finally ready to step up to the big boys league. The astonishing Pascal GP102 chip was wandering my mind from the very first day it was presented by Nvidia. After another month since the last graphics card swap, I`ve decided to do it one last time in this build – this time the performance increased so much I was awarded with the following achievement in 3dmark`s Time Spy test.


Achievement unlocked 🙂


But let the card speak for itself. Again I`ve chosen the Extreme Edition for maximum performance.


Aorus 1080 Ti Extreme Edition Front view


Aorus 1080 Ti Extreme Edition Side view


Aorus 1080 Ti Extreme Edition Back view


At first it might be similar to my previous Aorus card, but don`t let the look deceive you. Cooler is bigger, whole fan chassis is aluminum, it`s heavier and has more premium feel to it. It has the GEFORCE GTX logo stamped next to SLI connectors, the RGB stripes are bigger, the cooper base plate is different but all of this are only ad dons to the main thing – GP102-350 and 11 GB of VRAM plus the 352 bit bus – the core reason for my happiness. Take a quick look at the properties comparison :


GPU Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Extreme Edition Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Extreme Edition
CPU type and speed (boost) GP104-400 – 1784 MHz (1936 MHz) GP102-350 – 1632 MHz (1746 MHz)
RAM type and speed 8GB GDDR5X – 10400 MHz 11GB GDDR5X – 11448 MHz
Bus width 256 bit 352 bit
CUDA cores 2560 3584
Texture units 160 224
ROPs 64 88
Transistors (bilion) 7,2 12
Almost each element is significantly upgraded compared to previous card except.. the clocks. But don`t think Ti is slower. It`s like a cpu with more cores but lower frequency, all in all it`s faster. As a matter of fact, I`m successfully running this card on a 2000 MHz boost clock on a daily basis. This is why you buy most advanced cooling system available on the market, and a factory most overclocked edition after all 😉 The reason I would not buy the Titan is described in the Introduction, so as far as the Gpu upgrade is concerned only thing left for me is the SLI setup 🙂 Hell, power plant is ready and waiting. To be honest Pascal Gpus are so energy efficient that my AX1500i never turned on the fan by itself. According to Corsair Link at stress the PSU is delivering 600W of power at most. Previous setup with QX9770 and CrossfireX of double Radeon HD5970 could eat up almost 1000W. Believe me, you can notice it on a power bill at the end of the month.

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