If there is one thing we all know about NVIDIA’s official GeForce GTX 1080, the company’s new card is super fast. Even though it comes with a mouth watering price, most PC builders are really waiting for the third-party variants of the card simply because third-party cards are known to pushed beyond the limits of what official cards can do. Just like we all expected, ASUS has revealed the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080. The specs for the ASUS’ ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 trumps NVIDIA’s card. The ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 comes in two variants, the regular Strix board runs at a 1.76GHz base clock speed (with a boost to 1.9GHz) versus the reference model’s 1.6GHz, and an overclocked version bumps that to 1.78GHz (boosting to 1.94GHz).
The ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is aesthetically pleasing too, it comes with customizable lighting that includes color-shifting, patterns or pulsing to the music you are currently playing. Another area where third-party cards differ from their reference model counterparts is they are cooled. ASUS promises that their heat pipes and custom-shaped fans will make their new card 30 percent cooler and three times quieter than NVIDIA’s official GeForce GTX 1080.
With the specs and features of the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 card, one would expect it to cost a fortune or more that NVIDIA’s card, but that’s not the case. NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 is priced at $699, while the standard Strix will sell for $620; even the higher-clocked version costs $640. If you are expecting to add the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 to your current build, the card is expected to be available starting June 4th giving you enough time to save up.