Hello good people, some days ago I’ve got my hands on a pack of Asus Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards. I’ve been testing them on rigs and I’ve decided I’d share my results with you.
The Strix GTX 1080 Ti is considered a high-tier gaming GPU for a reason. According to the official website and some third-party benchmarks, the GPU outputs about 6% more FPS than the Founders Edition.
The reason is simple – the Strix comes with higher clocks. In order to compensate the higher operating temperature, the card features three fans and a cooling system that is allegedly 40% more efficient than the founder’s one. This is due to the GPU being constructed with a 2.5-slot width that gives more heat sink surface. By the way make sure your motherboard has got room for that!
The fans are one of my favorite things about the card because they are really quiet even when spinning on full speed. It also accumulates less dust, which is always welcome for a mining rig.
Higher clocks and better cooling also requires more power. Unlike the Founders Edition that comes with a 6-pin and an 8-pin power connectors, the Strix comes with two 8-pin ones.
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The Strix features 1569 MHz base frequency and 1683 MHz boost frequency, while the FE goes with 1480 MHz and 1582 MHz, respectively. This makes the Strix have 11,247 GFLOPS at base frequency while the FE have only 10,609 GFLOPS. The increased clocks also affect texture and pixel fill rates.
The rest of the specs are similar. By the way my cards came in boxes that are slightly different than the one pictured in the official website. I suspect I’ve got my cards from a new batch.
The card features two modes: Gaming Mode and OC Mode. Gaming mode offers lower base as well as OC clocks than the OC Mode. The clocks I’ve mentioned above are for the Gaming mode. Boost clock for OC mode is 1708 MHz.
Display-wise, the 1080Ti offers way more than you would need for mining, including two VR-friendly HDMI and two DP 1.4-ready connectors. I think the DVI port is the only one that will be used by miners.
The 1080 Ti might be a bit of overkill for mining (considering the huge amount of gaming-oriented features it offers) but it gets the job done, so I can’t really complain about it. It would be nice to see a 1080 Ti Mining Edition card with only one output port, no fancy LED lightning and more attractive price. Hopefully Nvidia will release more mining-oriented GPUs in the near future.
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