AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G Review

NVIDIA's new architecture "Pascal" series products are based on a TSMC 16 nm process and the flagship GeForce GTX 1080 is one of the advanced gaming GPU which comes with ultra fast FinFET and high-bandwidth GDDR5X technologies, plus support for DirectX 12, features to deliver the fastest, smoothest, most power-efficient gaming experiences and more.

And as everyone knows that the GTX 1080 is already a resounding success and there are many custom designed variant from different brands available today, everyone trying to push the performance envelop of GTX 1080 little more further with their own custom cooling solutions and advance power delivery designs.

The AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G is the newest and one of the most exciting products to ever grace the graphics market with spectacular looks and performance. By default, this edition ships with a boost clock of 1936 MHz / base clock of 1784 MHz in OC mode and boost clock of 1898 MHz / base clock of 1759 MHz in Gaming mode.

Beside just being highly overclocked the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition is also having a triple fan –triple slot cooling solution with a copper backplate giving great thermal performance. Gigabyte also added RGB fusion lighting with 16.8M customizable color.

Now let's see what this AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme has for us.


  • Powered by GeForce® GTX 1080
  • WINDFORCE Stack 3x 100mm fan cooling system
  • Advanced Copper Back Plate Cooling
  • AORUS VR Link provides the best VR experience
  • RGB fusion – 16.8M customizable color lighting
  • Titan X-grade Chokes and Capacitors for Extreme Durability
  • Intuitive AORUS Graphics Engine
  • AORUS Care provides 4 years warranty (Online registration required)
  • Boost: 1936 MHz / Base: 1784 MHz in OC mode
  • Boost: 1898 MHz / Base: 1759 MHz in Gaming mode

AORUS graphics cards are crafted for perfection in pursuit of the ultimate graphics experience for gaming enthusiasts. Based on the revolutionary NVIDIA® Pascal™ GPU architecture, AORUS graphics card brings you incredible gaming experience.
- GPU Gauntletâ„¢ Sorting
- Pascal-powered graphics card give you superior performance and power efficiency
- Support up to 8K display @60Hz
- Outstanding performance for Virtual Reality gaming

AORUS provides the all-around cooling solution for all key components of the graphics card. We take care not only GPU but also VRAM and MOSFET, to ensure a stable overclock operation and longer life. On the front side, the large copper base plate dissipates the most heat from the GPU and VRAM. On the back side, the copper back plate dissipates the heat from the GPU back side. All other key components are taken care of very well by the WINDFORCE cooling module. AORUS ensures the customer a better cooling solution in many ways.


With 16.8M customizable color options and numerous lighting effects, you could now choose the right scheme for your gaming rig through AORUS graphics engine.

With 2 extra HDMI ports, AORUS VR Link innovatively provides the most flexible output connectivity. Connect up to 4 monitors and/or VR devices at the same time with a total of 3 DisplayPort and 3 native HDMI ports that could be used interchangeably under VR Mode for all types of gaming configuration. Outputs are automatically detected upon restarting PC with no further setting required.

Clock speeds, voltage, fan performance, power target can be monitored and tuned in real-time according to your own preference through this intuitive interface.



The AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G comes in a black / orange colored box with AORUS Gaming Logo highlighted on front of the box . Back of box covers details about the product features along with specifications.

Inside the box

Along with the GFX card box also includes driver installation CD and quick start guide.


AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme graphics card features a black colour theme with few orange strips over the fan shroud.

Graphics card comes with a full solid back plate with integrated separate small copper backplate just behind the GPU.

Side of graphics card have a AORUS logo as well as AORUS eagle face on backplate with full RGB lighting as let user to pick their preferred colour theme. Beside this we also have a FAN STOP indicator LED which actually lights up when fans on the card stops spinning.

Graphics card is powers via two 8-pin connector with power drawing specified up to 375 watts.

The back I/O plate you get three native DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b port, and one DVI-I port. On the inner back side of the card we find two more HDMI ports for convenient access to VR devices .

Closer Looks

For cooling of this graphics card Gigabyte used their 3D Active fans design with total of three 80mm fans, each facing down blowing over a large heatsink with six large copper heat tubes directly fused with a big copper base plate which makes thermal contact with the main GPU silicon and memory chips, providing a great cooling solution.

On the PCB we have the main GPU chip at the center surrounded by eight Micron (MT58K256M32JA) GDDR5X memory chips.

At power stage section of the graphics card we have a strong 12 power phase design in combination with ultra-durable solid tantalum capacitors and high-quality chokes. All controlled by a UPI Semiconductor Corp. PWM controller chip (uP9511R).

For all the RGB lighting and FAN controller Gigabyte used a 32-bit ARM microcontroller by Holtek's a HT32F52241


Test system configuration -

CPUIntel Core i7 7700K
BoardAORUS Z270X Gaming 9
RAM2 X 4GB Corsair DDR4 3000Mhz
SSDKingston 120GB SSD
Cooler / CaseCustom Liquid Cooling
GFX AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme
PSUThermaltake RGB 850W
DisplayASUS PB287Q Gaming Monitor - 28" 4K UHD
OS Windows 10

Bundled Softwares




Room Temperature: 30C

In idle, the temperature is real good and at full load running 3D Mark Fire Strike temperature was ok and fans were not loud at all.

Power Consumption

Wattage reading as per displayed by APC Pro 1000VA (Model no. BR1000G-IN) UPS.


  • Very Quite
  • RGB LED and FAN Stop lighting
  • Nice thermal performance
  • Great looks
  • Easy OC Modes
  • 4 year Warranty


  • High power consumption


The AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition graphics card share significant similarity with the Gigabyte's already released GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card. But with AORUS branding offering premium product line, the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card is modified with new theme, more better cooling solution and inclusion of two HDMI 2.0 ports at the inner side of the card.

The AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme cooling solution offers low temperature at extreme load with very low fan noise. This thermal headroom when fused with super stable 12 phase power design allowed this card to offer substantial easy overclocking of GPU and memory via bundled software, making it best performance GTX 1080 card.

At the conclusion AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition graphics card is one of the best GTX 1080 card we have reviewed so far, giving smooth gaming experience at 4K resolution with great factory overclocking and cooling solution, worthy of our PC TeK REVIEWS EXCELLENCE Award.

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