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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition.

The GTX 1080 has a 152 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 1080. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 24.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 1080 has a 152 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 1080 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 9.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition are the same, which means the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1080 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition have 2560 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the GTX 1080 has 24.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 9.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the has GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Overall, the GTX 1080 has slightly better performance.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition requires 300 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 1080 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 1080. The GTX 1080 requires 120 Watts more than the GTX 1080 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 1080 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1080.

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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

83.6 FPS

The Witcher III

106.2 FPS

Just Cause 4

87.9 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

76.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

77.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

102.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

132.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

62.3 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

59.4 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

82.9 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

103.5 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

98.6 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

98.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

249.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

237.8 FPS

Battlefield V

132.4 FPS

The Witcher III

46.6 FPS

Crysis 3

39.3 FPS

Just Cause 4

30.4 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

33.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

46.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

62.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

35.6 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

38.5 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

28.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

27.4 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

37.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

65.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

62.2 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

60.3 FPS

Battlefield V

61.1 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1784 MHzvs1632 MHz
Boost Clock1936 MHzvs1771 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P104-400-A1Pascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date27 May 2016vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1251 MHzvs1251 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5XvsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth320.3GB/secvs320.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs160
Texture Rate285.4 GTexel/svs261.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate114.2 GPixel/svs104.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1080, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1607MHz to 1784MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1936MHz, instead of 1733MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU III Technology with Direct-GPU Contact Heatpipes: Exclusive DirectCU III cooling technology features direct-GPU contact heatpipes that transports more heat away from the GPU and outperform reference designs, achieving up to 30% cooler gaming performance.

Performance
At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 6% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1080. This goes up to 8% at 3840x2160.
Overview
GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Aero OC 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1080, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1607MHz to 1632MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1771MHz, instead of 1733MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
MSI AERO graphics cards are equipped with a brand new black & silver design, crafted from premium materials. The sleek new looks will fit great in almost any build.

Performance
At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 2% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1080. This goes up to 4% at 3840x2160.
Recommended CPU-Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Intel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
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