Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card Review
Peter Donnell / 2 years ago
A Closer Look
Without a doubt, the first thing you notice about this graphics card is how big it is. It’s a thicker design that could hinder SLI configurations on some motherboards, but for those seeking a single fast card, that’s obviously not an issue. The bigger cooler design allows for three 100mm fans, and that means a lot more airflow even at lower RPM. Of course, lower RPM fans also means less noise, and that’s always a good thing.
Like anything else in the gaming market these days, the graphics card is kitted out with RGB lighting. There’s an “X” shape on the top, with four LED light bars, and the Aorus logo on the side is RGB lit too. You can customise the colours or even turn them off, giving you plenty of tinkering to enjoy.
Connectivity is superb too, with DVI-D, 2 x HDMI and 3 x DP. That’s all the connections you’re likely to need, and all come with 4K support too.
But wait, there’s more! Tucked under the back of the card, there’s another HDMI port. This is great if you have a VR connector on the front of your chassis and makes it easier to hook up without cables trailer around your PC.
That massive cooler design is supported with a full-size backplate. There’s an exposed section over the chipset, where you can see a copper vapour chamber. This feeds through five absolutely huge copper heat pipes to the two-part radiator design.
Overall, this is a monster of a graphics card, and I’m as eager as you to see the performance. Let’s get it on the test bench!