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AORUS is Gigabyte brand for a gamer-focused computers that makes SLI gaming laptops, motherboards, graphics cards, mechanical gaming keyboards, and other gaming peripherals. The Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB is one of the highest end GTX 1080 Ti the company offers. The 3,584 streaming processors makes Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB a real monster.
The default base clock of this card is 1,569MHz with a rated boost clock of 1,683MHz. However, like many third-party Nvidia offerings, a free but slight performance boost is available out of the box by selecting OC Mode in an appropriate overclocking utility like Aorus Engine. This ups both speeds by 25MHz. There's also a Silent Mode available, which drops the base and boost clocks to 1,480MHz and 1,594MHz respectively (reference speeds) while also altering the fan curve to favour lower noise. Going by the OC Mode base clock, the Aorus GTX 1080 Ti is clocked nearly 8 percent higher than a Founders Edition card. That said, there is no memory overclock – Aorus has it running here at the default 11Gbps.
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.
Aorus has gone all out on its cooling solution, and the resultant heatsink is an absolute beast. The downside is that it occupies three expansion slots as a result, but many motherboards are designed to accommodate such cards so you won't lose much by way of PCI-E connectivity, though small form factor fans will need to watch out. A massive copper baseplate draws heat away from the GPU and VRAM chips, and Aorus is also using a copper section on the backplate to help dissipate heat from the rear of the GPU too. Additional thermal pads are used for all VRM components, with even more used on the rear of them. Aorus's composite heat pipes and angular fins are used, both with claimed benefits for cooling potential and, by implication, noise.
Three 100mm fans are helping with serious airflow to cool down the heatsink. The interesting part is that the outer two physically overlap the middle one, which allows the length to remain sub-300mm. The arrangement is called WindForce Stack, and the fans have unique blade designs and double ball bearings. The middle fan also spins in the opposite direction to the other two, a decision Aorus says reduces turbulence while increasing airflow. 3D Active Fan means the fans will all stop spinning once the GPU is below about 60°C or so.
Aorus offers a standard three-year warranty with this card, although this can be extended to four years simply by registering the card on the appropriate website.