ASUS GTX 1080 Ti Strix OC 11 GB @ techPowerUp
For years ASUS was keen on letting you know that their coolers were core contact designs and it would seem they are now going with a more load efficient design with a cold plate instead of direct heatpipe contact.
You might be asking yourself, "What is the difference?" Well core contact reacts extremely fast but comes with load limitations and if you exceed the designed heat load you can overheat. With a cold plate you have more mass over the GPU allowing it to heat up more and thus makes the heatpipe cooler work more efficiently. This design works well with Pascal since it is fairly low power and is designed to run hotter than we care to admit.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Strix OC is the first custom-design GTX 1080 Ti that we are reviewing. It comes with a newly designed thermal solution that no longer uses DirectTouch heatpipes. Also included is a generous overclock out of the box and a load of features for the enthusiast gamer.
I'd like to eventually test one of these cards, they are not only extremely good looking but are designed to take some overclocking abuse.
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