Ahead of its launch, the specifications of the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti STRIX graphics card have been leaked thanks to a leaked press-deck. The one specification that most people wanted to know about was the factory overclock. Out of the box the card is in “Gaming Mode” and is clocked at 1569 MHz core, 1683 MHz GPU boost, and the memory is untouched at 11 GHz (GDDR5X-effective). Now if you use the GPUTweak II software to put the card in “OC Mode” the card will run at 1594 MHz core, 1708 MHz GPU boost, and 11.1 GHz memory.
ASUS will be using a beefier DirectCU III cooler than what they used on their GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 STRIX models. ASUS is claiming 30% lower temperatures, thanks to a 40% increase in surface area of the heatsink. ASUS also took advantage of a heavier heatsink to lower fan noise, which is said to be significantly lower than the reference-design card.
ASUS is also using a newer thermal interface material (TIM) called “MaxContact.” It is called that due to its particle density, which can get up to 10 times flatter than conventional TIMs. This makes for lower thermal resistance and higher conductivity. Display outputs of this card include two each of HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4 ports.