( 4.5 Average / 2 Ratings )
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I splurged here, for obvious and not so obvious reasons. Through a series of decisions regarding my own lack of willpower, I went from a GTX 1070, to realizing that I could afford a GTX 1080 after finding some extra funds, to someone insisting that I have to get a 144Hz, 1440p monitor for gaming on a GTX 1080 instead of a 144Hz, 1080p monitor, and it ABSOLUTELY had to have G-SYNC. After purchasing said monitor on sale (and starting down the true slippery slope), I started to hear rumors that a GTX 1080 might underperform for such a powerful monitor. With little to no actual basis for those claims, I decided I just HAD to get a GTX 1080 Ti if I didn't want to disappoint myself. I'll just have to deal with the guilt I feel every time I look at my bank account instead.
Aside from that, the AORUS card is amazing. It's also incredibly quiet, although I do have the PC under the desk for the moment, so that may be a factor. The card itself is MASSIVE though, as you might expect, and the orange accents are almost universally disliked. The accents are KIND of discrete, though, so it wasn't a deal breaker. If I could redo this build, though, I would definitely have chosen the ASUS Strix version, the aesthetics are well worth the extra cost for someone like me.
Because I'm paranoid about graphics card sag, I did a bit of modding to fix it. I took one of the PCIe slot covers and bent it into a graphics card pillar to support the sagging end, using a thumb screw to hold it in place on the PSU shroud beneath. I'm fairly proud of my solution, it's fairly discrete and conveniently matches the aesthetic of the case to a point. It's also easily removable, should I need to.
I've tinkered with GIGABYTE's AORUS software, mostly to control the RGB logo and play with the fan curve. A little buggy and hard to use, but otherwise acceptable.