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This review is from: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX OC Edition
Pros: This card runs extremely cool. I never passed 70c on any of the games I played. I play on 1440p just for reference. I set the fan to run at 40% and it isn't audible, at all. The card boosted to 2066 without touching anything. On Overwatch I never passed 55c lol. My 980 Ti used to hit around 73c in Overwatch. The card is gorgeous. Best looking one out of all the non reference models in my opinion. All monochrome and RGB. That's RGB done correctly. They definitely fixed the sag that the 980 Ti Strix had. This card holds up much better.
Cons: At higher frames I did experience coil whine. But it's strange, the coil whine goes away after awhile. It only happens in the first few seconds. Usually with coil whine it doesn't go away until you close out whatever you're running that's causing the whine, but in this case it goes away on its own? Never experienced coil whine like that before. Very strange. Not worth taking away an egg because like I said, it goes away in less than 10 seconds in. Something to note, the ROG led on the backplate sometimes look lighter than the rest if the LEDs on the card. This is due to the white plate thats over the LED I believe. For example: if I set the color to a mint green the republic of gamers and the leds under the card will be the mint green and the ROG logo on top will be a slightly lighter green. This doesn't happen on all the colors just some. Just something to keep in mind. I did get have an issue with GPU Tweak or the Aura Gpu software. After installing it and restarting my computer. I got multiple BSOD when booting my computer. Ended up having to restore my computer to a period before I installed the software and the BSOD stopped. Maybe I'll try a different OC software. Not sure if it was the Aura software either.
Other Thoughts: If you got the money, buy it. No buyers remorse here!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Magnetic strip A+ for that
- LEDs are Bright... Too bright... (see cons)
Cons: These LEDs are as bright as the sun I swear... lol I had them installed in my Evolv ATX Tempered Glass and it was blinding. Also doesn't help that the LEDs are visible no matter where you mount them in this case but even at an angle where the LEDs aren't visible, it's super bright. I had it plugged into the case so that I could control the colors and effects with the button at the front I/O. Maybe there's something you can do to change the brightness, though I couldn't figure it out.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Aesthetics is a 10/10
Overclocking potential is a 10/10
Runs smooth and hasn't given me any problems.
Cons: The motherboard LEDS could use a little work. The way they have it you can tell where each individual led is. It's not solid on some colors. it looks fine with dark red. But if you're trying for white. Yeesh it's not a pretty sight lol.. which is disappointing because I was going for a blackout build with white led accents. Dominator platinums led bar, corsair h100i light up logo, case leds, etc. all white led. The white on the Formula is terrible. so I just turned off the leds on the board completely. (Sort of defeats one of the main selling points of the board right?) haha.. Anyways I find myself switching between colors depending on my mood. thanks to my monochrome components I can have whatever color build I want! So it all works out. That is my only gripe. WHYYYY WHITE LEDS WHYYYY!?
Other Thoughts: All in all its a very well built and high quality board. Definitely worth its $400 price tag. Although I struggled pushing that "confirm order" button... lol I've never spent $400 on a motherboard..! Did I need this particular motherboard? Do I use it to its full potential? Honestly, NO! But was it worth it? Why don't you ask all the people that drool over it when they see it. LOL!READ FULL REVIEW