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Our testing methods
As always, we did our best to deliver clean benchmarking results. Our test system was configured as follows:

Processor Intel Core i7-6700K
Motherboard ASRock Z170 Extreme7+
Chipset Intel Z170
Memory size 16GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3000
Memory timings 16-18-18-38
Chipset drivers Intel Management Engine 11.0.0.1155
Intel Rapid Storage Technology V 14.5.0.1081
Audio Integrated Z170/Realtek ALC1150
Realtek 6.0.1.7525 drivers
Hard drive OCZ Vector 180 480GB
Power supply Seasonic Platinum SS660-XP2
OS Windows 10 Pro

 

  Driver revision GPU base
core clock
(MHz)
GPU boost
clock
(MHz)
Memory
clock
(MHz)
Memory
size
(MB)
GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition GeForce 372.54 1607 1733 2500 8192
Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming 1759 1898 2553 8192
Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC Edition 1759 1898 2503 8192

Like many graphics cards on the market today, the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 comes with multiple clock profiles that one can enable in its GPU Tweak II companion software. Asus ships the card in "Gaming Mode," which lets it run at 1759 MHz base and 1898 MHz boost speeds. Since most people will be using this card without its companion software, we left the card in Gaming Mode for our testing.

We're pitting the ROG Strix GTX 1080 against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition and the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card that we recently tested. All of the cards were run on an open bench for performance testing using the same Core i7-6700K-powered test system that's served as the underpinnings of our recent graphics card reviews. We conducted noise and thermal testing inside a Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 ATX mid-tower to provide a sense of real-world performance on those measures. For each benchmark we run, we perform three test runs and take the median of the results.

Our testing methods are generally publicly available and reproducible. If you have any questions about our methods or results, be sure to leave a comment on this article or join us in the TR forums.