Asus GTX 1080 and 1060 cards with faster RAM go the extra mile

While Nvidia announced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at GDC, it said that it would allow companies like MSI and Gigabyte to build variations of the GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 with faster memory than the reference designs. Now we have eyes on the first tweaked cards, both made by Asus. The GTX1080-O8G-11GBPS and GTX1060-O6G-9GBPS are named exactly as they are: a GeForce GTX 1080 with 11 GT/s GDDR5X memory, and a GTX 1060 6GB card with GDDR5 memory clocked at 9 GT/s.

Asus GTX1080-O8G-11GBPS

The GTX 1080 with 11 GT/sec memory is a ROG Strix model, and it appears to have the same output cluster, power requirements, and RGB LED-equipped heatsink as the standard ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080. Meanwhile, the new GTX 1060 doesn't carry a Strix name tag, but wears a beefy cooler that resembles older cards bearing that denomination. Aside from the throwback cooler and faster memory, this offering appears to be similar to other GeForce GTX 1060 cards in Asus' stable.

Asus GTX1060-O6G-9GBPS

It's possible these cards will also be clocked higher on the GPU core side, but Asus isn't talking clock speeds for these models yet. Besides, given how Pascal chips push their own clocks as much as they can, the rated rates are more like suggestions. The new cards aren't available yet, but Videocardz seems to think they'll be out in the coming weeks of April.

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