When Nvidia announced the all-conquering GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in March, the company also gave card manufacturers the green light to start cranking out GTX 1060 6GB and GTX 1080 cards with faster memory. Asus was the first company to respond with new models, but Gigabyte is now counter-punching with three new Aorus cards with faster RAM. The company is offering two new GTX 1080 models with 11GT/s memory, along with a single GTX 1060 6GB card with 9 GT/s RAM.
The Aorus GeForce GTX 1060 6G 9Gbps comes bearing 6GB of 9 GT/s memory, an upgrade from the 8 GT/s stuff that most GTX 1060 cards typically carry. The core clock is the second-highest of any of Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1060 offerings, at 1607 MHz base and 1835 MHz boost in the default mode and 1632MHz base and 1860 MHz boost in OC mode. The company's GeForce TX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G card has slightly higher clocks, though it's likely that the new Aorus card is still a better performer, given the 12.5% boost in memory bandwidth afforded by its higher memory clock.
Faster mid-range cards are always appreciated, but improved performance at the high end is usually more exciting. To that end, Gigabyte is releasing a pair of GTX 1080 cards with faster memory, for those without GTX 1080 Ti or Titan X budgets. The company's GeForce GTX 1080 8G 11 Gbps is fast, and the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G 11Gbps card is faster still. The "regular" 11Gbps card has default 1708 MHz base and 1847 Mhz boost core clocks, while the Xtreme Edition version cranks things up to 1898 MHz base and 1759 MHz boost speeds. The cards share the same 11 GT/s GDDR5X memory, up from the plain old' 10 GT/s stuff that the lion's share of GTX 1080 cards carry onboard.
Gigabyte offered no pricing or availability information about any of the three new models, though we predict they'll be a bit pricier than similar offerings with reference-clocked RAM. All three cards come with the same port cluster with three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI jack, and a dual-link DVI-D port.