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

Processor Intel Core i7-6950X
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX
Chipset Intel X99
Memory size 64GB (4 DIMMs)
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200
Memory timings 16-18-18-38
Chipset drivers Intel Management Engine
Audio Integrated X99/Realtek ALC1150
Realtek drivers
Hard drive Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD
2x Kingston 480GB SATA SSDs
Power supply Corsair RM850x
OS Windows 10 Pro


  Driver revision GPU base
core clock
GPU boost
Aorus GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G GeForce 378.49 1759 1898 2551.5 8192
Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming 1759 1898 2553 8192
Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition 1607 1733 2500 8192
Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 OC Editon 1759 1898 2503 8192

We're pitting the Aorus XE 8G against three other graphics cards today: the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 OC Edition, and the GTX 1080 Founders Edition straight from Nvidia. All of the cards were run on an open bench with a low-speed 140-mm fan directed over their backplates. We took noise measurements 18" from each graphics card. The temperature of our testing environment was maintained as close to 72° F (22.2° C) as we could keep it. For each of our benchmark runs, we performed the test three times and took the median of the results to avoid outliers.

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.