The Aorus Graphics Engine
Much like the Xtreme Gaming Engine that ships with the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, the Aorus GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition gets its own companion utility for tweaking and bedazzling called the Aorus Graphics Engine.
Upon launch, the AGE presents a clean and simple interface with the basic clock speed profiles one can choose for the card: OC mode, gaming mode, silent mode, and any saved profiles under user mode. Shortcuts for an Afterburner-like monitoring mode, the semi-passive and active fan modes, and the card's LED lighting options can all be found in the lower-right-hand corner of the interface.
Clicking into the advanced mode interface using the icon in the bottom-right-hand corner reveals another clean and simple screen for adjusting core and memory speeds, plus fan speed, the power target, and the temperature target. Exacting tweakers can open up a custom voltage-and-frequency-scaling curve for more precise tuning here, as well.
The LED icon leads to the now-standard RGB LED configuration interface. Gigabyte offers three levels of tweakability here: several preset colors for quick-and-dirty switching, a slider for more granular tuning, and RGB entry fields for even more precise color-picking. The Aorus GTX 1080 supports the standard range of animations we've come to expect from RGB LED-equipped hardware, like cycling, breathing, and flashing. It can also change the color of its LEDs in response to changes in certain operating parameters, like fan speed, GPU temperature, and GPU utilization. Folks with rainbows on the brain shouldn't find any reason for displeasure with the Aorus GTX 1080 XE.