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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 i7-7700K
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 8
Chipset Intel Z270
Memory size 16GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3866 (rated),
run at DDR4-3200
Memory timings 15-15-15-35
Hard drive Samsung 960 EVO 500GB SSD
2x Corsair Neutron XT 480GB SSDs
1x Kingston HyperX 480GB SSD
Power supply Corsair RM850x
OS Windows 10 Pro with Creators Update


  Driver revision GPU base
core clock
GPU boost
rate (GT/s)
Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G (gaming mode) GeForce 381.65 1607 1721 11.23 11264
Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G (OC mode) 1632 1746 11.45
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 1480 1582 11

Since we don't have any other custom GeForce GTX 1080 Tis in the lab yet, we're using Nvidia's Founders Edition card as our point of reference. Fitting.

Since we've already performed extensive "Inside the Second" testing on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, we won't be repeating that work here. Instead, we'll be using the canned benchmarks from Rise of the Tomb Raider and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor to generate a quick sense of each card's relative performance in average FPS.

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.