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Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 8G REV 2.0 Graphics Card for HDR Gaming Hands-On

After a couple of great years living with my NVIDIA GTX 980, the time has come to upgrade to the GTX 1080 and get into 4K and HDR gaming. The card is out for delivery and I plan to make the swap this afternoon. Shortly thereafter I'll begin a separate hands-on thread that's all about gaming on a 55" TCL P-Series 4K HDR TV ($650) using the GTX 1080.

The TCL P-Series is a great TV to get started with for HDR and 4K gaming. For one, it features extremely low lag, even when upsampling 1080p HDR. And its HDR performance is dazzling for a FALD LCD thanks to a screen with high native contrast. But I also have a Samsung Q9F QLED and a Sony X930E on-hand with which to test the card, and soon I'll start checking out HDR gaming monitors as well.

But the foundation of this whole enterprise is the video card, and specifically the GTX 1080 with its ability to render 4K at decent frame rates and its support for HDR. To that end, I picked the Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 8G REV 2.0 graphics card ($540) because it has enough HDMI ports to accommodate both a VR rig and a 4K HDR display.

Currently, there's not much out there in terms of HDR games for PC. But, I plan to get started with Mass Effect: Andromeda. As for 4K, I can't wait to play Grand Theft Auto 5 at 60fps with graphics settings that the GTX 980 could not handle.

So for now, I'm literally sitting here typing while waiting for UPS to arrive. I'll be back.

OK card is here and installed. Very pleased with the huge boost in performance. The only minus is now my PS4 Pro doesn't even come close to this level of quality.


Out with the old GTX 980 (top), in with the new GTX 1080 (bottom)



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If you want 4K 60fps mostly maxed out (no AA) you'll want the 1080ti, not the 1080.


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If you want 4K 60fps mostly maxed out (no AA) you'll want the 1080ti, not the 1080.

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I hear ya. Made a slight edit there, not max settings... I meant highest settings where I still get 60fps. I Just finished benchmarking GTA 5 and am getting 60fps with a configuration that look quite pristine, that had only yielded 20-25 fps with the GTX 980. I'm happy considering the price.

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Well with GTA5 maxed on a 1080 @ 4K you'll average around 40 fps (with dips into the upper 20's, low 30's) so while you can certainly tweak the settings for a 60 fps experience at 4K I was responding to your "As for 4K, I can't wait to play Grand Theft Auto 5 with the graphics settings maxed out, 'nuf said." comment.


Of course there are other games to consider...


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Well with GTA5 maxed on a 1080 @ 4K you'll average around 40 fps (with dips into the upper 20's, low 30's) so while you can certainly tweak the settings for a 60 fps experience at 4K I was responding to your "As for 4K, I can't wait to play Grand Theft Auto 5 with the graphics settings maxed out, 'nuf said." comment.


Of course there are other games to consider...


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Thanks, I'm running my first GTA5 benchmarks now. 1080p with settings completely maxed out is running fine at 60fps. Yeah I see a couple dips, even into the 30s but very brief and not common. Mostly just 60 fps.

Gotta run some errands, gonna find some optimal settings for 4K.

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Well with GTA5 maxed on a 1080 @ 4K you'll average around 40 fps (with dips into the upper 20's, low 30's) so while you can certainly tweak the settings for a 60 fps experience at 4K I was responding to your "As for 4K, I can't wait to play Grand Theft Auto 5 with the graphics settings maxed out, 'nuf said." comment.


Of course there are other games to consider...


Best of luck,
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Thanks, I'm running my first GTA5 benchmarks now. 1080p with settings completely maxed out is running fine at 60fps. Yeah I see a couple dips, even into the 30s but very brief and not common. Mostly just 60 fps with a bit of fluctuation in the 50s.

Gotta run some errands, gonna find some optimal settings for 4K. Max settings are 20fps lol, peaks at 30 and a dip to 16. I don't think the 1080 Ti can do 60fps when the 1080 struggles so much. No biggie settings that do give me 60 fps look great.

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Actually the 1080ti does pretty much hold 4K 60fps on Very High with AA and motion blur turned off.


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Sweet!

Looking forward to seeing what I get with similar settings. Gotta run to the market first though, lol.

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This card and my sysyem had no issues pulling that off. Solid 60fps through the whole benchmark with those settings
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Nice upgrade.

The 1080 is certainly good enough for most games at high settings at 4k.

Although I have a evga 1080ti now, I had a 1080 for a while and just had to dial down a few settings in a couple of games to play them at 4k60fps, it's a beast card. People tend to overrate the whole "ultra settings only, so you need 4x 1080tis to play at 60fps". In my experience, as someone who began with budget cards, every game has 2 or 3 settings that bring down the performance a lot but barely make a visual quality difference, so playing with those settings will get you great performance on cards not considered "4k ready".

I don't even have GTA V maxed out, instead I use nvidia fast sync to completely get rid of the input lag, and it barely stutters.

@imagic try setting your game so that it runs at like 75+ fps and set fast sync and maximum prerendered frames to 1 (on nvidia control panel) and it makes a huge difference on the games not affected by constant stutter(because fast sync supposedly works better when your framerate is close to 2x of your native screen) Lowering post fx and grass settings will give you huge perf increase.
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I have no idea why you went with 1080 over 1080i. Specially if you spent $540...

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I have no idea why you went with 1080 over 1080i. Specially if you spent $540...
Because that was my budget, as opposed to $740. I'm happy with it, the primary objective is to get 4K HDR working; the performance of this card suits my needs.

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I've seen a 1080ti for $635 so...

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