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ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080: GPU Fan Headers Say What!?!

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Posted May 27, 2016 by Josh Jackson in News

The GTX 1080 has been making a wave ever since it’s release last week. FinFET is finally here and the wait has been entirely too long! NVIDIA released their own Founder’s Edition that left most of us thinking that we’ll just wait until the manufacturers bring their own variants out, but sometimes it can feel like we already know what we’re going to see. However, ASUS surprised me with a feature that sounds like the perfect combo for a high end GPU with the addition of a fan header on the board.

You’re probably thinking I’ve lost it at this point. “You’re seriously getting excited about a fan header!?!” Just bear with me for a sec! Admittedly, this isn’t the kind of feature the majority of users should be particularly concerned about. The ROG Strix has plenty of other things going for it anyways so I’m sure it’s going to be a much coveted card. Where this excites me is in the fact that I’ve been a SLI/Crossfire user for many years now. I understand all the impracticability of it, but what will never change is the fact that I think a computer looks 500 times better with two cards. Unfortunately, these configurations also generate a lot more heat. Under an intensive load, the GPU fans can get revved up pretty high and even though your computer can stay quiet at idle, loads can bring more fan noise than desired.

ASUS GPU Fan headerMost of the time, my case fan speeds are set in stone at a level that doesn’t bother me with noise. Considering I don’t want to change that setting all the time, I sacrifice a bit of air flow during loads even though the GPU fan noise would easily allow me to raise my case fan speed without it becoming noticeably audible. Hence the reason why I love this idea that ASUS is introducing here. Sure, it’s unlikely that those minor changes will dramatically change temperatures, but I would totally enjoy controlling my front case fans right from the GPU. Even if this feature is nothing more than gimmicky, the new ASUS ROG Strix looks phenomenal with it’s power phase design and RGB lighting. Check it out in the link below and if you’re like me, try to enjoy your memorial day weekend anyways, even if you know you can’t afford one of these any time soon!


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