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It may be RGB, but it has the cajones

by StagVT



Date Published

March 29, 2017

Date Built

March 29, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.987 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


This is actually an update on my rig from earlier this year. You can check that post out to look at the decisions I made for most of the components.

I included shipping and tax on the components as well.

I was finding that the 1060 was just not up to the task of keeping up with my over-clocked 6700k. I waited for the 1080ti to come out and hoped that the prices on the regular 1080 would drop, which they did.

I settled on the ASUS Strix 1080 based on performance and price. I am a die-hard EVGA fan, but I could not ignore the price on the ASUS card and watching reviews from LinusTechTips and HardwareCanucks I decided to snag it up.

I was not disappointed.

As for the excessive RGB... I guess it has become a sort of "meme" these days in the PC world. I actually run it in the static green and purple like the previous build. The RGB lighting just looked cool for the photos.

Part Reviews


Great board for the price.

I may have lucked out on this one because it seems most of the reviews out there said that these had QC issues. Mine works perfectly though.

The only complaint is a lack of rear IO connections. ONLY 4 USB ports (+ 1 USB-C)!? Ditch the PS/2 and give us USB!


Not the fastest, but fast enough. Faster than my SATA SSD for sure and the price is perfect.

Easy to set up as my boot drive. I have not had any issues so far.


I use this to store most of my games. Pretty fast drive with no problems.


I have had 6 of these drives over the years and each one still works to this day. I have never had an issue and they are super quiet when they spin up. A great "go-to" HDD.


Almost perfect.

Fantastic looks and great value. The only issue is there is not a lot of space at the bottom for a full size ATX mobo and 3 intake fans. All of the front panel connectors and USB headers would be blocked by the fans. Run a mATX mobo and you'll have no issues.

Case Fan

Probably the best looking RGB fans out there.

Pretty easy to set up with the Hue+ and software isn't too bad either. The only reason i'm giving 4 stars is that I wish these were a static-pressure optimized fan rather than an airflow type. They still seem to push plenty of air though.

Comments Sorted by:

uberlizard 1 Build 3 points 25 months ago

It is very RGB but it doesnt really hurt the eyes like some do. So, yeah, well done.

StagVT submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


Enthromir 2 points 25 months ago

Damnit, man! +1 sir

noodlebird 2 points 25 months ago

Gorgeous build! What resolution are you playing at?

noodlebird 2 points 25 months ago

Just saw it on your unigine scores, never mind!

StagVT submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Lol. Still rocking 1080p.

customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

InWin 303... Love that case. Great looking build

StagVT submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


StagVT submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Just checked out your builds. You do some sweet work my man.

customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thank you. The InWin 303 fallout and the evolv phanteks case build are mine.. The others were for friends that I built.

uzair.ak 2 points 20 months ago

awesome build :)

AllGhilliedOut 1 point 25 months ago

The build looks absolutely stunning c: I'm curious on your intake/exhaust setup, and if the single radiator cpu cooler performs well.

StagVT submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Intake from the 3 fans on the bottom and exhaust out the top three/PSU. The radiator for my very mild over clock works fine. If I was going higher than 4.3, I would opt for a 240.

newoldtimer 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

How'd you find enough ports on the HUE+ to have all those fans and rgb strips?

StagVT submitter 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

The fans and strips daisy-chain. One channel for the strips and the other for the fans.

newoldtimer 6 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Oh, I didn't know the fans daisy chained! Thanks!

gizzemac 0 points 23 months ago

My gpu is worse than the 750 not even ti so im salty that u got this but great build +1

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StagVT submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I would say that there are no designed flaws in these cards. One thing they do is the built in "OC mode" that pretty much pushes the card as far as it will go and be stable. I attempted to do a manual over clock myself and found that I was pretty much getting the same performance as the OC mode. This card does run a tad warm, but with a custom fan curve you can pull the temps down. The max temp I have had while gaming is 72C and that was for a brief second or two.

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StagVT submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

no problem. hope it helped.