When NVIDIA pulled the curtain up last month to reveal its latest top-end GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, it mentioned that the GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 would see special versions released that would bump the memory clock speeds -- 11Gbps for GTX 1080, and 9Gbps for GTX 1060. ASUS has now formally announced its take on both of these "OC" edition cards.
ASUS' GTX 1060 OC edition sports 6GB like most of the original cards, but has it clocked at 9Gbps (original was 8Gbps). This doesn't fall into one of ASUS' higher-tier series, but as you can see, it hold nothing back on the cooling front. The card sports two large fans and a slew of heatpipes to keep this already efficient GPU as cool as possible.
The GTX 1080 OC edition is a little more exciting, though, as it's part of the STRIX series, and boasts a huge cooler with three fans. NVIDIA's Founders Edition coolers are not known for their amazing cooling abilities, so this card looks to improve cooling on all fronts, which will undoubtedly help you achieve some impressive overclocks.
The STRIX edition also includes ASUS' AURA color system, which lets you spruce up its aesthetics with some delicious RGB LEDs. Because of its AURA Sync capabilities, you'll be able to sync the color schemes between this card and any other AURA Sync product, including of course current STRIX motherboards.
It's important to note that while the GTX 1080 Ti has an 11GB framebuffer to match its 11Gbps memory bandwidth, the 11Gbps version of the GTX 1080 sticks to the standard 8GB framebuffer.
ASUS hasn't confirmed when these new cards will launch, but we'd anticipate it to be very soon. Unfortunately, we don't have pricing information available yet, but we'll keep you informed when those details come through.