ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX OC Edition Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 19.09.14
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General + -
The ASUS GTX 970 STRIX is an overall really interesting card and the news, scaled down version of NVIDIA's GM204 Maxwell chip is surprisingly quick. Thanks to a decent factory overclock and a the great STRIX custom cooler this is not just a fast but also a silent graphics card. The manufacturing quality is very good too and the backplate is definitely a must when you are looking at a premium graphics card. Apart from that, the GTX 970 appears to really like overclocking, meaning we were really surprise to able to push this card all the way up to 1'450 MHz! Keeping in mind that the reference boost clock is set to 1'178 MHz this means there is still a lot of headroom and overclocking these cards, even aircooled is a lot of fun and you can squeeze a really decent boost of your card.

The only thing we would like to see improved with this particular card is the bundle. We'd love to find a few additional goodies, since after all this is a premium card.
  - Performance
- Intelligent fan control - Cooling
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
The GPU temperatures were very good at a maximum of 69°C under heavy FurMark load with the fans locked at 30% fan speed. From a noise level perspective, the new STRIX series from ASUS provides 0dB while in idle or under very low-loads, which means the fans are completely off and they're designed to start spinning when GPU reaches 65 degress. Furthermore, the cooler is really powerful and it keeps the card at reasonable temperatures even under heavy load. When running Furmark for 15 minutes the GPU temperature never passed 69 degrees, which is way lower then what you get with the NVIDIA's reference cooler.   - Noise level in both idle and load - 0dB in idle  
Performance   + -
A closer look at overall performance shows that the GTX 970 STRIX OC Edition is, on average almost 32 percent faster than a reference GTX 770. The new Maxwell based graphics cards are definitely an upgrade over the old architecture. Taking a look at the clock speed shows that this card clocks at 1'265 MHz on average, when applying heavy 3D loads. At this point one can really see GPU Boost 2.0 doing its job, since it always tries to get the maximum clock speeds out of the card, without overstepping the temperature target. 
A closer look at power consumption shows, that our test system, equipped with the GTX 970 STRIX OC Edition, burns 63 Watts under idle conditions and 252 Watts under load. We would have expected the idle power consumption to be closer to the results gathered with the GTX 750 Ti. Load power consumption is really good with this card, especially if you consider the performance level this card reaches.
  - Performance/Watt
- Power consumption under load
Recommendation / Price   + -
The ASUS GTX 970 STRIX is a seriously quick graphics card, which comes bundled with a great cooler and on top of all that the GTX 970 offers excellent energy efficiency. At the moment the MSRP of the GTX 970 is 299 US-Dollar, which makes the GTX 970 hit the sweet spot. We have to say for this price, the GTX 970 is a very juicy offer.   - Gaming
- Enthusiast
The GTX 970 STRIX from ASUS receives 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications Page 11 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - The card Page 12 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery Page 13 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 14 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 5 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 15 - Metro: Last Light
Page 6 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 16 - GTA V
Page 7 - BattleField 3 Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Bioshock Infinite Page 18 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 9 - Crysis 3 Page 19 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 10 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Page 20 - Conclusion

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