ASUS STRIX Gaming GTX 980 Ti 6GB Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 20.07.15
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Conclusion


General +  
The GTX 980 Ti Strix Gaming with 6 Gigabyte of GDDR5 memory is simply the fastest card we've had for testing yet. The new DirectCU III cooler, which is capable of deactivating the fans, when the card is in idle does a great job. Apart from that there is a high quality power design, which allows overclocking the GM200 significantly. Looking at performance this card is insanely fast, overclocking itself to a maximum boost clock of a staggering 1430 MHz. Compare that with the 2816 CUDA cores, and you can grasp, that this card is seriously fast. Putting this card through all the different games, we noticed, that it is actually capable of running UHD smoothly. Apparently, when there are high detail settings used in UHD then even this card struggles, but without anti aliasing activated almost any game can be played at 3840 x 2160.
Basically there is only one drawback with this card: it is quite expensive. Already the reference GTX 980 Ti is able to tear a huge hole into your pocket and the GTX 980 Ti STRIX from ASUS costs about 80 Euro more than the reference card. Considering the already high price of the GTX 980 Ti reference cards and the fact, that this particular model features a great cooler as well as an equally great power design, the extra 80 Euro are justified.
  - Cooling
- Design
- Noise level
 
 
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
As noted earlier, the DirectCU III cooler on this particular card is really powerful. We very much like the fact, that in idle this card is inaudible, since the fans are not spinning at all. Under load the card is still very silent and the cooler maintains a maximum temperature of 80°C, which is a perfectly reasonable temperature target.   - Inaudible in 2D
- Silent in 3D
 
 
Performance   + -
Compared to the reference design, this card features a massive 241 MHz factory overclock regarding the boost clock. Therefore the performance is significantly higher, than what you would be getting from a reference card. On average you can expect this particular card to be about 22 percent faster than the reference GTX 980 Ti. ASUS even overclocked the memory chips on this particular card.

When it comes to power consumption we see that our system burns 66 Watts in idle and 336 Watts under full load. Overall power consumption is on the level we expected it to be and the high quality power design helps scraping off a few Watts every here and there.
  - Perforamnce
- Factory OC
 
Recommendation / Price   + -
At the moment we find this card listed in Europe for 754 Euro. At this price point the ASUS STRIX Gaming GTX 980 Ti 6 GB is anything but cheap, but keeping in mind that this is one of the fastest single GPU cards available today, the price is adequate. As we already mentioned the this particular custom card costs about 80 Euro more than the cheapest reference model, and keeping in mind, that you get a great cooler as well as a complex custom PCB, the extra is justified. Should you be looking for an insanley fast single GPU card and should the price not be a concern, then this is an excellent choice.   - 2160p Gaming
- Silent PC
 
The ASUS STRIX Gaming GTX 980 Ti 6GB receives excellent 5 out of 5 stars.
 



 




Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications Page 11 - Thief
Page 2 - The card Page 12 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery Page 13 - Metro Last Light
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 14 - Far Cry 4
Page 5 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 15 - GTA V
Page 6 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 16 - GRID Autosport
Page 7 - Battlefield 4 Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Watch Dogs Page 18 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 9 - Tomb Raider Page 19 - Performance Index & Price
Page 10 - Crysis 3 Page 20 - Conclusion
   





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