ASUS GTX970 Strix Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS GTX970 Strix Review


The ASUS Strix brand seems to be expanding at a rate that would put the Big Bang to shame, and the latest product with the Owl branding to cross our desks in the GTX970 Strix. 

We saw in our review of the initial Maxwell cards that the GTX980 and GTX970 both have plenty of performance to go with their excellent power efficiency. The question on everyone's lips, including our own, is whether the GTX970 can be heavily overclocked to bring it near to the GTX980.

It's the near perfect encapsulation of our Overclock3D company. Overclocking something designed to produce polygons and seeing if you can bridge the gap to the next model without emptying your wallet.

With the DirectCU II cooler the ASUS Strix is a great opportunity to do this, so let's crack on.

Technical Specifications

The GPU clock is already a big one, and with an additional blean of memory speed the Strix should provide a good platform for our testing.

  • Graphics Engine : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
  • Bus Standard : PCI Express 3.0
  • Video Memory : GDDR5 4GB
  • GPU Boost Clock : 1253 MHz  
  • GPU Base Clock : 1114 MHz
  • CUDA Core : 1664
  • Memory Clock : 7010 MHz ( GDDR5 )
  • Memory Interface : 256-bit
  • DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I), Yes x 1 (DVI-D)
    HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (HDMI 2.0)
    Display Port : Yes x 1 (Regular DP)
    HDCP Support : Yes
  • Power Consumption : up to 225W 8 pin PCIe power required
  • Software : ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver
  • Dimensions : 280 x 140 x40 mm
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Most Recent Comments

02-10-2014, 13:48:44

Spot on timing there tom, just got home from the gym an grabbed a cuppa hahaQuote

02-10-2014, 13:59:42

This was the 970 I ideally wanted but couldn't be arsed waiting for stock so I ordered the MSI instead.

The improvements over the old DCUII are good, I love how this card (as do many of the other 970s) runs passive up to 60*c. People have been getting some good overclocks from these Strix cards as well, 1853mhz is pretty high and I wouldn't be surprised if we see 2000mhz with a custom BIOS in the future.Quote

02-10-2014, 14:13:50

Damn Guv! Nicely done, what's not to like it's a cracking card, that power draw is staggering, nVidia has nailed it with Maxwell, AMD has some serious work to do to rival this.Quote

02-10-2014, 14:23:51

I've been waiting for this generation of cards to upgrade from my 2 water cooled 7950s and this looks like the card to go for. Great out of the box performance and decent overclocking too. I think I'll be picking up two of these for cruising through 1440p and I notice that on coolingconfigurator the EK-FC670 GTX DCII GPU block looks like it may well fit...Quote

02-10-2014, 17:05:43

Dammit! I just bought the GTX760 Striker for my Hero build. I was going to buy a second but now there is the Strix 970 at about the same price. Time to start over and see about getting a 970 or 980 and then a second one (facepalm) !!!!!Quote

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