ASUS GTX970 Strix Review


ASUS GTX970 Strix Review


With the incredible brand identity of the ASUS Republic of Gamers products it seems a surprise that they would choose to bring in an entirely new range of hardware, especially when the high-end graphics cards such as the GTX970 usually get the full ROG treatment.

To have a product that will obviously be purchased in enormous numbers and to entrust it to something that relies solely upon the ASUS part of the equation is courageous. That bravery is rewarded in spades here.

The use of the DirectCU II cooler that has been so successful in other applications is a wise move, giving an essence of certainty to go alongside the underlying nVidia PCB. What a cooler it is too. It looks the absolute business with a massive heatpipe jutting out the side, a backplate to cover up all those unsightly solder points and chips, and two huge fans keeping the whole arrangement cool. It keeps it very cool in fact with our heavily overclocked one topping out at a chilly 67°C. Combine that with the lack of noise, always a bugbear of ours, and the Strix ticks all the boxes in cooling terms. The decision to limit the Strix brand to just a small side logo and different "owl eye" stickers on the fans themselves is perhaps sensible, although we'd like to have seen ASUS push the boat out a little more rather than resorting to the "none more black" looks.

Overclocking is where this really shines though. It's hardly a slouch out of the box but we still squeezed another 200MHz out of the Maxwell GPU and 100MHz from the GDDR5. This absolutely unleashed the beast. It's been a while since we've felt a card respond so eagerly to our overclocking efforts and the ASUS Strix went from a very quick, efficient, card into a foaming-at-the-mouth monster. Benchmarks were devoured and even the mighty GTX980 was regularly hauled in and sometimes surpassed.

If you've been looking with covetous eyes at the latest range of nVidia cards but found your purse a little light, then you will be pleased to know that the ASUS GTX970 Strix is deserving of your investment. It's cool, quiet, looks great, goes like a bat out of hell and is still more power efficient than the MSI Gaming version we reviewed before. There is nothing to dislike about it whatsoever. If this is a sign of what the Strix brand will do then we say bring it on.

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Most Recent Comments

02-10-2014, 09:48:44

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

02-10-2014, 09:59:42

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, 10:13:50

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, 10:23:51

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, 13:05:43

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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