ASUS GTX980 Strix Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS GTX980 Strix Review


Having feasted your eyes on both the ASUS GTX970 Strix and the reference nVidia model, it's time to see what the combination of the ASUS Strix cooler and clock speeds can bring to the already excellent GTX980.

One of those great products that almost requires no introduction, you know exactly what you're going to get, and so do we. So let's not waste any time explaining about the Maxwell architecture and get on with the important business of overclocking the nuts off this and seeing how it performs.

Technical Specifications

ASUS have helped us on our way by overclocking the Strix to nearly 1280MHz when the GPU is on the boost. Beyond that it's fairly standard under the hood, but that hood is the excellent ASUS DirectCU II cooler, so this should also be quite and frosty.

ModelStrix GTX980
Graphics EngineNVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Bus StandardPCI Express 3.0
Video MemoryGDDR5 4GB
Engine Clock
  • GPU Boost Clock : 1279 MHz
    GPU Base Clock : 1178 MHz
CUDA Core2048
Memory Clock7010 MHz
Memory Interface256-bit
InterfaceDVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (HDMI 2.0)
Display Port : Yes x 3 (Regular DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
Power Consumptionup to 300W (additional 6+8 pin PCIe power)
Accessories1 x Power cable
ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver
Dimensions28.86 x 13.44 x4.09 Centimeter
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Most Recent Comments

03-10-2014, 07:01:43

its that price tag that is stopping me or I would buy it in a heartbeatQuote

03-10-2014, 07:05:26

Originally Posted by oncloud9 View Post
its that price tag that is stopping me or I would buy it in a heartbeat
£100 less than the 780 Ti would have been....Quote

03-10-2014, 08:20:19

Typical we in Australia are being ripped off the 980's are more expensive the the 780Ti the Strix here is $869 more than $100 dearerQuote

03-10-2014, 09:01:36

Nice review and comparing the 980 to 970 results I would question for those running 1080p is the extra £ for the 980 worth itQuote

03-10-2014, 12:57:34

Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
Nice review and comparing the 980 to 970 results I would question for those running 1080p is the extra £ for the 980 worth it
The price difference for the cards is substantial, but when you're looking at the cost of entire systems each one is going to come in much closer to the same £/performance mark. And really, that's the most logical way of looking at it. Your PSU is one of those things you have to buy, but it's not going to give you any better framerates. Nor is your harddrive, your case, or most of the other things you spend money on.

To illustrate the point: PCPartPicker's current $1000 and $1200 pre-configured builds sport a 970 and 980 respectively at the moment. The 970 build is still slightly better price/performance, but the difference is massively smaller than looking at the cards directly.Quote

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