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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 29, 2014 9:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

Close-up with the ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC

 

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Looking at the card, you can see the overall design is very similar to the GTX 780 version of the STRIX card we looked at a few months back. The large dual fan cooler covers the majority of the PCB, and then some, as it shoots over the edge. We've got a massive heat sink sitting behind the two fans, and looking closer, you can see we've got a number of heat pipes coming out of the top and bottom of the card to help draw that heat away from the core.

 

The DirectCU II STRIX cooler did a good job last time we looked at it, and we're expecting it to continue to do very well on the new Maxwell based GPUs.

 

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It's interesting to find that ASUS is offering just a single eight-pin power connector here. The reference GTX 970 4GB design comes with a dual six-pin PCIe connector setup. The MSI GTX 970 Twin Frozr V Gaming OC card we looked at went slightly up on this with a single six-pin and single eight-pin PCIe connector. However, for people wanting a video card that doesn't draw too much power, and still manages to offer strong performance, this could be a great option. We'll see just what kind of power draw numbers the card offers a little later on.

 

Moving closer to the front, you can see our two SLI connectors. Because of the larger cooler, you can see that ASUS has actually extended the PCB here, so you can use three card setups without any problems. While this addition is small, it is a thoughtful addition for people wanting a multiple video card setup.

 

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Here you can see that we've got two Dual Link DVI connectors in the form of a single DVI-I and DVI-D. Along with that, we've also got a full-size HDMI, and full-size DisplayPort connector. As a heavy DisplayPort user, I must admit I prefer the reference design, which includes a single Dual-Link DVI and HDMI port alongside three full-size DisplayPort connectors.

 

 

Specifications

 

As we saw on the front of the box, we're dealing with an OC version of the GTX 970 4GB. Out of the box, the reference GTX 970 4GB comes with a 1050MHz core clock that is then boosted to 1178MHz. The 4GB GDDR5 comes in at 7000MHz QDR. However, looking below, you can see that ASUS has increased the clock speeds of the cards as you'd expect.

 

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As for the core, that has been kicked up to 1114MHz, which is then boosted to 1253MHz. The 4GB of GDDR5 comes in at the stock 7012MHz QDR clock. This isn't a huge surprise, and we see most companies ignore the memory clock, and instead opt to push the core clock higher.

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