Introduction of the ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
It's been a long week and half as I took the time to upgrade our aging video card testbed. While the X79 platform is fantastic and continues to be a great performer, it just made sense for us to make the move over to the new X99 platform. Moving to the new X99 platform not only bought an upgrade in components, but also an upgrade in our benchmark line up.
Upgrading both our hardware and benchmark line up is always fantastic, but it also means that we have to scrap the results of everything we've tested before, and that's a lot of video cards. To give you an idea, the results of 196 video cards can no longer be used on our temperature, noise, and power graph. Although, we're also changing the way we test that from now.
We'll cover our testbed and the benchmarks a little later on; for now, let's briefly talk about what we're testing today. The first video card that's going to be tested on our new setup is the ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC. The STRIX series is one of the more recent additions to the ASUS line up, and we originally saw the series show up during Computex. Not too long ago, we had a chance to look at a GTX 700 series version of the card, and we found ourselves very impressed with what ASUS offered in the new series.
One of the biggest benefits is that the fan doesn't spin when the card is under low load. While this feature is showing up more and more these days, one of the biggest benefits about the STRIX version was that it wasn't just reserved to when the card was idle. In a gaming situation where the video card isn't too taxing, the fan will refrain from spinning. At Computex, we saw this work when the GTX 780 version was running StarCraft II and the fans did not spin.
Let's leave it at that, though, and move forward to see exactly what ASUS is offering with the GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC video card.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the box, we see the overall design is similar to the GTX 780 STRIX card we looked at, with the main difference being the image depicted. Instead of the claw marks, we have an almost robotic owl here. The main feature shown is the DirectCU II cooler. Some of the other major features noted include the fact it's an OC Edition, it carries 4GB of GDDR5, and DIGI+ VRM.
Turning the box over, you can see ASUS goes into some more detail on the card. On the left hand side, you can get a look at the card. Below that, we can see the connectivity options that are offered; we'll take a closer look at this on the next page.
As for the other big features, we've got the DirectCU II cooler, which allows the card to run 30% cooler while also offer silent gaming. DIGI+ VRM brings 30% less power noise, and 2.5x longer durability via a six-phase power design, which uses digital voltage regulators. The other main feature is the GPU Tweak software, which not only gives you the ability to overclock, but also the ability to live stream your gaming.
Looking at the bundle, you can clearly see it's a little on the light side, with just a speed setup guide, and driver CD included. Like most companies, though, this setup is becoming fairly standard, since most companies choose to concentrate on the product itself, instead of unnecessary bundle items.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Catzilla & Unigine Heaven]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Valley & Just Cause 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Metro: Last Light & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing Continued]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]