Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
When the GTX 970 4GB launched just last month, the price difference between it and the R9 290X 4GB was quite significant. Considering the performance of the card ,and the cheaper price point, it was a no brainer when it came to picking the new Maxwell based GPU over the AMD offering.
Jump forward a month, and throw in a significant price drop that sees the R9 290X 4GB come in at about the same price point as the GTX 970 4GB, and it's still a no brainer. While both cards perform similarly, and at times the R9 290X 4GB does manage to take out the win, the simple fact is that people don't want to buy a card that is a year old.
When it comes to performance and value, buying the R9 290X 4GB over the GTX 970 4GB wouldn't be as horrible of a choice now as it was just a month ago. The problem is: people don't want to buy a card that is so old now. In terms of technology, a year is a long time. AMD will also eventually release new cards (sooner than later), and the focus will move away from these R9 offerings. NVIDIA, on the other hand, will be concentrating on improving the performance of the GTX 900 series through drivers for quite a while.
One area we do see the similarly priced GTX 970 4GB fall behind consistently is at the massive 4K resolution. If you're wondering what card you should get if you're interested in gaming at 4K, then wonder no longer. While the R9 290X 4GB might seem like the easy choice, the simple fact is both cards can't give us the FPS we need when only one is used.
As for how the STRIX version of the GTX 970 4GB compares to others: it's solid. We really haven't had a chance to look at many versions of the card, but we know we're fans of it, as it offers some great value for money. Although, the STRIX version is really a step ahead when it comes to silent gaming. ASUS is really one of the only companies, if not the only company, that offers the ability to game silently on the new GTX 900 series.
While other companies offer a fan that doesn't spin when you're just cruising around your desktop, as soon as you do any form of gaming, the fans start to spin up. On the other hand, the ASUS STRIX version only spins up when more intensive gaming is underway. If you're playing something older, or just something that isn't quite as intensive, the fan will refrain from spinning while you're gaming.
While the package is a bit on the light side in terms of extras, this is fairly standard, as companies prefer to throw all their effort into the card itself. When it comes to this card, ASUS has done a really good job. We've got a nice core overclock out of the box, a solid cooler that really stands out for all the right reasons, and a price point that is perfect for a lot of people.
PRICING: You can find the ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5 Graphics Cards STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
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|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: While AMD dropped the price on the Radeon R9 series, they lack that new card smell that is present on the Maxwell series from NVIDIA. Combining Maxwell with the ASUS STRIX features, helps make the ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC a great video card for people wanting a card that offers fantastic performance with impressive noise and power numbers.
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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]
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