Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
At around $150 to $200 more than the R9 290X 4GB, the GTX 980 4GB now has a decent price jump on the AMD counterpart. Direct competition to the GTX 980 4GB is quite limited these days thanks to the price drop that happened on the R9 290X 4GB. With that said, Sapphire has just launched an 8GB version of the R9 290X, which is designed to compete against the more expensive NVIDIA offering. The new Sapphire card will be the card I test following this review.
With no real direct competitor to the GTX 980 4GB right now, the main question we need to answer is: Should you spend the extra $150 to $200 associated with the GTX 980 over the R9 290X or GTX 970? The answer is simple: Yes, if you can afford it. The simple fact is, if you're after the fastest single GPU solution at the moment, then you can't look past the new Maxwell based GTX 980.
The only times that you see the R9 290X 4GB come into play is when we move to the 4K resolution. While this is good news for the R9 290X 4GB, which comes in at a more aggressive price point, when this resolution does have a lead, the FPS are so far below where we need them to be that it's irrelevant. So, the only time it could really come into play is if you're opting for a dual card setup.
Now let's get into specifics. As far as the GTX 980 goes, this is an awesome option. We've had a chance to look at a couple, and they've all been very good. The DirectCU II cooler with its 0dB technology is something that's going to be appreciated by users wanting a quieter system. While the fans refraining from spinning at idle isn't anything new. What makes the STRIX card stand out is the fact that the fans also continue to not spin under low load environments. This means that if you're playing something a bit older, or just not all that intensive, the card continues to be silent. Combined with the right cooler and case, you could be gaming with solid FPS while your PC is nearly silent.
We've looked at a couple of great GTX 980 4GB cards already, and this is another one on hand. If you're looking for some strong performance, a fantastic cooler, and a design that can offer nearly silent gaming in certain situations. The ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC could very well be the right choice for you.
PRICING: You can find the ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC 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.
United States: The ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC retails for $579.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||93%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 GPU continues to impress us and the ASUS STRIX version we've got on hand helps continue that trend. Combining the impressive STRIX series, with the impressive GTX 980 core, makes for just an excellent video card that stands out for all the right reasons.
- 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]
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