ASUS GTX970 Strix Review

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The Owl part of the Strix brand - Strix being Latin for owl - is in full effect here with the packaging advertising both the owl, to differentiate it from regular ASUS products, and the design of the heatsink. Both offer the eyes as the primary feature as we saw from the Pro Headset as well as the Strix logo.

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By utilising the DirectCU II cooler as the base ASUS have given the Strix GTX970 the guarantee of excellent cooling performance whilst retaining the flexibility to ensure the looks are suitably owlish. With any heavy branding there is a possibility to under-utilise it once the actual product comes to be designed, and whilst nobody could accuse the Strix 970 of being covered in feathers, it at least shows some tendency towards the theme of the card.

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With only a single 8pin input the Strix is gentle on the power consumption. The DirectCU II cooler, especially with the backplate, looks the business. We never tire of seeing a big fat heatpipe promising low temperatures.

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"Mom, my card is looking deep into the depths of my soul!".

Round the business end there is the usual selection of nVidia outputs, namely two DVIs, a DisplayPort and an HDMI.

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Most Recent Comments

02-10-2014, 09:48:44

Tripp
Spot on timing there tom, just got home from the gym an grabbed a cuppa hahaQuote

02-10-2014, 09:59:42

SieB
This was the 970 I ideally wanted but couldn't be arsed waiting for stock so I ordered the MSI instead.

The improvements over the old DCUII are good, I love how this card (as do many of the other 970s) runs passive up to 60*c. People have been getting some good overclocks from these Strix cards as well, 1853mhz is pretty high and I wouldn't be surprised if we see 2000mhz with a custom BIOS in the future.Quote

02-10-2014, 10:13:50

Wraith
Damn Guv! Nicely done, what's not to like it's a cracking card, that power draw is staggering, nVidia has nailed it with Maxwell, AMD has some serious work to do to rival this.Quote

02-10-2014, 10:23:51

Master&Puppet
I've been waiting for this generation of cards to upgrade from my 2 water cooled 7950s and this looks like the card to go for. Great out of the box performance and decent overclocking too. I think I'll be picking up two of these for cruising through 1440p and I notice that on coolingconfigurator the EK-FC670 GTX DCII GPU block looks like it may well fit...Quote

02-10-2014, 13:05:43

RickPlaysWarr
Dammit! I just bought the GTX760 Striker for my Hero build. I was going to buy a second but now there is the Strix 970 at about the same price. Time to start over and see about getting a 970 or 980 and then a second one (facepalm) !!!!!Quote
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