ASUS GTX980 Strix Review

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If you've come here fresh from our review of the ASUS GTX970 Strix, then all of this will be familiar. It almost makes the GTX970 Strix more desirable to know that it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the two cards. 

The packaging is a nice combination of the standard ASUS clarity - the fantasy drawings of old are long behind us - and the owl that forms the backbone of that Strix branding.

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The card comes with the awesome ASUS DirectCU II cooler which is extremely angular and futuristic on the top, with the smooth, well ventilated, backplate covering up the unsightly extra chips and soldering that always blight the bit of a graphics card you actually see. With windowed cases the absolute norm it surprises us how few manufacturers make an effort to give as much attention to the visible bit as we see given to the cooling fans and shroud.

ASUS GTX980 Strix Review     ASUS GTX980 Strix Review  

We're sure there must be a good design reason as to why the fans look like they've slipped to the right, but it is slightly offputting. The neat-freak in us makes us wish the right hand edge of the PCB was the end of the entire card. Overhangs never look good.

Power is a 8+6pin, which is more than the reference models 6+6 arrangment. Hopefully this hasn't compromised the low power draw.

ASUS GTX980 Strix Review     ASUS GTX980 Strix Review  

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Most Recent Comments

03-10-2014, 07:01:43

oncloud9
its that price tag that is stopping me or I would buy it in a heartbeatQuote

03-10-2014, 07:05:26

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by oncloud9 View Post
its that price tag that is stopping me or I would buy it in a heartbeat
£100 less than the 780 Ti would have been....Quote

03-10-2014, 08:20:19

Excalabur50
Typical we in Australia are being ripped off the 980's are more expensive the the 780Ti the Strix here is $869 more than $100 dearerQuote

03-10-2014, 09:01:36

Greenback
Nice review and comparing the 980 to 970 results I would question for those running 1080p is the extra £ for the 980 worth itQuote

03-10-2014, 12:57:34

PatHeist
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Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
Nice review and comparing the 980 to 970 results I would question for those running 1080p is the extra £ for the 980 worth it
The price difference for the cards is substantial, but when you're looking at the cost of entire systems each one is going to come in much closer to the same £/performance mark. And really, that's the most logical way of looking at it. Your PSU is one of those things you have to buy, but it's not going to give you any better framerates. Nor is your harddrive, your case, or most of the other things you spend money on.

To illustrate the point: PCPartPicker's current $1000 and $1200 pre-configured builds sport a 970 and 980 respectively at the moment. The 970 build is still slightly better price/performance, but the difference is massively smaller than looking at the cards directly.Quote
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