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ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Review

ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Review

We’ve ended up on a bit of an Asus binge recently. Not that we are complaining as they have been releasing some excellent products right across their STRIX range with highlights being the wireless headset and GTX 1080. Today we take a look at something very close to the latter, their custom design 1070. Welcome to our ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Review.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Review – The ROG Strix 1070

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ASUS package their 1070 Strix card in a box which is very similar to the rest of the product stack. It highlights a number of the key features, such as it being VR Ready. Inside in a smaller box, we find product documentation, software disc, and ROG velcro cable ties.

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The card is a dual slot product with a length of just under 12inches. ASUS go with a three fan cooler and those fans, with blades designed for low noise and high airflow, sit above a set of aluminium fins and direct contact heat pipes. ASUS enhance their card by adding high-quality components and Super Alloy Power II design (6+1 Phase) which they note greatly enhance efficiency, reduce power loss and minimise temperatures. These cards are also manufactured using the latest automated process which includes reduced use of harsh chemicals.Elsewhere on the design front, we get an extra set of 4pin fan headers which allow us to connect a couple of system fans and better tie the airflow in our case to the GPU, rather than CPU. And then there is the lighting…

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Like the Strix 1080, the 170 version features ASUS Aura lighting, some of which is on the heatsink cover with another logo on the backplate. This can be set to a wide range of colours and we can apply effects such as breathing, temperature or reaction to music.

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As far as the outputs go, we have DVI, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 2x DisplayPort. For the power input, a single 8pin connector. All key NVIDIA/Industry features are also supported including DirectX 12, CUDA, DirectCompute, 4K, Audio over DisplayPort/HDMI, PhysX, G-Sync, SLI (inc SLI HB) and Dynamic Super Resolution.

This card runs at 1633MHz out of the box with boost up to 1835MHz (1860MHz in OC mode). Memory sits at 2002MHz. In this 16nm Pascal GPU there are 1920 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, 120TMUs, 256bit memory bus and 8GB of GDDR5.

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ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Review – Software

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ASUS provide us with a few different pieces of software for the Strix 1070. The first is the Aura lighting configurator. We also get a little app which lets us quickly change between performance profiles or for those who want to get a little more hands-on, there is GPU Tweak 2 with full overclocking functionality. Finally, there is a copy of XSplit Gamecaster (1year licence) and of course the card is fully compatible with NVIDIAs own GeForce Experience application.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Review – Performance

Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-6950X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 10 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched.

NVIDIA Driver: 372.70
AMD Driver: Latest Crimson Edition (Summer 16)

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ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Review – Conclusion

When we reviewed the 1080 version of this card we noted that it was built to a high standard using quality components which were assembled well. Given that an almost identical design is used here it should be no surprise that the Strix 1070 is another impressive product As well as using their own PCB, enhanced components and backplate, the cooler also gets an enhanced design too. Added to that ASUS allow us to choose plenty of effects and colours, making this a feature rather than some bolted on lights which is how we have seen some other manufacturers approach this aspect.

On the performance front, this 1070 is hugely impressive. It easily outperforms the Founders Edition card and the other 1070s we’ve tested so far. The factory overclock also lets it perform even better against the direct competition from AMD, the Fury X. In all of our tests, the Strix 1070 finishes at worst, equal and in many cases a decent number of FPS ahead. The card games at 4K resolution and is future proof with decent DX12 performance and enough FPS to support VR gaming too

Looking at the thermals of the card, like all other high-end air-cooled models it runs a little hotter than the liquid cooled Fury X. That said, it does so at temperatures which are better than other 1070s and runs essentially silent while gaming, with the fans turning off at low load, or when at the desktop.

Summary: Quite simply the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 is the best version of this card we have tested to date.

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