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ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix Review

ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix Review

We’ve reviewed a few GTX 980 Ti based products over the last few weeks and all have been impressive. Good temps, nice designs, excellent framerates. As always though ASUS are out to beat the competition and that’s where we end our 980 Ti coverage, for now, with our ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix Review.

ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix Review – packaging and Bundle

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Strix is a mythological bird which fed on human flesh and blood and so ASUS have a stylised version of that on their packaging for the range. Their 7.1 headset even has LEDs on the earcups which look like its eyes. Focus is given to the low noise operation on the packaging and inside we find power cable, sticker, product documentation and a disc. Also available to us is their Strix software which allows us to tweak the card speeds, monitor it and apply pre-set performance profiles. The software also includes an Xsplit licence for 1 year as well as a few quick system/OS tweak options.


ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix Review – The Card

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So what sets an ASUS card apart from the competition? Well as the base level, their manufacturing process has been enhanced to a level which they state is aerospace level. This includes flux-free production, 100% automation, including optical inspection, enhanced alloy mix (reduces noise), improved finish (no sharp solder bumps etc) and they have managed to minimise electricity use during manufacturing, helping the environment.

In the case of the Strix, we get the latest DirectCU 3 cooler which features three aeroplane inspired fans (Wing-Blade) which enhanced the air pressure and flow. A large backplate is in place along with the red plate which ASUS call “GPU fortifier”. It helps strengthen the PCB and reduce stress around the GPU while the enhanced 14 phase power circuitry (super alloy 2 capacitors with 90,000+ hours lifespan and concrete alloy chokes) also reduces electrical whine and power loss. Our multiple heatpipes are copper, make direct contact with the GPU and two of them are 10mm. As is common, the three fans turn off at idle/low load (below 65c) offering silent operation and the top of the card has a pulsing Strix LED. There are also two handy status LEDs beside the power connectors which let us know if they are connected correctly.


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On the top edge of the card we find a set of power connectors, both eight pin. Outputs come in the form of DVI, 3x DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0. We can connect multiple displays at the same time and 4K resolution is supported as is 3D. All key NVIDIA/Industry features are also supported including DirectX 12, CUDA, DirectCompute, Audio over DisplayPort/HDMI, PhysX, G-Sync and Dynamic Super Resolution.

As far as specifications go, this card runs at 1216MHz out of the box with boost up to 1317MHz. Memory sits at 1800MHz. Past that the standard GTX 980 Ti specifications remain. So 2816 CUDA cores, 96 ROPs, 176TMUs, 384bit memory bus and 6GB of GDDR5.


ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix Review – Performance

Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-5960X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 8.1 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched.

All testing was performed on a BenQ BL3201 4k Display


NVIDIA Driver: 353.30
AMD Driver: 15.15.1004 Beta/15.7


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ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality we have a card which sits at the top of the pile. ASUS have always had well built products and it is great to see that they are continuing to improve their manufacturing processes, both in component choice and assembly. The card looks nice in a system thanks to the backplate, LEDs and fortifier…speaking of that, all enhancements which help strengthen a larger PCB are welcomed as they show some extra care and attention from the manufacturer.

As far as value goes, we get a decent warranty and good pricing…if the card is all that was on offer. ASUS go above and beyond on that front too though, offering a nice software tool and Xsplit licence. It would be cool though if they offered some form of online sign up, either an Xsplit licence or a free game…not everyone wants Xsplit (in fact it may be the minority who do).

Looking to performance and that’s where this card excels. On paper it is the fastest GTX 980 Ti that we have tested and running through the results compared to the others we looked at recently, the Strix was always the fastest card. Of course being the fastest 980 Ti also means that it outperforms the closest competition from AMD, the Fury X. At both 4k and 1440 resolutions. Temperatures are competitive but it is the noise levels where the card really stands out, silent operation at low load is pretty normal nowadays but even when the fans do spin up on the Strix they are near silent.

Summary: The best GTX 980 Ti we have tested, without doubt.


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Stuart Davidson

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    Ordered 1 on July 17th… waiting… waiting… waiting…

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