Overclocking and Overclocked Performance
The Gainward GTX 970 Phantom may have been clocked higher out of the box but the ASUS STRIX GTX 970 clocked higher with a bit of tweaking. We ended up with 1324/1463 MHz on the core and 1953MHz on the memory, the Gainward managed 1242/1394 and 1928MHz. With the highest clock speed the ASUS STRIX 970 is almost on par with a stock GTX 980…but not quite. Mind you, you can pick up a pair of ASUS STRIX 970s for a fraction more than the cost of a high spec GTX 980.