ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card Review

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A Closer Look


The STRIX GTX 970 is a largely black design. The metal shround features some interesting detailing on it while the two fans have red stickers over them to resemble the owl’s eyes of the STRIX branding.

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A backplate comes fitted as standard which is most definitely a welcomed touch.

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At the bottom we get a glimpse of the rather chunky nickel plated copper heatpipes that ASUS have decided to use.

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At the top we spot the huge 10mm heat pipe, the bottom two (pictured above) are both 8mm. Three heatpipes are equipped in total.

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At the far end of the GPU we see an open-vented design so heat can be expelled into your case.

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The rear I/O has been pruned over the reference design. ASUS drop the multiple DisplayPort options in favour of dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. While giving you less flexibility, in theory most users of this card in practice are likely to have cost effective 1080p monitors, or a single 1440p or 4K monitor. You won’t be able to run triple G-Sync monitors…but if you wanted to surely you’d buy a GTX 980?

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Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Test Systems and Procedures
  4. 3DMark 11
  5. 3DMark
  6. Batman: Arkham Origins
  7. Battlefield 4
  8. Bioshock Infinite
  9. Hitman Absolution
  10. Metro Last Light
  11. Tomb Raider
  12. Unigine Valley
  13. Performance Summary
  14. Compute Performance
  15. Overclocking and Overclocked Performance
  16. Noise Levels
  17. Power Consumption
  18. Temperatures
  19. Final Thoughts
  20. View All

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8 Comments on ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card Review

  • Avatar Wayne says:

    It may be an effective and quiet cooler but it is one butt ugly appendage.

  • I love how this is not in stock anywhere

  • Avatar ufasas says:

    super quiet and cool at 40% fan speed, noisy since 50% xd , kinda huge card, my previous palit 770 with 3 fans is the same length, very efficient card, goes up to 1316mhz on core boost. one webshop told me it’s hard to get these ones, they ordered 20 asuses 3 months ago, but they have got only 8, 6 of them already sold

  • Avatar Guest says:

    i wonder how the evga 780 sc would fair up in that benchmark. The evga has a good 10/12 fps boost over vanilla 780’s. couldn’t be far behind they 970’s. My 780 stays very very cool.

  • Avatar Guy Parris says:

    i wonder how the evga 780 sc would fair up in that benchmark. The evga
    has a good 10/12 fps boost over vanilla 780’s. couldn’t be far behind
    they 970’s. My 780 stays very very cool as.

  • Avatar Adi Haha says:

    why isn’t anybody telling us about the backplate problem? why everywhere you look search about gtx 970 thay say it’s the coolest? i bought the other day the gtx 970 strix. why? well my 7870 saphire can’t handle games on ultra, it’s an old card that is going hard at it even now, but most of the AA titles require more powerfull gpus so i decided to upgrade. i had to choose between gygabite g1 gaming, msi and asus strix all 970s. i started searching the web for reviews and benchmarks. everywhere they said, that the strix has the less performance but it runs the coolest. so i sayd to myself, ok i will buy the strix because i don’t give a fuck about oc and 10 more fps. i want a card that runs cool. i bought it (300 pounds including delivery) i got the card the other day, swapped my 7870 with the 970 installed everything, entered gta v cranked up all the settings to ultra played for about 10 15 minutes, everything nice and dandy, i opened my cased to touch the gpu, to see how hot it is. guess what, that piece of shit backplate was 100 degrees celsius hot! it acts like a fucking insulator . in gpu tweek it says my gpu runs at 68 degrees but i can tell you that is bullshit, because i can’t touch my backplate for 1 minute because it burns. my 7870 when i play games it gets to 66 degrees and i can keep my hand on it without feeling like i’m getting burned. i am not a fanboy! i just told you my story ! do whatever the fuck you wanna do ! but keep in mind: buy from a retailer who has a good customer service so if what i said happens to you, you can return the card and get a refund. when you buy it be careful to open the box and not to damage it. buy it->test it-> touch it-> if it feels ok to you keep it if not->return it! again i am not a fanboy, i am trying to help others! i searched the web and everybody speaks about the good things nobody says anything about the shitty things! search on google: asus strix 970 backplate hot and you will see.my advice don’t buy it! get another card g1 gaming 970 or i don;t know

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