ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix review

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Product Showcase: GeForce GTX 980

Let's start with our photo-shoot. Two pages worth of photos then and all of them from our own photo-shoot.


So as you can see, this is the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix. Bear in mind that we test the Strix model specifically, which comes with a faster standard clock frequency. A DIGI+ VRM gas been asigned together with a strong 10-phases.


ASUS has built a custom board that differs from the reference design. You will spot a custom PCB with 10 phases and both a 6 and 8 pin power header for a little more overclocking headroom. 




The card is 29cm in length with the cooler included. This Strix series has higher factory clocks, the GPU core base clock is ticking over at a 1178 MHz core GPU clock frequency with a 1279 MHz Boost frequency.


The memory has been kept reference at 7.0 GHz (effective data-rate) on its 256-bit wide memory bus of 4 GB GDDR5 memory.



Overall ASUS is keeping their Strix slash ROG slash Own eyes style in all black and red with the red. Especially with the new design DirectCU II cooler it is a very nice looking product. 


Nice to see is that the product has a back-plate, something that is more common and popular these days. The card will have a maximum power design of 165 Watts, but due to the higher clocks and extensive tweaking please allow for 15, maybe 20 extra Watts. These boards have been designed with overclocking in mind. In combo with component selection it should be plenty for a nice tweak (or two). The DirectCU II cooler comes with 10mm heatpipes.


There is a alot of connectivity, you'll get three full size Display Port connectors, one full size HDMI 2.0 compatible connector and one DVI connectors. HDMI is 2.0 compatible meaning that compatible monitors and tellys can do UHD at 60 Hz, DP is 1.2 but has support for eDP 1.4. 

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