Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC Graphics Card

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Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC Graphics Card

November 16, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti OC
Graphics Card
Manufacturer
Asus
Street Price
US$710

Last winter we published a series of quiet gaming PC build guides featuring Maxwell-based GPUs from Nvidia. When it came to component selection, the GTX 970 and GTX 980 were the easiest choices we had to make given their substantially lower power demands compared to their AMD counterparts. The Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core and Asus GTX 980 Strix were particularly impressive as they were equipped with excellent cooling solutions — silencing most of the builds was fairly simple. At the time, the GTX 980 was the fastest single GPU graphics card on the market and a great choice for high-end, quiet gaming. That being said, the card could still struggle, especially at 4K and multi-monitor resolutions, but to get more performance, the only option was an undoubtedly louder multi-GPU configuration.

High-End GTX 900 Series Comparison
Model
GTX Titan X
GTX 980 Ti
GTX 980
GTX 970
Transistor Count
8.0 billion
8.0 billion
5.2 billion
5.2 billion
ROPs
96
96
64
56
CUDA Cores
3072
2816
2048
1664
Core Frequency
1000 MHz
1000 MHz
1126 MHz
1050 MHz
Boost Frequency (max)
1089 GHz
1076 GHz
1216 MHz
1178 MHz
Memory Frequency
7010 MHz
Memory Size
12GB
6GB
4GB
3.5+0.5GB
Memory Bus
384-bit
384-bit
256-bit
224+28-bit
TDP
250W
250W
165W
145W
Starting Price
US$990
US$650
US$490
US$320

For hardcore gamers hoping to stick to a single GPU, some help arrived in the spring in the form of the new performance leader, the GTX Titan X, which current costs almost US$1000. In the summer, the similarly-capable GTX 980 Ti appeared, which currently occupies the ~US$700 price-point. This is the more pragmatic choice, a relative bargain by comparison. The 980 Ti is significant upgrade over the 980, sporting substantially more ROPs and cores, higher clock speeds, and an extra 2GB of video memory on a wider memory bus. With these enhancements comes a much higher TDP, though the 85W disparity may not be indicative of how much additional power and heat will be generated in real world operation. From a silencing perspective, we want to know how big this difference actually is and whether the cooling solution is sufficient to tame it quietly. Like the GTX 980, our first GTX 980 Ti sample is from Asus, the Strix OC edition.


The GTX 980 Ti Strix OC.


Packaging.


Contents.

This time around Asus offers two different Strix models, ours being the faster of the two, though they are both outfitted with the same formidable looking DirectCU cooler. The heatsink is substantially sized, has thick nickel-plated heatpipes visible on both sides, and is cooled by a trio of 92 mm fans. A premium cooling solution is a necessity as the Strix OC is faster than the reference GTX 980 Ti by about 100 and 200 MHz respectively in GPU boost clock speed and memory frequency. It ships with plenty of foam padding but not too many accessories. The card requires a pair of 8-pin power connectors which some power supplies may lack, so they've included one dual 6-pin to 8-pin adapter along with the software disc, documentation, and sticker. Buyers of this model, along with many of Asus' current video cards, can also receive a free one year subscription to XSplit Premium, a recording/streaming service.

Specifications: Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC
(STRIX-GTX980TI-DC3OC-6GD5-GAMING)
(from the product web page)
Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TI
Bus Standard PCI Express 3.0
OpenGL OpenGL®4.5
Video Memory GDDR5 6GB
Engine Clock OC Mode - GPU Boost Clock : 1317 MHZ , GPU Base Clock : 1216 MHz
Gaming Mode (Default) - GPU Boost Clock : 1291 MHz , GPU Base Clock : 1190 MHz
CUDA Core 2816
Memory Clock 7200 MHz
Memory Interface 384-bit
Resolution Digital Max Resolution : 4096x2160
Interface DVI Output : Yes x 1 (Native) (DVI-I)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (Native) (HDMI 2.0)
Display Port : Yes x 3 (Native) (Regular DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
Power Consumption Up to 375W, additional 8+8 pin PCIe power required
Accessories 1 x Power cable
1 x STRIX Laser Sticker
Software ASUS GPU Tweak II & Driver
Dimensions 12 " x 6 " x 1.57 " Inch
30.5 x 15.22 x 3.98 Centimeter
Note • To have the best cooling performance, ASUS STRIX-GTX980TI-DC3OC-6GD5-GAMING extends the fansink to 2 slots. Please double check you Chassis and Motherboard dimension prior to purchase to make sure it fits in your system!
• Note that the actual boost clock will vary depending on actual system conditions. For more information, please visit http://www.geforce.com/


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