Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC Graphics Card

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MP3 Sound Recordings

These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

Each recording starts with ambient noise, then 5~10 second segments of product at various states. For the most realistic results, set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then don't change the volume setting again while comparing all the sound files.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Considering the level of performance it offers, the noise output of the Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix is stellar. The fans are shut off when the GPU is not being taxed so it's completely silent during 2D operation. The fan control is a bit aggressive but if it's relaxed, it's extremely quiet under normal gaming conditions. The sound quality of the fans aren't great and there is some faint coil whine, but neither should bother you if the card is installed properly in a case with the side panel in place. Outside of synthetic loads, its power draw is only moderately higher than the GTX 980 Strix, but the 980 Ti's substantial triple fan cooler is enough of an upgrade that there's little effective difference. And even if you're not particularly noise conscious, the hefty heatsink/fan combination offers some additional overclocking headroom.

Consensus among other review sites pegs the reference GTX 980 Ti's performance at about 30% higher than the GTX 980 and just slightly lower than the GTX Titan X. However, the latter is overtaken by 10% or more by overclocked retail versions of the GTX 980 Ti, with the Strix model being one of the fastest of the bunch. The actual difference isn't that important as the Titan X's US$300 premium makes it a seriously poor value. On the other side of the aisle, AMD's R9 Fury X isn't quite competitive as it is priced similarly to the 980 Ti but slower by 5~10%. It's also water-cooled by default which means higher idle noise and there have been many user complaints concerning high pitched whining generated by the pump. All in all, the Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC is a superb option for high performance gaming at QHD/UHD resolutions without compromising on noise.

Our thanks to Asus for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix OC video card sample.


The Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC wins the SPCR's Editor's Choice Award

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