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ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB
- Excellent pricing, only a small price increase
- Most power-efficient card ever tested
- Passive operation in idle/low load
- Very quiet in gaming
- Massive additional OC potential
- 3x DP output - G-Sync Surround!
- Greatly improved efficiency (vs. older graphics cards)
- Backplate included
- Overclocked out of the box
- HDMI 2.0
- Voltage measurement points on the back
- 4 GB VRAM
- New software features (MFAA, DSR)
- Memory not overclocked
- Card is 14.5 cm tall, which might not fit all cases
ConclusionASUS has outdone themselves yet again. The GeForce GTX 980 STRIX OC is pretty much perfect, bringing significant improvements over the already excellent NVIDIA reference design. ASUS overclocked their card out of the box, which, depending on the resolution, yields a 5-7 % performance improvement. This lets it beat any single-GPU card on the market conclusively while also making it faster than the dual-GPU GTX 690 and roughly equal to the dual-GPU HD 7990. Just like the stock GTX 980, I'd recommend the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX for full detail gaming at 1440p and 1600p, with 4K being quite playable when two cards are teamed in SLI. The difference to AMD's single GPU flagship, the R9 290X, is roughly 20%. It would have been nice to also have the memory on the card overclocked out of the box since the memory chips have the headroom to do so. I recently reviewed the MSI GTX 980 Gaming, which ends up a little bit faster than ASUS's card, but ASUS makes up for that in other non-performance-related fields. We've seen the ASUS STRIX cooler from ASUS before, and it's a fantastic piece of technology. The fans will turn off completely in idle and during light gaming. Once the card reaches 67°C, the fans will spin up, but do so in a very quiet way that's barely noticeable. Even with full-on gaming, the card stays extremely quiet, running at only 30 dBA, which is barely audible when installed in a normal case with other noise sources, like the CPU cooler, HDD, and PSU. The MSI GTX 980 Gaming has exactly the same noise profile - both cards are the perfect choice if you are looking for low-noise high-performance gaming. The foundation for these low noise levels is certainly NVIDIA's Maxwell GPU, which comes with huge efficiency improvements. Less power consumed results in lower temperatures and less noise because the cooler doesn't have to cool such a big heat load. What really impresses me is that ASUS managed to improve efficiency even further by improving the board design. Even with the overclock out of the box and the dual-fan cooler, we see typical gaming power consumption that's lower than the NVIDIA reference board! Other cards, like the MSI GTX 980 Gaming, run much higher power consumption numbers. I'm not 100% sure what secret sauce ASUS is using, but it's working incredibly well. Another plus of the ASUS card as compared to the MSI Gaming is ASUS's inclusion of a backplate, for example, which not only improves looks, but also helps protect against damage during installation and handling. You can find the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX OC online for $580, which is a fantastic price. It's only $30 more expensive than the reference design, a safe investment for its awesome noise output alone. Compared to other (non-GTX 9xx) cards on the market, there really is no contest. AMD has recently dropped pricing of their R9 290X down to $360, which might make it more competitive than the GTX 980 in price-performance, but that is the only metric in AMD's favor. Much faster, with awesome power consumption, a super-quiet operation, and great overclocking potential, ASUS STRIX GTX 980 is better in every other regard. The only drawback is that the card appears to be out of stock in many stores, which doesn't surprise me at all. If you have the money, the GTX 980 is the card to buy. If you want to save some money, the GTX 970 is an excellent choice as well, having all the fantastic Maxwell improvements and a better price-to-performance ratio than any other high-end option on the market.
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC Video Card Review
Conclusion At around $150 to $200 more than the R9 290X 4GB, the GTX 980 4GB now has a decent price jump on the AMD counterpart. Direct competition to the GTX 980 4GB is quite limited these days thanks to the price drop that happened on the R9 290X 4GB. With that said, Sapphire has just launched an 8GB version of the R9 290X, which is designed to compete against the more expensive NVIDIA offering. The new Sapphire card will be the card I test following this review. With no real direct competitor to the GTX 980 4GB right now, the main question we need to answer is: Should you spend the extra $150 to $200 associated with the GTX 980 over the R9 290X or GTX 970? The answer is simple: Yes, if you can afford it. The simple fact is, if you're after the fastest single GPU solution at the moment, then you can't look past the new Maxwell based GTX 980. The only times that you see the R9 290X 4GB come into play is when we move to the 4K resolution. While this is good news for the R9 290X 4GB, which comes in at a more aggressive price point, when this resolution does have a lead, the FPS are so far below where we need them to be that it's irrelevant. So, the only time it could really come into play is if you're opting for a dual card setup. Now let's get into specifics. As far as the GTX 980 goes, this is an awesome option. We've had a chance to look at a couple, and they've all been very good. The DirectCU II cooler with its 0dB technology is something that's going to be appreciated by users wanting a quieter system. While the fans refraining from spinning at idle isn't anything new. What makes the STRIX card stand out is the fact that the fans also continue to not spin under low load environments. This means that if you're playing something a bit older, or just not all that intensive, the card continues to be silent. Combined with the right cooler and case, you could be gaming with solid FPS while your PC is nearly silent. We've looked at a couple of great GTX 980 4GB cards already, and this is another one on hand. If you're looking for some strong performance, a fantastic cooler, and a design that can offer nearly silent gaming in certain situations. The ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC could very well be the right choice for you. PRICING: You can find the ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal. United States: The ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC retails for $579.99 at Amazon.