ASUS updates their popular series with the GTX 980 STRIX DC II OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2015 - 05:31 PM |
Tagged: GTX 980 STRIX DirectCU II OC, strix, asus, nvidia, factory overclocked

ASUS' popular STRIX line was recently updated to include NVIDIA's top card and now [H]ard|OCP has had a chance to benchmark this GTX 980 with custom quiet cooling.  The DirectCU II cooling system can operate at 0dB under all but the heaviest of loads and the 10 phase power design will mean you can go beyond the small factory overclock that the card arrives with.  [H]ard|OCP took the card from a Boost Clock of 1279MHz to 1500MHz and the RAM from 7GHz to 7.9GHz with noticeable performance improvements part of why it received a Gold Award.  If the ~$130 price difference between this card and the R9 290X does not bother you then it is a great choice for a new GPU.

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"Today we delve into the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX DC II OC, which features custom cooling, 0dB fans and high overclocking potential. We'll experiment with this Maxwell GPU by overclocking it to the extreme. It will perform head to head against the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX-P in today's most demanding games, including Far Cry 4."

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January 5, 2015 | 11:34 PM - Posted by Jesso2k (not verified)

By the title I thought Asus was scrapping the 980 Strix and rolling out another model of the same name ala something EVGA would do.

January 6, 2015 | 12:37 AM - Posted by wujj123456

Exactly! I was like WTF? Is there a HW bug or something?

I've been using two of these in SLI for a while. Overclock beasts, yet very silent. I am totally sold for Direct CU II.

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