Asus Strix GeForce GTX 980 Review: Less money, more performance

By Mithun Mohandas | Updated Dec 10 2014
Asus Strix GeForce GTX 980  Review: Less money, more performance
  • PROS
  • Less expensive than competition
  • Aluminium build
  • 0db fan technology
  • CONS
  • Zotac AMP performs slightly better

Verdict

When it comes to performance, the Asus GTX 980 scores more than a stock card, which is obvious, and comes close to the ZOTAC AMP! Extreme. The Asus card is preferable for its factory overclock and sticking to a dual slot width.

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 980 detailed review

Having earlier seen the Asus Strix GTX 970, the 980 had us excited. Being the only other custom GTX 980 that we’ve had the privilege to test, what was keeping us on the edge of our seats was whether this would outperform the ZOTAC GTX 980 AMP! Extreme. But first, the build quality! We noted that the width has been restricted to two slots which is ideal for high end cards since the enthusiast segment is where SLI is most often seen and the ZOTAC card, with a protruding chassis on the front, kind of loses out on 3-way and / or 4-way SLI on boards with PCIe slots that are too close to each other. The materials used in the construction of the body is mostly comprised of aluminium which is great for heat dissipation. The 0dB technology which keeps the fans in an off state until they're absolutely needed aids noise reduction.


When it comes to performance, the Asus GTX 980 scores more than a stock card, which is obvious, and comes close to the ZOTAC AMP! Extreme. In games where the Asus Strix scores 4-7 FPS ahead of the stock card, the ZOTAC variant ends up scoring 4-7 FPS ahead of Asus. So unless you are finicky about getting those few extra frames, it doesn’t matter. The Asus card is preferable for its factory overclock and sticking to a dual slot width.

Specifications:

Chipset: GM204
Base clock: 1178MHz
Memory clock: 1753MHz
CUDA cores - 2048
Texture Units: 128
ROPs: 64
Manufacturing process: 28nm, PCIe 3.0, 4096 x 2160 digital resolution support, 4 GB Memory
DirectX support: 12
OpenGL support: 4.5
Power Connectors: 8Pin+6Pin
TDP: Upto 300W
Dimensions (LxWxD): 289 x 134 x 41 mm
Warranty: 3 years warranty

Asus Strix GeForce GTX 980 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹49875
Release Date: 09 Dec 2014
Market Status: Launched

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