Jul 02, 2015 Written by: Bahz

ASUS Announces Strix GTX 980 Ti with DirectCU III Technology

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ASUS announces the release of the Strix 980 Ti, it's a model that incorporates the next generation DirectCU III technology which features 220% larger cooling surface area for better heat dissipation and runs 30% cooler when compared to reference. This card is powered by a Maxwell GM200 GPU (same as Titan X), has 2816 CUDA cores and comes factory-overclocked with the GPU base clock up to 1216MHz (up from 1000MHz), the GPU boost clock up to 1317MHz in OC mode (up from 1075MHz), and the 6GB of GDDR5 memory operating at 7200MHz (effective) on the 384bit memory bus (256bit on the GTX 980).

ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti

If silence is something of importance to you then you'll find the Strix GTX 980 Ti to be even more intriguing than it already is.  First to incorporate DirectCU III, Strix GTX 980 Ti ups the ante now with three uniquely designed fans, and features Wing-blade 0dB Fan Technology exclusive to ASUS. The new and improved technology helps increase air pressure on the fans by 105%, ensuring that hot air is quickly and effectively moved through the fins of the heat sink. Since the card is so effectively cooled, the fans on the card will not spin up unless the card reaches 65°C or higher, allowing for absolute 0dB silence when it's below that.

ASUS video cards are manufactured through our industry-first 100% automated production process or what is better known as ASUS Auto-Extreme technology. The technology allows ASUS video cards to be flux-free to prevent any possibility of failure due to oxidation and also features the use of Super Alloy II components, offering the most reliable and highest quality video cards in the industry. For over 20 years ASUS has been at the forefront of researching and developing new technologies for video cards, you can read more about the history and milestone achievements on our 20th Anniversary website

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Press Release


ASUS Announces Strix GTX 980 Ti

Blazing-fast, armor-protected graphics card delivers up to 30% cooler and three times quieter gaming performance than reference card



  • Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade fan for 30%-cooler, 3X-quieter operation, plus silent 0dB mode
  • Premium quality and reliability: Industry-first Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components
  • Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for easy tweaking and streaming


Taipei, Taiwan (2nd July, 2015) — ASUS today announced Strix GTX 980 Ti , a super-cool new graphics card with pumped gaming performance, perfected manufacturing, and strong fortification for extreme reliability and longevity.

Powered by the latest GeForce® GTX  980 Ti graphics-processing units (GPUs), Strix GTX 980 Ti features GPU boost clock speeds of up to 1291MHz in gaming mode and 1317MHz in OC mode, delivering up to 24% faster gaming performance than reference cards in The Witcher® 3. It is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for 30%-cooler and three times (3X) quieter performance.

Strix GTX 980 Ti also has ASUS Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components for premium quality and reliability, plus GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.


Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU III with triple wing-blade 0dB fan design

Strix GTX 980 Ti is equipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU III cooling technology, which features two exclusive 10mm direct-GPU-contact heat pipes — outperforming reference designs for gaming performance that’s up to 30% cooler. It has three fans engineered with a patented, new wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and static pressure over the heat sink — giving a 105% improvement over fans without wing-blades. This exclusive triple wing-blade design operates at noise levels three times (3X) quieter than reference cards, making DirectCU III the coolest and quietest graphics card-cooling solution available to date. Strix GTX 980 Ti also features 0dB fan technology, which stops fan rotation completely during lighter gaming sessions — eliminating noise for undisturbed gameplay.


Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components

Strix GTX 980 Ti benefits from ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology, the industry’s first 100%-automated manufacturing process that removes human fallibility from the production line for consistent perfection — making it ultra-reliable in all scenarios, from general everyday use to hardcore gaming and overclocking. Auto-Extreme technology eliminates flux to minimize dust buildup and oxidization, and makes the rear side of the graphics card’s printed-circuit board totally smooth, increasing comfort for system-builders and enhancing overclocking capability by freeing space to add POSCAP capacitors. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Strix GTX 980 Ti features Super Alloy Power II components that enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, decrease buzzing under load, and lower thermal dynamics for unsurpassed quality and reliability. Strix GTX 980 Ti features a superior 12+2-phase power design compared to reference cards built with 8+2-phase power designs.

Complementing its amazing reliability, Strix GTX 980 Ti is built to be incredibly tough. It comes with a GPU-fortifier and strengthened backplate that provides superior GPU protection and also prevents the PCB bending over time.


Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster

Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 1-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

The final must-have flourish for Strix GTX 980 Ti is the Strix LED that lends a style statement to any system, with pulsating light effects.



ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti will be available worldwide from July 2015. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.






  • 1216MHz base clock in OC mode
  • 1317MHz boost clock in OC mode
  • DirectCU III with Triple Wing-Blade 0dB Fan design
  • Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II
  • GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory


About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

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