Jan 19, 2014 Written by: MarshallR

Press Release: ASUS Announces Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970

The GTX 900 series is based on the new, power efficient 'Maxwell' core that first launched with the GTX 750 Ti. The GTX 980 and GTX 970, however, use the bigger GM204 GPU, with 2048 and 1664 cores respectively.

ASUS has launched Strix GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, bringing the benefits of a DirectCU II cooler with fatter, 10mm heatpipes, fan shut-off at low temps (0dB fan tech) and the usual DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power upgrades inside. Both are factory overclocked to factory-overclocked at 1279MHz and 1253MHz respectively and are packed with 4GB of 7GHz GDDR5 (effective).

Read the full info in the press release below the pics. We've put the Strix GTX 980 picture gallery over here.

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Press Release

ASUS Announces Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970

Gaming graphics cards with factory-overclocked cores deliver cool and silent gaming experiences

 

Taipei, Taiwan (19th September, 2014) — ASUS today announced Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970, all-new gaming graphics cards packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II for cooler, quieter and faster performance for incredible action gaming; 0dB fan technology for light gameplay in total silence; and Blu-ray movie playback that’s free from distracting background noise.

The new cards feature exclusive ASUS Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology and Super Alloy Power components for enhanced durability and cooling, and GPU Tweak for overclocking and online streaming that’s as simple as it is flexible. Both cards come equipped with a DisplayPort interface to support connections up to 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) resolution.

Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 are factory-overclocked at 1279MHz and 1253MHz respectively for better gameplay experiences. They are fitted with 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory that races along at boosted speeds of up to 7010MHz. When running the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, Strix GTX 980 performs 3.7% faster and Strix GTX 970 performs 7% faster than reference designs.

Strix GTX 980 comes with comes with sleek red and black metallic stickers that lets gamers customize their card to give it their own unique look.

 

Play in total silence with 0db fan technology, and enjoy incredible stability with DirectCU II cooling

Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 both come with the ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology that outperforms reference designs with its 10mm heat pipe that transports 40% more heat away from the GPU. The design also provides 220% more heat dissipation, resulting in performance that is 30% cooler and 3X quieter than reference for incredible stability and very low noise during intense gaming sessions.

Strix ups the ante even more with 0dB fan technology that lets players enjoy games like League of Legends® and StarCraft® in complete silence, due to a thermal design that is able to keep GPU temperatures below a set level, when the fan stops completely.

 

Power up for the win — Digi+ VRM with Super Alloy Power

Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 include Digi+ VRM technology. This 10-phase power design in Strix GTX 980 and 6-phase design in Strix GTX 970 uses digital voltage regulators to reduce power noise by 30%, enhance energy efficiency by 15%, widen voltage modulation tolerance, and improve overall stability and longevity by 2.5X compared to reference designs. Strix GTX 970 is designed to use a single 8-pin power connecter for clean and hassle-free cable management.

 

Real-time monitoring and control with GPU Tweak

Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 come with GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that enables users to squeeze the very best performance from their graphics card. GPU Tweak provides the ability to finely control GPU speeds, voltages and video memory clock speeds in real time, so overclocking is easy and can be carried out with high confidence.

GPU Tweak also includes a streaming tool that lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, meaning others can watch live as games are played. It is even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Strix GTX 980 and GTX 970 gaming graphics cards will be available worldwide from 19th September, 2014. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

SPECIFICATIONS1

Strix GTX 980

Model

STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5

Graphics Engine

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980

Bus Standard

PCI Express® 3.0

OpenGL

OpenGL® 4.4

Video Memory

4GB GDDR5

GPU boost Clock

1279MHz

GPU base Clock

1178MHz

CUDA cores

2048

Memory Clock

7010MHz

Memory Interface

256-bit

DVI Output

1 x native Dual-link DVI-I

HDMI Output

1 x native HDMI 2.0

HDCP compliant

Yes

DisplayPort

3 x native DisplayPort 1.2

Adapter/Cable Bundled

1 x power cable

Software Bundled

ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver

Dimension

5.27 x 11.36 x 1.6in

 

 

Strix GTX 970

Model

STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5

Graphics Engine

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 970

Bus Standard

PCI Express® 3.0

OpenGL

OpenGL® 4.4

Video Memory

4GB GDDR5

GPU boost Clock

1253MHz

GPU base Clock

1114MHz

CUDA cores

1664

Memory Clock

7010MHz

Memory Interface

256-bit

DVI Output

1 x DVI-I
1 x DVI-D

HDMI Output

1 x native HDMI 2.0

HDCP compliant

Yes

DisplayPort

1 x native DisplayPort 1.2

Software Bundled

GPU Tweak

Dimensions

5.5 x 11 x 1.57in

 

[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.

 

 

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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 and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 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 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

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