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ASUS announces Strix GTX 750 Ti OC with semi-passive technology

by Mark Tyson on 16 July 2014, 11:27

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Following the launch of Palit's passively cooled Nvidia GeForce GTX 750(Ti) KalmX range of graphics cards we wrote about yesterday, ASUS has announced an interesting SKU utilising the same GPU. The ASUS Strix GTX 750 Ti OC is obviously based upon an overclocked Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti and employs the semi-passive Strix cooling technology we first heard about in May.

As mentioned above, we first saw the owl-themed Strix range appear in May. At that time the range consisted of just two graphics cards; the rather high end Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780, based upon the AMD Radeon R9 280 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 respectively. Readers should be happy with today's announcement by ASUS RoG, as at that time various comments were made wishing for the Strix cooling tech on a lower end card. Also yesterday some readers thought Palit's totally fanless design would be trumped by something like an ASUS Strix GTX 750 (Ti) model.

Faster, cooler, quieter and longer lasting

As a reminder of the capabilities and functionality of the Strix range please check out the video below. Also ASUS describes the utility of the Strix cooling system on the ASUS Strix GTX 750 Ti OC as providing up to 7.7 per cent faster performance while the DirectCU II cooler is 58 per cent cooler and three times quieter than reference. It also claims its Super Alloy Power components will give you a product with a 2.5X lifespan.

Counter-Strike played at 1080p = light gaming

Concerning what level of exertion is required before your Strix fans need to spin up, ASUS says that "When playing at high-definition (HD) resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, and in environmental temperatures of up to 50°C, the Strix GTX 750 Ti OC automatically stop its fan — allowing gamers to enjoy titles like Counter-Strike Online in absolute (0dB) silence." So now you all know how 'light gaming' is defined by ASUS…

STRIX-GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 specifications:

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti
  • PCI Express 3.0
  • 1124MHz base clock speed, 1202MHz boosted speed
  • 2048MB (2GB) GDDR5 memory, 5400MHz memory clock
  • 128-bit memory interface
  • 1 x Dual-link DVI-I output, 1 x DisplayPort output, 1 x HDMI output

ASUS has signalled that the ASUS Strix GTX 750 Ti will be available worldwide from the end of this month. However we don't have any pricing indications as yet.



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Nothing new here. Asus them selves as well as every other vendor has had heat based variable speed coolers for years #facepalm
Plasmastorm
Nothing new here. Asus them selves as well as every other vendor has had heat based variable speed coolers for years #facepalm

Sure, but only Asus has a heat based variable speed cooler which starts at zero RPM. Which more vendors should be doing, really, because nVidia's 700 series idles really really well. Good enough for passive cooling.
This is pretty useful for a mini pc for video and light-ish gaming. Should be silent for video and will ramp up for games.

I suspect this will become more commonplace and I don't understand the technical reasons why this isn't the case already but it's useful. SOme Corsair PSUs do this, would be nice if CPU could as well. Silent at idle is an achievable goal
krazy_olie
This is pretty useful for a mini pc for video and light-ish gaming. Should be silent for video and will ramp up for games.

I suspect this will become more commonplace and I don't understand the technical reasons why this isn't the case already but it's useful. SOme Corsair PSUs do this, would be nice if CPU could as well. Silent at idle is an achievable goal

This would be a welcome addition but I don't think this would be achievable on a stock heat sink. It would have to be after market addition but I'd be happy to consider it if the majority of time spent using my computer could be completely silent.

On the other hand, water cooled systems can be tuned to be very quiet, near silent, but that's obviously a system that takes up a lot of space and a lot of money.
What I would like to see too is fanless mode which works with something AMD's ZeroCore feature. ZeroCore only kicks in on Crossfire setups and allows the non-primary card to (almost) turn off. The ideal thing would be for ZeroCore or something similar to be usable with iGPU. With most CPUs now having an onboard iGPU, the ideal thing would be connect the monitor to that, and have the dGPU only turn on when there is actually and 3D load. The rest of the time the dGPU could be totally fanless. This would require some kind of frame-buffer transfer thing like Lucid Virtu.

Biggest problem (and this is probably the sticking point) is that it would require that the drivers to be aware of all this. So for it to catch on, it would really require support from all three vendors, although AMD could work on something like this with their APU + GPU combinations.