Equipped with a heatsink-and-fan unit that can only be described as overkill, deliberately so, the bulk of the Strix card enables Asus to switch both fans off when idling.
Nvidia has turned out two impressive GPUs in the form of the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. As any value-conscious enthusiast will be aware, the GTX 970 returns the better bang for your buck.
Add-in card partners have a variety of options when designing retail cards. They can go small, cheap and clock a card in at reference speeds. On the other end of the scale, attaching a monstrous heatsink on a 145W TDP GPU paves the way for near-silent operation and massive overclocks.
The Asus GeForce GTX 970 Strix OC veers towards the second camp in no uncertain fashion. Equipped with a heatsink-and-fan unit that can only be described as overkill, deliberately so, the bulk of the Strix card enables Asus to switch both fans off when idling. The duo are near-silent when running at full chat, too, so it's a good option for folks who enjoy gaming thrills without the associated PC din.
Where Asus falls short is with out-of-the-box frequencies. It's clear the GeForce GTX 970 has frequency headroom to burn, but Asus plays it conservative by having an overclock bested by many of the competition.
The quality of Nvidia's engineering and aggressive pricing ensures that any GTX 970 is a good buy. At £300, Asus provides a near-silent card pregnant with the promise of lofty overclocks.
Silent at low loads
Near-silent under load
Runs cool when under the cosh
Almost as fast as a GTX 780 Ti
Efficient compared to last-gen
Mild core overclock
Only one DisplayPort output
No memory overclock
Asus GeForce GTX 970 Strix OC
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