ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
The ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 was installed in our graphics card test bench without any problems at all.

ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card

This is our brand new test bench designed specifically for testing graphics cards. Check out our blog post to see what it is all about. It is made up of the following components.

Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X
Motherboard: Gigabyte X99-UD4
Graphics Card: ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970
Memory: 32GB Crucial DDR4-2133
Storage: Crucial BX100 512GB SSD
Power: Corsair HX1200i
Cooling: Corsair H80i GT
Case: Lian Li PC-T80

After getting the card installed we open up GPU-Z to check and make sure everything looks good.


As you can see the card is running at its factory-overclocked settings of 1114 MHz core and 1253 MHz GPU Boost.

For our tests we will be comparing the ASUS STRIX GTX 970 to other graphics cards we have on hand. Please bare with us as we just built this system, as we acquire more graphics cards we will be updating the graphs in this review. The cards tested today are listed below along with their core, boost and memory speeds.

ASUS STRIX GTX 970: 1114 MHz / 1253 MHz / 7012 MHz
MSI GTX 770 Gaming: 1059 MHz / 1111 MHz / 7010 MHz

Benchmarking Information
With a new test bench comes a whole new set of benchmarks. We really wanted to focus more on real-world performance so we have added seven of the latest games to our benchmarking suite. Games will be run at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions. Our benchmarking suite also includes synthetic tests as well.

Synthetic Tests
– Fire Strike
– Fire Strike Extreme
– Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark 11
– Performance Benchmark
– Extreme Benchmark
Heaven Benchmark 5.0

Game Tests
Batman Arkham Origins
Bioshock Ultimate
FarCry 4
Grand Theft Auto V
GRID Autosport
Max Payne 3
Metro Last Light Redux

Other Tests
Power Consumption
– Kill-A-Watt meter
– GPU-Z Sensor reading
– Furmark
Noise Levels
– Galaxy Audio CM130 Sound Pressure Level Meter

Now let’s get to testing!

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